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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.
Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS)
Telephone: 01524 67523
Website: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society
- The Society's charitable purpose is the advancement of education and culture in the fields of the arts, heritage and science. To promote, encourage, foster and coordinate the study of archaeology, history, genealogy, customs and traditions with special reference to the County of Cumbria which now includes the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands and the Sedbergh district of Yorkshire. Affiliated groups are the Carlisle Affiliated Group, the Kendal Historical & Archaeological Society, the Penrith Affiliated Group, and the South West Cumbria Historical & Archaeological Society.
- The Cumbria Family History Society was founded to help members carry out their genealogy researches and our area of interest is the modern county of Cumbria, which is the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and a part of Northern Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
- CIHS was formed in 1985 by members of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society with a particular interest in industrial history.
- The Cumbria Local History Federation (CLHF) has a membership of Cumbrian local history societies, related groups and individuals. It promotes an interchange of information about activities and events. Additionally, the Federation provides a forum for liaison, a means of cooperation and a capacity for county-wide activities.
- DVLHG was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Our five year long study of the whole valley has restarted extending the survey to cover areas not walked in earlier phases. Our findings led to our current major project with Oxford Archaeology North excavating three medieval longhouse sites near Seathwaite Tarn.
- The Society is a charity which exists for educational purposes to promote the study of any aspect of the history of the Palatine counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.
Holme & District Local History Society
Burton Memorial Hall
Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria LA6 1NA UK
Telephone: 01524 782198
Website: Holme & District Local History Society
- The Society concentrates on the local parishes of South Lakeland (Cumbria), including Holme, Burton, Beetham, Hutton Roof, Heversham, Lupton, Milnthorpe, and Preston Patrick. From the beginning we have collected photographs, maps and books about our local area for our library. As the collection expanded with donations from members and non-members we started an archive section, now divided between two archivists: (1) Holme and (2) Burton & the district.
- The Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society was founded in 1883 to promote the study of the history of Lancashire and Cheshire. Its sphere includes archaeology (both traditional and industrial), economic and social history, architecture and the arts, and folklore. Its range extends from antiquity to the more recent past. Although the Society is based on Manchester, its studies and activities embrace the region.
- The North West Catholic History Society promotes the study of the history of the Catholic Church in the region west of the Pennines, the old counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Lancashire, and Westmorland.
- The Ranulf Higden Society transcribes and translates medieval Latin documents associated with Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire. Some people for their own purposes need to read and understand medieval records written in Latin or Anglo-Norman but do not have the benefit of the kind of support normally provided by postgraduate courses in universities. The Society was formed to provide a means by which they might receive continuing instruction in various relevant fields and encourage and support.
South West Cumbria Historical & Archaeological Society
Egremont Market Hall Supper Room
6 Market St
Copeland, Cumbria CA22 UK
Telephone: 019467 24634
Website: South West Cumbria Historical & Archaeological Society
Wesley Historical Society - Cumbria Methodist History Society
36 Kirkhead Road
Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7DB UK
Telephone: 015395 33865
Website: Wesley Historical Society - Cumbria Methodist History Society
- The Society was formed in 1976 and is one of several Regional Methodist Historical Societies which were originally branches of the Wesley Historical Society, established in 1893. We cover all aspects of Methodist history (including former Methodist denominations) with special emphasis on Cumbria.
Blackpool & Fylde Historical Society
Blackpool Cricket Club
W Park Dr
Blackpool, Lancashire FY3 9EQ UK
Website: Blackpool & Fylde Historical Society
- Instituted in 1935 to promote the study of History and Archaeology, with particular reference to Blackpool and the Fylde.
- A branch of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society, the Bolton Branch is a local society dedicated to the study and recording of genealogy and family history.
- The Burnley and District Historical Society was formed shortly after the Second World War to promote and facilitate interest in local history in its broadest sense.
- Aims of the Group include to create a better understanding of the origin and history of communities in Bury District, to bring a clearer perspective of their position and influence in society as a whole; to convey results of archaeological excavation or local history studies to the general public, by publication and presentation of artefacts; and to encourage awareness in community heritage, together with means of its investigation by giving guidance to those wishing to participate.
