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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.
- The Society was founded in 1855 ‘for the purpose of investigating the antiquities and early history of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Metropolitan County of Middlesex’. Its activities include arranging lectures and conferences, publishing research on the history and archaeology of London and Middlesex, and helping to monitor the state of historic buildings and monuments in Greater London.
London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society
3 Lyonsdown Road
Hertfordshire EN5 1JB UK
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
33-38 Theobalds Road
Holborn, London WC1X 8PA UK
St Paul's Centre
102a Church Street
Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6AR UK
Rayners Lane Branch
Friends' Meeting House
456 Rayners Lane
Pinner, Middlesex HA5 5DT UK
- The London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society was formed in 2001 from an amalgamation of two former societies: the London & North Middlesex FHS (formed in 1978) and the Westminster & Central Middlesex FHS. The Society's area now comprises the City of London, the City of Westminster, and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, and Islington, together with parts of Ealing and Hillingdon. We aim to bring together all those family historians with ancestors in the area or who live in the area.
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
West Middlesex Family History Society
8 Sandleford Lane, Greenham,Thatcham
Berkshire RG19 8XW
Website: West Middlesex FHS
- 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.
- Meets at various venues for lectures on local history topics. Annual outings, occasional walks, and tours. Research encouraged. Publications include an Annual Review, street surveys, etc. Bi-monthly newsletter.
- The City of London Archaeological Society was founded in 1966 to encourage interest and engagement in British archaeology, particularly in the heart of London and its ancient environs.
- The Docklands History Group is the leading history group for the study of the Port of London and the tidal River Thames. Among its membership are people with a long-standing interest in port and river-history who have published widely on the subject.
- The East London History Society exists to further interest in the history of East London, namely the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, and Newham.
- The East of London Family History Society’s aim is to promote and encourage the public and private study of family history, genealogy, cultural heritage, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to the eastern area of Greater London.
Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society
Jesse Mylne Centre Fulham Palace
Fulham, London SW6 6EA UK
Telephone: 020 7731 0363
Website: Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society
- The Society's purpose is to foster and encourage the study of local history and archaeology; to compile and publish historical material relating to the area of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; and to encourage interest in local history and archaeology by meetings, visits and other appropriate means.
Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
Kirkaldy Testing Museum
99 Southwark Street
London SE1 0JF UK
Telephone: 01923 269317
Website: Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
- The Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society was founded in 1968 to record relics of London's industrial history and to deposit these records with national and local museums, archives, etc; also to advise local authorities and others on the restoration and preservation of historic industrial buildings and machinery.
- AIMS - to research, publish, and promote the industrial history of the London Borough of Greenwich.
- Founded in December 1964 to publish transcripts, abstracts, and lists of the primary sources for the history of London, and generally to stimulate interest in archives relating to London, the Society aims to publish a volume a year.
London Topographical Society
The Octagon at the Queen Mary University of London
327 Mile End Rd
London E1 4NS UK
Website: London Topographical Society
- Founded in 1880 the London Topographical Society concentrates on publishing books and sheet material illustrating the history, growth, and topography of London of all periods. The Society remains true to the vision of its founders by making available maps, plans, and views, as well as publishing research, to assist the study and appreciation of London.