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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]

Fenland Family History Society
St Peter's Church Hall
Church Terrace
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1HP UK

The Fenland Family History Society was founded in 2001 to promote and encourage the study of family, local and social history with particular reference to persons having lived in, or having been associated with, the historical area now known as Fenland. Fenland comprises the former Isle of Ely, parts of South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk.

Foxearth & District Local History Society
Foxearth Village Hall
School Ln
Sudbury, Essex CO10 7JE UK

This is the website of the Foxearth and District Local History Society. It is dedicated to the publication of research materials gained by its members on the local history of this part of East Anglia, in England.

Wesley Historical Society - East Anglia
Swanton Abbott Wesleyan Reform Church
3 The St
Swanton Abbott
Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5DU UK
Telephone: 01603 423535

The Wesley Historical Society – East Anglia encourages an interest in our Methodist heritage. Area: Counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Norfolk Societies[edit | edit source]

Aldeburgh and District Local History Society

The Society was formed with the aim of discovering the history of Aldborough, Thurgarton, and the surrounding area, promoting the recording of this history, and publishing the findings.

Alpington and Yelverton History Society
Alpington & Yelverton Village Hall
15 Church Rd
Norwich, Norwalk NR14 7NU UK

To research & publish the past and present in our village.

Aylsham Local History Society
Friendship Hall
Mill Rd
Norwich, Norfolk NR11 UK

The Aylsham Local History Society began in June 1984 through the enthusiasm of a group of local people with an interest in the history of this Norfolk market town.

Binham Local History Group
Binham Village Memorial Hall
Warham Rd
Binham, Norfolk NR21 0DR UK
Telephone: 01328 830700

Blakeney Area Historical Society
British Legion Harbour Room
High Street
Blakeney, Norfolk NR25 7NU UK

The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS) is a society for those interested in the history of the Blakeney Haven (covering the parishes of Blakeney, Cley, Morston, Salthouse, and Wiveton) and adjacent hinterland in North Norfolk.

Brundall Local History Group
Memorial Hall
Norwich, Norfolk NR13 5LL UK

We aim to discover as much as we can about Brundall’s history, to record it, and to share it.

Cawston Historical Society
The Heritage Centre
Cawston Village Hall
Norwich, Norfolk NR10 UK
Telephone: 01603 872111

The aims of the Society are to provide educational experiences for the local inhabitants of Cawston, Norfolk, and the surrounding area and anyone else interested in the aims of the Society; provide an archive with files, newspaper cuttings, documents, photos, objects, films, tapes, maps, and history of buildings, etc.; hold meetings and sorting materials and for general interest; and make history available for future generations and for research.

Cringleford Historical Society
Playing Field Pavilion
Oakfields Road
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 6XF UK
Telephone: 01603 505795

Cringleford Historical Society was formed in 1981 to promote the study of the history, architecture, antiquities and development of the village.

Dereham Heritage Trust
Trinity Methodist Church Hall
31 Trinity Cl
Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2EP UK
Telephone: 01362 695652

Formerly known as Dereham Antiquarian Society. From academic beginnings in 1953, the Society is now a friendly group of people who have a shared interest in the history of Dereham and the surrounding areas.

Docking Heritage Group
Tony Arter Heritage Room
Ripper Hall
High Street
Docking, Norfolk PE31 8NG UK

Our aim is to record, preserve, and present the history of DOCKING through various media and in a way that encourages people to take an interest in and appreciate their local heritage.

Downham Market & District Heritage Society
Downham Town Hall
15 Paradise Rd
Downham Market, Norfolk PE38 9HS UK
Telephone: 01366 384428

The primary aim and objective is to promote interest in and awareness of the historical heritage of Downham Market and its surrounding villages that make up the ancient administration area of the Clackclose Hundred. There are 34 villages and the town of Downham Market (the original administration centre) in the Hundred.

Fakenham Local History Society
Salvation Army Citadel
12 Oak St
Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 9DY UK

Federation of Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Organisations

The Federation exists to help co-ordinate activities between societies and to enable the sharing of information.

The Filby Association

We are an organisation of people the world over with the surname of FILBY or one of its many variants; FILBEY, FILBEE, PHILBEY, or PHILBY devoted to furthering the study of our name derived from the village of FILBY in Norfolk, England.

Garboldisham History Society
Garboldisham Village Hall
Church Rd
Garboldisham, Norfolk IP22 2SE UK

Great Yarmouth & District Archaeological Society
January - May
King Street
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2HL UK
October - December
Central Library
Tolhouse Street
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2SH UK
Telephone: 01493 661270

A Society for people interested in the History or Archaeology of Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society
King Street
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2HL UK

GYLHAS continues to thrive as members meet to enjoy a lively talks programme, slide shows, regular excursions, research, and of course, to share their interest in heritage, history and archaeology.

Harleston and District Historical Society
The Swan Inn Carvery
19 The Thoroughfare
Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9AS UK
Telephone: 01379 852844

Harleston and District Historical Society was founded in 1980 to provide a focus in the town and surrounding district for people interested in its history, to set up and run a museum, and to encourage detailed and well focused research into the archives, both written and physical, that abound in the area.