Cartmel Fell & District Local History Society
Cartmel Fell Parish Hall
Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6NH UK
Telephone: 015395 30535
Website: Cartmel Fell & District Local History Society
Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society
Cartmel Village Hall
Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6PL UK
Telephone: 015395 32591
Website: Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society
- The society was founded in 1996 to promote an interest in local history within Cartmel and the surrounding parishes in South Cumbria, roughly the area between the River Leven Estuary to the west and the River Kent Estuary to the east.
- The Society is empowered to undertake original research into aspects of Chadderton's history; make available to the public the results of such research; undertake the compilation and organisation of local history material which shall form the archives of the Society; undertake the organisation of displays of local history material; carry out archaeological excavations with guidance from professional bodies; provide comment and give advice, when required, on matters appertaining to the history and heritage of Chadderton; invite guest speakers to address members of the Society on subjects of a historical nature; and organise visits to places of local and general interest.
Chalk History Group (Charlestown and Lower Kersal)
St Sebastian's Community Hall
1 Douglass Green
Manchester, Lancashire M6 6ES UK
Website: Chalk History Group (Charlestown and Lower Kersal)
- Chipping is a village situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Ribble Valley. Our Society brings together people who are interested in the history of the village and the surrounding area.
- The aims of the Crosby and District Historical Society are to promote the advancement of the education of the community by developing public interest in all aspects of local history of the district of Crosby and surrounding districts of the Borough of Sefton, Liverpool, Lancashire and the Wirral.
Culcheth Local History Group
Culcheth Community Centre
2 Jackson Avenue
Warrington, Lancashire WA3 4EL UK
Telephone: 01925 752276
Website: Culcheth Local History Group
- The Society exists to research, record, preserve, display and publish the memories, memorabilia, buildings, and town of the people of Denton.
- Our aims are to raise awareness and interest in the history of the Ancient Parish of Thornton-in-Craven, of which Earby was a part. We aim to facilitate research into the heritage of Earby and District, including Thornton-in-Craven, Kelbrook, Sough, Hague, Harden, and Salterforth.
- The Eccles & District History Society meets monthly where guest speakers are invited to give talks and presentations on a wide range of topics relating to both local and national history.
- We are a recently formed local history society, made up of a diverse group of people who have an interest in the rich history of the Everton area.
Ewecross Historical Society
Bentham Methodist Church
5 Moons Acre
Lancaster, Lancashire LA2 7BL UK
Telephone: 033 3006 227
Website: Ewecross Historical Society
- The society was formed in 1968 to promote the study of history in general and in particular of local history in the area of the Wapentake of Ewecross (containing the parishes of Austwick, Bentham, Burton in Lonsdale, Clapham, Dent, Garsdale, Horton in Ribblesdale, Ingleton, Lawkland, Sedbergh, and Thornton in Lonsdale).
- The Furness Family History Society is a group of people having an interest in family history (in Furness or elsewhere) and pursuing their own researches while also helping each other in the subject.
- We were aware that a good deal of research is being done across the Fylde which would be of great interest to all local historians in the area, but that there was no system for liaising and communicating between the local societies. The idea of developing a network for local historians and the dozen or so Local History Societies in the Fylde – from Pilling in the north to Lytham and from Blackpool in the west to Garstang – was born.
- The Society's website aims to promote the work of the historical society as well promote interest in local history in Garstang and district.
Garston & District Historical Society
Garston Park Church
Garston Old Rd
Liverpool, Lancashire L19 9AF UK
Telephone: 0151 4272544
Website: Garston & District Historical Society
- The Aims of the Society are to pursue original research which is to be made available to all; to share information amongst the members of the group so as to add to the body of knowledge; to gather histories in any format; to mount exhibitions of an historical nature; to create and continue contributing to the internet website: www.great-harwood.org.uk; to publish booklets, leaflets, etc.; to act as a resource for material and information; and to extend any of these activities as opportunities arise.
Great Lever & Morris Green Local History Society
St. William of York R.C.Church
76A Lever Edge Lane
Manchester, Lancashire BL3 3EN UK
Website: Great Lever & Morris Green Local History Society
- The aims of Great Lever and Morris Green Local History Society are to promote local history to the local community, to produce publications on local history, and to deliver talks and lead history walks in the local area.
