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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]
- 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
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.
- Welcome to Cotswold Archaeology. We offer the full range of heritage and archaeological services from our Andover, Cirencester, Exeter, and Milton Keynes offices.
Lincoln Record Society
Robert Hardy Building
Bishop Grosseteste University College
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.
Milton Keynes Heritage Association
Website: Milton Keynes Heritage Association
- Milton Keynes Heritage Association formed in 1994 by a number of local heritage groups and museums, with the aim of encouraging and developing co-operation between organisations having an interest in heritage in Milton Keynes, North Buckinghamshire, and South Northamptonshire. It also has a central role in promoting heritage, by working closely with Councils and other agencies. MKHA has around 60 member organisations, with a broad range of interests and a wide geographical coverage from Buckingham in the west, Olney in the east, Towcester in the north, and Woburn Sands in the south.
Wesley Historical Society - London And The South East
7 Hornminster Glen
Hornchurch, London RM11 3XL UK
Website: Wesley Historical Society - London And The South East
- The aims of the Society laid down in 1893 were to promote the study of the history and literature of early Methodism, research into the Wesley's, and investigation into the beginnings and development of Methodism. Area: London and the South East. South East England consists of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and West Sussex.
Buckinghamshire Societies[edit | edit source]
- Archaeology in Marlow’s aim is to investigate and discover the archaeology and pre-history of Marlow Town and its surrounding parishes.
- Our Aims are to promote the study of archaeology, architecture and history in Bletchley and district; to protect and preserve buildings, sites, records and objects of historic interest; and to conduct and promote research into local history.
Bradwell Parish Heritage Group
Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK13 9AP UK
Website: Bradwell Parish Heritage Group
- The Parish covers the area of Milton Keynes enclosed by the Portway, Saxon Street and Monks Way grid roads with the western boundary being the area to the west of the railway line known as Bradwell Abbey. There are three housing areas – the old village of Bradwell surrounded by modern development, plus Heelands and Bradwell Common – plus Bradwell Abbey and the industrial area of Rooksley. As Milton Keynes approaches its 50th birthday in 2017 it is important we record the development and heritage of the modern areas as well as those like the old village that has history going back a very long time.
- The Society was founded in 1847 and is one of the oldest in the country. It is the senior body in the County in the fields of Archaeology, Architecture and Local History. It has an active specialist section for Active Archaeology, and is host to the Bucks Local History Network which runs a conference every year.
Buckinghamshire Family History Society
Northern Branch Meetings
Methodist Church Hall
Bletchley, Buckinghamshire MK2 2HB UK
Telephone: 01525 378082/01525 381751
Website: Bucks Family History Northern Group
- To provide a regular opportunity for local members to meet and exchange experiences and to receive encouragement and advice on their genealogical problems. To make available within Milton Keynes such of the facilities enjoyed by members of the Society elsewhere, as are practicable.
Central Branch Meetings
Turnfurlong Junior School
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7PL UK
Telephone: 01296 713765
Southern Branch Meetings
Bourne End Community Centre
Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 5SX UK
Telephone: 01628 476610
- The Buckinghamshire Family History Society was formed in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of family history in Buckinghamshire including the historic county. One objective of the Society is to promote and encourage the public study of family history, genealogy, heraldry, local history and other associated subjects with a particular reference to Buckinghamshire.
Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society
Haddenham, Buckinghamshire HP17 8JP UK
Southcourt Community Centre
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8LF UK
Website: Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society
- The BGS was founded in 1992 to assist members living outside the county with their Bucks research, and to help those living within the county with all aspects of their family history.
Buckinghamshire Record Society
The Honorary Secretary
Buckinghamshire Record Society
c/o Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UU UK
Telephone: 01296 382587
Website: Buckinghamshire Record Society
- Buckinghamshire possesses an abundance of historical records of every kind. The aim of the Buckinghamshire Record Society is to make some of these records more readily available by publishing texts, calendars and indexes.
Castlethorpe Historical Society
Telephone: 01908 510941
Website: Castlethorpe Historical Society
- Castlethorpe Historical Society was formed at the end of 2014 and aims to make local history interesting and exciting for everyone — not just history buffs.
Chess Valley Archaeological and Historical Society
8 Watford Road
Rickmansworth, Hertsfordshire WD3 3BJ UK
Website: Chess Valley Archaeological and Historical Society
- Welcome to the Chess Valley Archaeological and Historical Society, which researches the past of Chesham, Amersham and the surrounding Chiltern Region.
