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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Regional Societies[edit | edit source]

Albion Archaeology
St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Street
Bedford, Bedfordshire UK MK42 0AS UK
Telephone: 0300 300 6877
Website: Albion Archaeology

Albion Archaeology, originally established in 1972 as Bedfordshire County Archaeology Service (BCAS), is a professional archaeological organisation providing a full range of archaeological services to the private, public and voluntary sectors. Based in the historic St Mary's Church in the heart of Bedford, we operate on a regional and national basis, helped by good transport links to large parts of central, eastern and southern England.

CBA South Midlands Group
Website: CBA South Midlands Group

The CBA South Midlands group, an autonomous local group under the umbrella of the national Council for British Archaeology. CBA South Midlands covers four counties – Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. They are an educational charity working to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group
St Leonards Parish Hall
Jenkins Lane
St Leonards
Dacorum, Hertfordshire HP23 6NW UK
Telephone: 01494 758890
Website: Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group

Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group is an amateur society founded in the early Sixties to stimulate interest in the Hilltop Villages. A regular feature has been the talks by guest speakers, be they acknowledged experts or enthusiastic amateurs, and the emphasis is naturally on subjects local to the Chilterns.

Lincoln Record Society
Robert Hardy Building
Bishop Grosseteste University College
Longdales Road
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 3DY UK
Website: Lincoln Record Society

The Society was founded in 1910 to print records and documents relating to the ancient county and diocese of Lincoln. The ancient diocese covered not only Lincolnshire, the second largest county of England, but also the wide area which lay within the medieval diocese: the counties of Lincoln, Leicester, Northampton, Rutland, Oxford, Bedford, Buckingham, Huntingdon and northern Hertford. Since 1910 the Society has published ninety nine volumes many of which are still in print.

Woburn Sands & District Society
Village Hall
9 Woburn Ln
Aspley Guise
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8JS UK
Website: Woburn Sands & District Society

The Society was formed in the 1960’s to preserve and protect the amenities and rural character of the villages and hamlets in the area the Society covers. These include, Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath, the Brickhills, Husborne Crawley, Salford and Wavendon.

Bedfordshire Societes[edit | edit source]

Ampthill & District Archaeology and Local History Society
15 Coniston Rd
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 1QQ UK
Telephone: 01582 655785
Website: Ampthill & District Archaeology and Local History Society

The Society was founded in 1962 to assist the public in the study of archaeology and local history.

Bedford Architectural, Archaeological & Local History Society
Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre
Putnoe Heights
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 8EB UK
Telephone: 01234 344344
Website: Bedford Architectural, Archaeological & Local History Society

We are a group of local people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who share a common interest in the history and archaeology of Bedford and its neighbourhood. We are also actively involved in trying to ensure that Bedford's buildings of special architectural and historic interest are protected and to increase public awareness of their importance.

Bedfordshire Family History Society
Mark Rutherford School
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 8PX UK
Website: Bedfordshire Family History Society

The Society was formed in 1977 to encourage the study of Family History, Genealogy and Heraldry, primarily within the County of Bedfordshire.

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society
Priory Methodist Church
63 Newnham Road
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 9QJ UK
Website: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society (BHRS) was established in 1912 as a focus for the study of Bedfordshire history. The BHRS has been publishing the results of research by members and non-members of the Society for more than one hundred years.

Bedfordshire Local History Association
32 Grange Road
Barton Le Clay
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 4RE UK
Telephone: 01582 655785
Website: Bedfordshire Local History Association

The BLHA has been the successful umbrella organization for local history in the county for over thirty years. Members include: almost all of Bedfordshire’s local history societies, institutions such as the Bedfordshire Archives, and an increasing number of individuals.
The association promotes the study of local history within and around Bedfordshire and provides a forum for discussion and cooperation between interested groups, individuals and its members. They also seek to improve communications between local history societies and the broader historical network both regionally and nationally.

Biggleswade History Society
Trinity Methodist Church
Shortmead Street
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 0AP UK
Telephone: 01462 813724
Website: The Biggleswade Historical Society

The Biggleswade History Society has the primary objective of promoting the advancement of public education through the study of local history in Biggleswade.

Caddington Local History Group
Heathfield School
1A Hyde Rd
Caddington, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 4HD UK
Telephone: 1582 725391
Website: Caddington Local History Group

Its function is to trace and preserve any aspect of Caddington’s past (and present) including the surrounding area.