- Halliwell Local History Society was formed in 1986 by a group of people who were intent on recording and keeping alive the history of the Halliwell Township.
- The History of Kirkby Group was formed in 2000 and exists to research and publish information, articles and books about the history of the village of Kirkby in Furness, otherwise Kirkby Ireleth,which goes back at least to Saxon times.
- The Group's aims are to stimulate public interest in and appreciation of our area; to provide suitable premises for the display of social and industrial history; to secure the preservation, conservation, and improvement of features of general or historic interest; to promote tourism and encourage use of the surrounding countryside as part of a heritage framework; to encourage research into the history of Horwich and Rivington and to publish the results; to provide a social and educational service, giving advice and information and to act as a coordinating body to cooperate with local services; and to raise funds to enable the pursuit of our objectives.
- Covering Accrington, Altham, Baxenden, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, and Rishton.
Irlam, Cadishead and District Local History Society
St Paul's Methodist Church
Irlam, Lancashire M44 6DA UK
Telephone: 07548 187290
Website: Irlam, Cadishead and District Local History Society
- This local group is open to anyone with an interest in Irlam and Cadishead’s history.
- The LAS was formed because of an interest and commitment to the field of archaeology and the feeling that the new ‘Lancashire’ county area created in 1974 needed an archaeological society of its own. This new county archaeological society would provide a focal point for the local archaeological societies and so help to create a new identity for Lancashire’s archaeology.
Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society
St Cuthberts Church Centre
Preston, Lancashire PR2 3AR UK
Blackburn & Darwen
Ewood Park Working Mens Club
318 Bolton Road
Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 4HY UK
The Kay Room
Bury, Lancashire BL9 0LA UK
Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1EB UK
Telephone: 01257 262028
St. Martin’s & St Hilda`s Church
Fleetwood Road South
Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire FY6 7NL UK
St. Stephen’s Church Centre
Preston, Lancashire PR1 8DY UK
Accrington & District Blind Society
32 Bank Street
Accrington, Lancashire BB5 1HP UK
Irish Ancestry Group
Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire BB5 3LU UK
Lancaster & Morecambe
Morecambe Heritage Centre
215 Marine Road
Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4BU UK
London & South
210 Old Brompton Road
London SW5 0BS UK
Pendle & Burnley
Colne, Lancashire BB8 0AP UK
Kingsfold Methodist Church
Preston, Lancashire PR1 9EJ UK
St. Andrew's U.R. Church
Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 2HZ UK
Longholme Methodist Church
Rawtenstall, Lancashire BB4 7ND UK
Telephone: 01772 465319
Website: Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society
- Our aims are to advance the study of genealogy, heraldry, and family history; to find, publish, and make accessible relevant documents and records; to promote the preservation of these documents and records, especially by transcribing original sources; to collaborate with organisations and bodies who have custody of records; and to operate an information service and build up a library.
- The Society has branches in Blackburn, Bury, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster & Morecambe, Pendle and Burnley, Preston, Rochdale, and Rossendale. There are branches covering Heraldry and Irish Ancestry. The London and South branch holds joint meetings with members of the Cumbria Family History Society.
- Formed in 1973, we are the official co-ordinating body for local history in the County Palatine of Lancaster. We have members as far apart as Dalton-in-Furness to the north and Denton to the south, Fleetwood to the west and Farnworth to the east. Whether you are interested in Local History, Family History, Archaeology or Industrial Archaeology, if there is a bearing on Lancashire in your field of research, one or more of our member societies will be able to help.
- The Society was formed in 1898 and has published over 250 volumes of parish register transcriptions, either in hardback or on Compact Disk. These publications contain substantial parts of the registers of over a hundred parishes, printed fairly steadily since 1898. They include editions of more than fifty of the earliest Lancashire registers – in fact all the registers for the 16th century have now been printed. There are four awaiting completion for the 17th century. Transcripts or indexes of many registers made for the Society and waiting publication are available in the Society’s library of transcripts kindly stored for us in Manchester Central Library’s Archives Department.
- The LPNS collects early word-forms (broadly old spellings) of the names of places in pre-1974 Lancashire.
