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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.
Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland
Elvet Riverside Room 140
83 New Elvet
Durham, County Durham DH1 3 UK
Website: Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland
- Based in Durham, but with interests throughout the region, the Society aims to provide an opportunity for all those interested in archaeology and architectural history.
Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society
Hartlepool Family History Group
Grange Road Methodist Church Community Centre
46 Tankerville St
Hartlepool, County Durham TS26 8DU UK
Telephone: 1429 282012
Website: Hartlepool Family History Group
Upper Dales Family History Group
Fremington Sunday School
Swaledale, Yorkshire DL11 6AR UK
Harmby Village Hall
Wensleydale, Yorkshire DL8 5PG UK
Telephone: 0743 2677 783
Website: Upper Dales Family History Group
Telephone: 01740 620367
Website: Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society
- The Aims of the Society are to promote the study of genealogy and family history and to educate the public therein by holding meetings, sharing information, encouraging research, giving assistance and producing publications for the public benefit.
- This society was founded in 1974 to promote research into the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the north-eastern counties of England.
Northumberland & Durham Family History Society
Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1LX
Bell View Resource Centre
33 West Street
Belford, Northumberland NE70 7QF UK
Briardale Training and Community Centre
Blyth, Northumberland NE24 5LA UK
Belmont Community Centre
Gilesgate, Durham DH1 2LL UK
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3NP UK
The Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
London EC1M 7BA UK
Room 3, Brunswick Chapel
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7BJ UK
Pegswood Community Hub
Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6XG UK
North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1QU UK
St. Hilda’s Visitor Centre
South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1AN UK
Telephone: 0191 261 2159
Website: Northumberland & Durham Family History Society
- The Society, founded in 1975, promotes interest in family history amongst its members and the general public. We have branches in Alnwick, Belford, Blyth, Belmont (Durham), Hexham, London, Newcastle, Pegswood (Morpeth), North Shields, and South Shields.
- The Surtees Society is dedicated to the publication of manuscripts illustrative of the history of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, principally of County Durham and Northumberland in North East England.
Wesley Historical Society - North East Methodist History Society
Telephone: 01434 608733
Website: Wesley Historical Society - North East Methodist History Society
- 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. The Society aims to encourage an informed interest in the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, in Methodist history in general, in chapels and their architecture, and in the broader patterns of English religious history, especially in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland. Area: Durham, Northumberland, and The North Riding.
Annfield Plain Family History Society
Annfield Plain Library
Stanley, County Durham DH9 8EZ UK
Telephone: 07903 772965
Website: Annfield Plain Family History Society
- We are a group of like-minded people with an interest in Family & Local History, based in Annfield Plain but covering the history of the whole of North West Durham.
Aycliffe Village Local History Society
Aycliffe Village Hall
9-12 North Terrace
Newton Aycliffe, County Durham DL5 6LF UK
Website: Aycliffe Village Local History Society
- The Society is for anyone interested in local history, especially that of the Great Aycliffe area.
- The history group was founded in 2009 and covers not only Barningham but the neighbouring villages of Scargill, Hope, Newsham, Dalton, Gayles, Kirby Hill, Greta Bridge, Brignall, Rokeby, and Hutton Magna.
Bowburn Local History Society
History & Heritage Room
Bowburn Community Centre
Durham, County Durham DH6 5AT UK
Telephone: 0191 3771391
Website: Bowburn Local History Society
- Bowburn Local History Society aims to produce a comprehensive guide to the history of Bowburn on its website.
Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
Chester-le-Street, County Durham DH3 3BP UK
Telephone: 0191 388 3667
Website: Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
- The Heritage Group was formed in 1986 with the aims of recording and preserving the history of Chester-le-Street and of making this heritage available to the public and to future generations in the form of documentary and photographic archives.
Cleveland & Teeside Local History Society
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire TS2 1AD UK
Telephone: 01642 816903
Website: Cleveland & Teeside Local History Society
- The Society, which was formed in 1968, takes an active part in preserving our heritage. We promote various projects in local history and offer advice. We maintain links with local archives, libraries, museums, and groups connected with archaeology, family history, and industrial archaeology.
- A voluntary association of local history societies and groups, heritage organisations, and individuals interested in sharing and promoting the history and heritage of County Durham.
Crook & District Local History Society
12 North Terrace
Crook, County Durham DL15 9AZ UK
Telephone: 01388 765189
Website: Crook & District Local History Society
- Crook and District Local History Society was formed in 1990 with the aim of preserving the future of our past through projects, publications and gaining knowledge from guest speakers.
- Dalton le Dale History Society was formed in 2013 by enthusiasts who wished to explore the heritage on their doorstep and encourage an exchange of ideas and opinions on all matters relating to local history.
- Since 1961 Darlington Historical Society has aimed to promote an interest in the general history of Darlington and the surrounding area.