Carlton & Chellington Historical Society
Carlton Village Hall
The Moor
Carlton, Bedfordshire MK43 7JR UK
Telephone: 01234 721497
Website: Carlton & Chellington Historical Society

Clapham Historical Society
Narly Oak
The Baulk
Green Lane
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 6AA UK
Telephone: 01234 350353
Website: Clapham Historical Society

Colmworth and Neighbours History Society
Church Rd
Colmworth, Bedfordshire MK44 2JX UK
Website: Colmworth and Neighbours History Society

The neighbouring villages of Colmworth include Bolnhurst, Keysoe, Little Staughton, Wilden, Renhold, and Ravensden. We try to promote an interest in history, and particularly local history, through regular monthly meetings and also through our Research Group.

Dunstable & District Local History Society
Methodist Church Hall
The Square
Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1QJ UK
Telephone: 01525 221963
Website: Dunstable & District Local History Society

Hitchin Historical Society
Church House
Hitchin, Bedfordshire SG5 1HP UK
Telephone: 01462 423209
Website: Hitchin Historical Society

The Society's object is to increase and spread knowledge of all aspects of the history of Hitchin. We also liaise with other local societies on issues where we feel that account should be taken of the town’s historic character.

Houghton Regis Heritage Society
c/o Houghton Regis Town Council Offices
Peel Street
Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5EY UK
Telephone: 07956 546970
Website: Houghton Regis Heritage Society

Kempston Local History Society
Kempston Library
32 Halsey Rd
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK42 8AT UK
Website: Kempston Local History Society

Langford District and History Society
St Andrew's Church Hall
Church Street
Langford, Bedfordshire SG18 9QE UK
Telephone: 01737 312556
Website: Langford District and History Society

Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical Society
Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas)
Waterloo Rd
Linsdale, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR UK
Telephone: 020 8819 5580 or 08456 44 77 07
Website: Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical Society

The Society's aims are to promote an interest in the past and to carrying out research in order to record our recent history and prehistory and publish these results in books, newsletters and reports. In order to do this we aim to build up a multi-layered record of the district which can be added to over time, embellished by detailed study and accessed by people interested in any aspect of our past.

Luton & District Historical Society
Luton Museum
Wardown Park
Old Bedford Road
Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 7HA UK
Telephone: 01582 746725
Website: Luton Museum

Manshead Archaeological Society of Dunstable
5 Winfield St
Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1LS UK
Telephone: 01582 703911
Website: Manshead Archaeological Society of Dunstable

The study of the prehistory and history of South Bedfordshire and adjoining areas by archaeological methods.

Maulden History Society
Church Hall
Church Road
Maulden, Bedfordshire MK45 2AU UK
Telephone: 01525 405732
Website: Maulden History Society

The Society was founded to preserve the heritage of the village of Maulden and the surrounding area. We are building, together with St. Mary’s Church, a permanent local history archive to be maintained for future generations.

Potton History Society
Brook End
Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2QS UK
Telephone: 01767 260935
Website: Potton History Society

It is an active society which organises trips, publishes material and maintains a developing archive of past and present photographs and documents.

Riseley Historical Society
High Street
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK44 1DD UK
Telephone: 01234 708705
Website: Riseley Historical Society

We have published several books on the history of Riseley which reveal aspects of village life and the people involved. The books are still available and are rich in photographs and memories of the people of the village.

Roxton & District Local History Group
Roxton Parish Hall
High Street
Roxton, Bedfordshire MK44 3EB UK
Telephone: 01234 871321
Website: Roxton & District Local History Group

Talks, speakers, and outings to interesting and historic places.

Sandy Historical Research Group
12 Powers Close
Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1JS UK
Telephone: 01767 226392
Website: Sandy Historical Research Group

Sandy Historical Research Group was formed in late 2001, in order to capture the history of this Bedfordshire market town during the last 150 years or so (and further back where possible).

Sharnbrook Local History Group
Methodist Church
Park Lane
Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire MK44 1LT UK
Telephone: 01234 781791
Website: Sharnbrook Local History Group

The active programme will normally consist of a series of talks, regular visits to places of local interest and tackling the research projects where data is collected and analysed, results are published and historical records/photographs are archived.

Toddington Historical Society
Village Hall
Leighton Road
Toddington, Bedfordshire LU5 6AN UK
Telephone: 01525 873025
Website: Toddington Historical Society

Toddington Historical Society exists to research and record the history of the community and parish of Toddington. Toddington can trace its origins to the Anglo-Saxon period. In later centuries it was active in the strawplait and lacemaking industries.

Willington Local History Group
Methodist Church
Lydia St
Crook, Bedfordshire DL15 0AE UK
Website: Willington Local History Group

Willington Local History Group (WLHG) exists to promote interest in the history of the Bedfordshire village of Willington and of the surrounding area.

Wrestlingworth History Society
Memorial Hall
Church Lane
Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire SG19 2EU UK
Telephone: 01767 631373
Website: Wrestlingworth History Society