Lancaster & District Family History Group
Lansil Sports & Social Club
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 3PE UK
Website: Lancaster & District Family History Group
- Our Aims are to promote family history research, to compile indexes of local monumental inscriptions in gratitude for all the other splendid indexes that we use. and to increase our holdings, so our members can benefit by using them at our group meetings.
Leyland Historical Society
Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1DH UK
Telephone: 01772 641604
Website: Leyland Historical Society
- The object of the Society is to promote the advancement of education of members of the public in all aspects of history and in particular of the Leyland Area.
Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society
History Centre on Platform 2
Manchester, Lancashire OL15 0HA UK
Telephone: 01706 377685
Website: Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society
- To advance the education of the public by promoting the study of local history in Littleborough in all its aspects, and by establishing and maintaining a local research facility and archaeological workshop.
Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society
Top Floor Meeting Room
William Brown Street
Liverpool, Lancashire L3 8EW UK
Manchester, Lancashire WN7 1EB UK
Lord Street West United Church
5 Lord St W
Southport, Merseyside PR8 2BH UK
Skelmersdale and UpHolland
Upholland Library Community Room
Upholland, Lancashire WN8 OPB UK
Halliwell Jones Rugby Stadium
Warrington Conference Centre
Mike Gregory Way
Warrington, Lancashire WA2 7NE UK
John Dalton Community Centre
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Mayfield Avenue, off Royal Avenue
Widnes, Cheshire WA8 8PR UK
Manchester, Lancashire WN7 1EB UK
Website: Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society
- We are an active and forward-looking Society that brings together genealogists and historians with an interest in the area covered by the old Hundred of West Derby.
- Lytham Heritage Group was established in 1987 to preserve and promote the history and heritage of the Ancient Parish of Lytham, which includes Lytham, Saltcotes, Ansdell, Fairhaven, Heyhouses, Kilgrimol, and St Annes.
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society
Anglo-Scottish Family History Society
Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
Manchester, Lancashire M2 5PD UK
Website: Anglo-Scottish Family History Society
Oldham and District Branch
Oldham Civic Centre
Rock Street Resource Centre
Manchester, Lancashire OL1 1UT UK
Website: Oldham and District Branch
Bolton Family History Society
Montserrat Room, 1st Floor
Old Links Golf Club
Chorley Old Road
Manchester, Lancashire BL1 5SU UK
Website: Bolton Family History Society
Telephone: 0161 2341060
Website: Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society
- The Society was formed in 1964 and is now one of the largest family history societies in the world. Although the Society is united by a common interest in Genealogy and Family History, members also pursue interests in closely related fields. Many are also local historians, whilst others share an interest in the application of computers to genealogy.
Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Seminar Room 301
All Saints Campus
Manchester, Lancashire M15 6BH UK
Telephone: 0161 445 9124
Website: Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society
- We are interested in developing a greater understanding of the industrial archaeology of the Manchester region; recording, interpreting and where possible preserving the physical remains of industrial artefacts and sites in their social, cultural and historical contexts; and promoting and researching the industrial archaeology of the Manchester region of England.
Mere Brow Local History Society
Mere Brow Village Hall
65 The Gravel
Preston, Lancashire PR4 6JX UK
Telephone: 01772 814306
Website: Mere Brow Local History Society
- Our interests cover the often-elusive remains of the prehistoric period to the iconic monuments of the Industrial Revolution in urban Liverpool. You are sure to find something of interest - whether you are an amateur or professional archaeologist or interested in your local archaeology and history.
- Until the nineteenth century the Warton parish contained the townships of Borwick, Carnforth, Priest Hutton, Silverdale, Warton, Yealand Redmayne, and Yealand Conyers. They lie in the extreme north-west of Lancashire, abutting modern day Cumbria. Our studies concern the history of these seven villages.
Norden & District Local History Society
Norden Bowling Club
Manchester, Lancashire OL12 7RD UK
Telephone: 07812 447460
North Meols (Southport) Family History Society
Marshside Road Methodist Church
Southport, Merseyside PR9 9TL UK
Website: North Meols (Southport) Family History Society
- The Society, formed in November 1990, meets locally and provides support and encouragement to those people with an interest in family and local history in the area of North Meols, as well as trying to help with genealogical research.