Durham County Local History Society
Back Silver Street
Durham, County Durham DH1 3RA UK
Telephone: 01388 816209
Website: Durham County Local History Society
- The Society particularly focuses on recent centuries when County Durham was playing a major part in the economic and industrial growth of Britain and also making its individual contribution to the social, religious and political development of our country. The Society attends events promoting local history, issues a range of publications, arranges occasional talks free to non-members, and maintains its website.
Felling Local History Society
36 Princess St
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE10 0QT UK
Telephone: 0191 440 6153
Website: Felling Local History Society
- We are a group of Gateshead residents who enjoy meeting up to discuss local history.
Greenside Local History Group
Greenside Community Centre
Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 3PT UK
Telephone: 0191 413 4738
Website: Greenside Local History Group
Hetton Local and Natural History Society
Hetton & Eppleton Community Hall
Houghton Le Spring, Tyne And Wear DH5 8HR UK
Telephone: 0191 5262804
Website: Hetton Local and Natural History Society
- An Aim of the Society is to advance the knowledge and education of people within the local community and beyond as to the heritage, history, and social development of Hetton-le-Hole and the surrounding area, including Easington Lane, Moorsley, and East Rainton.
Lanchester Local History Society
Lanchester Community Centre
Lanchester, County Durham DH70JQ UK
Telephone: 01207 529085
Website: Lanchester Local History Society
- The Society has a programme of talks given by well-known speakers on a variety of wide-ranging historical topics, usually of northern origin and interest.
Middleton St George History Group
Middleton St George
Darlington, County Durham DL2 1JGT UK
Telephone: 01325 333213
Website: Middleton St George History Group
- We wanted to try to give people more knowledge of the village and the surrounding area and we hoped that people would contribute their memories of the village and that a few people might do some research into aspects of the village from documents in various places.
Ryton Local History Society
c/o Crawcrook Library
Crawcrook, Durham NE40 4NB
Telephone: 0191 4138164
Website: Ryton Local History Society
- Sedgefield Local History Society aims to promote interest in local history, particularly that of the Sedgefield area, organise meetings with guest speakers, and encourage historical research in the area and record outcomes.
Shincliffe Local History Society
St. Mary's Church Hall
High Street North
Shincliffe, Durham DH1 2NJ UK
Telephone: 0191 386 5916
Website: Shincliffe Local History Society
Website #2: Shincliffe Local History Society
- We started as a group of people with an interest in the history of Shincliffe and came together as a society in the late 1980's. We now have a membership of about 60 people from the village and the surrounding area.
- Our Group is made up of all volunteers, passionate about the history of St Mary’s and the surrounding area. We can help with family history research, utilising St Mary’s archives and parish records, and we are continually researching the history of the building, the people associated with St Mary’s, and those buried in the graveyard.
- The Society was founded in 1900 and by publications, research, and meetings, encourages interest in the history of Sunderland and its region. The Society holds extensive archives which have been amassed and donated over the past century by the people of Sunderland and these are available to members and visitors.
Sunniside Local History Society
Sunniside Social Club
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE165NA UK
Telephone: 0191 441 2374/0191 488 3763
Website: Sunniside Local History Society
- We are an extremely active history society with over 120 members.
Swalwell Local History Society
Swalwell Community Centre
3EX, 74 Clavering Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE16 3ET UK
Telephone: 0191 488 4221
Website: Swalwell Local History Society
- We’re an enthusiastic, friendly group who share a passion for the rich, distinctive heritage of the Tees Valley and Cleveland, with more than 10,000 years of archaeology – evidence for past human activity – on our doorstep!
- Preserving & recording the heritage of the villages of Thorpe Thewles, Grindon, Fulthorpe, Blakeston, & Wynyard.
- We are a small working group who research and actively support other community projects: giving talks to schools, church groups, or slide shows from our extensive collection of photographs.
- The Society was formed in 1988 and its aims are to organise an annual programme of talks and outings and attend events promoting local history.
Washington History Society
Washington, Tyne & Wear NE38 7LP UK
Telephone: 07736 010203
Website: Washington History Society
- Washington History Society is an informal group of people who work together to keep the history of Washington alive. We collect and preserve photographs, documents and memorabilia, while taking an active part in raising awareness of the town's heritage through talks and exhibitions. Washington history covers over 800 years and the Old Hall was home to the ancestors from which the 1st President of the United States, George Washington, inherited his name.
- Wheatley Hill History Club, founded in January 1995, is a thriving society whose very active membership is bound together by common aims which are to remember the industrial past of our village, to discover how our ancestors lived, to collect photographs and documents relating to the past, to build up an archive of materials that can be handed on to future generations, and to educate future generations by using the reminiscences of our members.
- The society was formed in 1970 by a group of twelve members with the aim of researching and promoting the history of the local area.