- In 1995 the Datchet Village Society was formed to help preserve the special character of Datchet and to encourage interest in its history and environment.
Hanslope & District Historical Society
The Club Hanslope
28 High St
Milton Keynes. Buckinghamshire MK19 7LQ UK
Website: Hanslope & District Historical Society
- We have a growing archive on our website consisting of maps, photographs, records, newspaper cuttings, wills and other documents.
Lavendon Village History Group
Lavendon Village Hall
22, High Street
Lavendon, Buckinghamshire MK46 4HA UK
Website: Lavendon Village History Group
- Lavendon has its own History Group (part of the Lavendon Old Peoples Welfare Committee). The Group has a meeting every month or two to listen to a speaker, usually on a topic of local or general historical interest.
- We are a friendly, local society dedicated to investigating the archaeology of the Marlow area and extending our knowledge of its development and history. We aim to share our findings with the local community to encourage interest in our joint heritage, to help preserve it and strengthen our communal identity.
- The aim of New Bradwell Heritage Group is to gather as much information as we can of New Bradwell’s development over the years. We would like to hear the memories and recollections from people, old and young, who experienced growing up and living in the village.
Newport Pagnell Historical Society
United Reformed Church
Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire MK16 8AB UK
Website: Newport Pagnell Historical Society
Website #2: Newport Pagnell Historical Society
- Newport Pagnell Historical Society was founded in 1984 by a small group interested in the buildings and people of the town and surrounding area and concerned in preserving the past for the future.
- Part of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological society, this active amateur organisation is based in the Milton Keynes area. The society aims to provide a forum and focal point for people interested in archaeology, and to broaden the discipline’s popularity.
- The aims of the Society are to develop a historical record of The Crawleys through the ages, to protect and archive the existing village records, to encourage the study of village history in our young people, and to record the memories of the older village residents.
Olney Archaeological Society
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK46 4EF UK
Telephone: 01234 711627
Website: Olney Archaeological Society
- The Society’s Constitution describes its objectives as “the arranging and holding of meetings, visits and other activities of archaeological and related interest”. This is achieved by a programme of lectures or illustrated talks on a variety of topics, mainly relating to archaeology but sometimes of general historical interest.
- Our main aims are to foster interest in the history of Sherington, past, present and future; to provide, through meetings and displays, an interest for members and non-members; to promote an awareness that today's happenings are the historical records of tomorrow; to preserve for the future the pictorial records of village life; and to make the material that comes to the society available for research by future generations and for general interest of all.
Stoke Goldington Association
Website: Stoke Goldington Association
- The Association website contains a growing proportion of the mass of historical information collected by the Association over several decades and stored as an archive of the history of this village.
- We usually have a guest speaker talking about some aspect of local history, but sometimes present our own research. Projects have included researching Tingewick’s 19th century trades and occupations and researching the village’s historic pubs.
Two Villages Archive Trust (Milton Keynes & Broughton)
Milton Keynes Village Hall
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK10 9AF UK
Website: Two Villages Archive Trust (Milton Keynes & Broughton)
- Two Villages Archive Trust is a voluntary organisation collecting archive material in the form of documents, maps, photographs and oral reminiscence. Research for a community drama had revealed a wealth of interesting items kept in unlikely places and which needed cataloguing and preserving, so a group was formed to undertake this and also to record changes as they occurred.
Wing Heritage Group
All Saints Church
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 0PD UK
Website: Wing Heritage Group
- Over the last 3 years the Group has been digging in the village and surrounding area as well as putting on exhibitions for residents and friends of the Group on Wing in WWI and WWII. In 2015 we created three new committees, Archaeology, History, and Family History. These have worked really well and we have achieved lots more than usual! Some websites list Wing in Leighton Buzzard but its website states that it is in Buckinghamshire as does www.maps.familysearch.org.
Woburn Sands & District Society
9 Woburn Ln
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.
Wolverton & District Archaeological and Historical Society
St. Mary's and St. Giles Middle School
King George Crescent
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK11 1EF UK
Website: Wolverton & District Archaeological and Historical Society
- We were founded in 1955 by a group of like-minded individuals whose aim was to make the general public more aware and appreciative of the story and history of our locality. The Society carries out research into the history of Wolverton and the surrounding areas and holds meetings on a variety of historical subjects and organises visits to places of historic interest, perform walks around the local towns, and at times help organise historic celebrations.