Loddon and District Local History Group
Lecture Hall
St John's Church
George Lane
Norwich, Norfolk NR14 6NB

Loddon and District Local History Group was formally constituted in February 2003 with the stated aim of "the advancement of education of the public concerning the local history of Loddon, Norfolk and the surrounding area"... and that is as formal as it gets.

Martham Local History Group
Martham Methodist Church
10 Trelawny Rd
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 4SR UK
Telephone: 01493 749775

We are not academic historians, but ordinary people who are interested learning about and recording the history and heritage of Martham, its surrounding area and East Anglia.

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Trinity Methodist Church Hall
Theatre Street
Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2EP UK

Our local members have an interest in Family History in general but do not necessarily have genealogical links to this part of Norfolk. However, we have a large number of distant members with interests in Mid-Norfolk and we aim to assist in their research by collecting and recording family history information from within an area of approximately 10 miles around Dereham.

Narborough History Society
Community Centre
Chalk Ln
King's Lynn, Norfolk PE32 1SR UK
Telephone: 01760 337076

Norfolk Archaeological & Historical Research Group
University of East Anglia (Room Arts 01.02)
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ UK
Telephone: 01953 453915

NAHRG is Norfolk's local history and archaeology club. To join you just need to be interested in Norfolk, its history, heritage, and archaeology.

Norfolk Family History Society
Kirby Hall
70 St. Giles Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1LS UK

The Society welcomes people researching their Norfolk ancestors and family history. The Society's collection of genealogical resources encompass parish register transcripts, monumental inscriptions, census returns, wills, family trees, pedigrees, photographs, Norwich birth & death returns, and a wide range of published work to help trace your family's Norfolk origins.

Norfolk Heraldry Society
Norwich Central Baptist Church
Duke Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR3 3BB UK
Telephone: 01508 493832

Norfolk Historic Buildings Group
INTO Building
University of East Anglia
University Dr
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ UK

The society, active since 2000, collects and records information on Norfolk’s historic buildings for those with an appreciation of the area’s rich heritage.

Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society
Stanley Cooper Room
Charing Cross Centre
17-19 St John Maddermarket
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1DN UK

We are brought together by a common desire to find out more of the history and archaeology of the last two hundred and fifty years since the industrial revolution.

Norfolk & Norwich Archaeological Society
Town Close Auditorium
Castle Museum
24 Castle Meadow
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3JU UK

Throughout its history, the NNAS has attracted people who are interested in the archaeology and history of Norfolk. Our membership includes amateur and professional archaeologists, but the vast majority of members are simply those who are fascinated by the history, archaeology, buildings and ancient sites in the area in which they live.

Norfolk Record Society
Trinity Guildhall
Saturday Market Place
King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DQ UK

The Society was founded in 1930 to encourage the study and preservation of Norfolk records and to publish editions of documents relating to the history of the county.

The Norwich Society
The Forum
Millennium Plain
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1TF UK
Telephone: 01603 765606

The Norwich Society aims to care for the beauty and history of the city and its surroundings. We aim to preserve, develop, and improve the city's unique character.

The Palgrave Society
St Peter’s Church
North Barningham, Norfolk NR11 7LB UK
Telephone: 01359 251050

The Society was formed in 1973 by a number of enthusiasts who were interested in the history of all bearers of the surname Palgrave and its variants. Over the last 40 years we have been undertaking detailed research to uncover evidence going back to the 12th century. We have published the findings on a regular basis in a quarterly magazine entitled the Palgrave Chronicle.

Pulham Market Society
Memorial Hall
Pulham Market
Diss, Norfolk IP21 4SU UK
Telephone: 01379 676292

The Society supports and promotes activities that protect, conserve and enhance the character of the village. Several books on the history of the village are available for purchase.

Terrington St Clement History Group
21 Northgate Way
Terrington St. Clement
King's Lynn, Norfolk PE34 4LG UK

Terrington Saint Clement History Group was established in 1987 when the vicar. the Rev. John Corfield, having had so many requests for historical information, suggested that we form a History Group with the view to writing a history of the village. Our researches for the books have resulted in a quite an extensive archive of photographs relating to the village and the area being created. The publishing of the books has resulted in many enquiries from people seeking information about their ancestors from the village and other historical facts.

Thorpe Hamlet History Group
Plumstead Road Library
Plumstead Rd
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4JS UK

The group has been set up to look at various aspects of the history of Thorpe Hamlet.

Walsingham and District History Society
Walsingham Village Hall
Wells Road
Little Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6DJ UK

Wells Local History Group
W.I. Hall
Church Plain
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1EQ UK
Telephone: 01328 710261

The Group's activities are monthly meetings and the collection of historical material connected with Wells-next-the-Sea and the surrounding area.

West Norfolk & Kings Lynn Archaeological Society
Marriott's Warehouse
S Quay
King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DT UK
Telephone: 01553 671239

The society is an environment for those who are interested in the local history of West Norfolk.