North West Group of Family History Societies
Website: North West Group of Family History Societies
- The area we cover includes Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Burscough, Downholland, Halsall, Hesketh with Becconsall, Lathom, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Ormskirk, Rufford, Scarisbrick, Simonswood, Skelmersdale, and Tarleton.
- The Pendle Forest History Group was formed in 2007 by members from the Pendleside villages of Roughlee, Newchurch, and Barley to consider and investigate the history of the ancient area of Pendle Forest.
Poulton-le-Fylde Historical & Civic Society
Methodist Church Hall
Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 7ST UK
Telephone: 01253 885167
Website: Poulton-le-Fylde Historical & Civic Society
- The Society's website is intended to give visitors a flavour of the town and its past, present, and future. We welcome contributions from all those with an interest in the history of Poulton-le-Fylde and its surrounding communities.
- The aims and objectives of the Preston Historical Society are to promote the study of local history in Preston and Lancashire by way of social and natural history talks given by local historians and speakers, various events, and by using current social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
- The Ramsbottom Heritage Society is based in Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire, England, and was formed in 1987 to promote and protect the heritage of the town.
- Aims and Objectives are to provide a forum for those with an interest in the history and environment of Ribchester and the surrounding area, to undertake research and report on particular aspects of past village life, and to record the memories of those who live within the parish boundaries.
- Royton Local History Society was established in 2002 and is dedicated to "Preserving and Promoting the History and Heritage of Royton".
- The Salford Local History Society exists to promote the study of local history within the city of Salford.
St Helens Townships Family History Society
St. Helens Town Hall
Saint Helens, Merseyside WA10 1HP UK
Website: St Helens Townships Family History Society
- We are an independent group of family history transcribers and researchers, based in St. Helens, Merseyside, UK, who have a wealth of knowledge on local and national resources available to help you further your research. The group's aim is to research our family history whilst helping others.
St John's Local History Group
St John's Parish Centre
Waterloo, Merseyside L22 9RG UK
Telephone: 0151 474 2503
Website: St John's Local History Group
Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society
100 Chorley Road
Swinton, Lancashire M27 4AE UK
Telephone: 0161 794 4570/0161 793 7847
Website: Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society
- TAS was established in 1997 to record and preserve the historical standing remains for the public interest in the borough of Tameside (a borough of Greater Manchester).
- The Tameside Local History Forum was established in January 2000 to increase public awareness and use of all the elements of local history throughout the Borough.
Tatham History Society
The Old School
Tatham Fells, Lancashire LA2 8PS UK
Telephone: 015242 21277
Website: Tatham History Society
- Tatham History Society has the objectives to advance understanding and awareness of, and the education of the public in, the subject of the history and landscape of the parish and neighbourhood of Tatham in the county of Lancashire.
Urmston & District Local History Society
5 Avondale Crescent
Manchester, Lancashire M41 7AU UK
Telephone: 0161 7474185
Website: Urmston & District Local History Society
- To promote the advancement of education of the public by developing public interest in all aspects of local history concerning Urmston and district.
- Established in 1964, the Society’s aim is to encourage an interest in all aspects of local history with particular reference to Warrington and its surrounding areas.
Wesley Historical Society - Lancashire Wesley Historical Society
34 Leach Lane
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY9 3AP UK
Telephone: 01253 728907
Website: Wesley Historical Society - Lancashire Wesley Historical Society
- The Lancashire Wesley Historical Society was formed in 1984 with the aim of maintaining an interest in the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, in Methodist history in all its traditions and in its chapels and the architecture set within the broader context of English history, with especial reference to the region covered by our District.
Whitworth Historical Society
Whitworth Heritage Museum
Rochdale, Lancashire OL12 8RA UK
Telephone: 01706 344781
Website: Whitworth Historical Society
Wigan Archaeological Society
The Brocket Arms
38 Mesnes Rd
Manchester, Lancashire WN1 2DD UK
Telephone: 01257 402342
Website: Wigan Archaeological Society
- The aims of the society are to expand the knowledge and awareness of our local, national and international heritage; to increase our understanding of the historical significance of the area; and to provide a base for research and a resource for field projects within the area.
- Our main object is the promotion and encouragement of research into family and local history.
- Our interests are not confined to just the Wyre District but cover the whole of Wyre, the Fylde, and beyond.