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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

Alston Moor Historical Society
Website: Alston Moor Historical Society

Alston Moor Historical Society was founded in 1973 and, due to the geographical situation of Alston Moor, it is a member of both the Northumberland Association of Local History Societies and the Cumbria Federation of Local History Societies.

Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland
Elvet Riverside room 140
83 New Elvet
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.

North-Eastern Catholic History Society
St Joseph’s
High Street West
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 1LX UK
Telephone: 0191 270 1065
Website: North-Eastern Catholic History Society

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
Bailiffgate Museum
14 Bailiffgate
Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1LX
Bell View Resource Centre
33 West Street
Belford, Northumberland NE70 7QF UK
Briardale Training and Community Centre
Briardale Road
Blyth, Northumberland NE24 5LA UK
Belmont (Durham)
Belmont Community Centre
Sunderland Road
Gilesgate, Durham DH1 2LL UK
Community Centre
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3NP UK
The Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA UK
Room 3, Brunswick Chapel
Northumberland Court
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7BJ UK
Pegswood (Morpeth)
Pegswood Community Hub
Longhirst Road
Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6XG UK
North Shields
Northumberland Square
North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1QU UK
South Shields
St. Hilda’s Visitor Centre
Market Place
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
Telephone: 0191 334 1048
Website: The Surtees Society

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.

Northumberland Societies

Association of Northumberland Local History Societies (ANLHS)
St Nicholas’s Church Hall
Church Rd
South Gosforth, Tyne and Wear NE3 1BJ UK
Website: Association of Northumberland Local History Societies (ANLHS)

The Association was originally founded in 1966 as the Northumberland Local History Society with the remit of drawing together groups and individuals interested in the history of the historic county of Northumberland and encouraging and supporting the formation of local history societies in the county.

Border Archaeological Society
Berwick Parish Church Hall
Off The Parade
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF UK
Website: Border Archaeological Society

The Border Archaeological Society has been active since 1997 with members from Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Berwick upon Tweed is in the centre of this beautiful area and is the home of BAS.

Hexham Local History Society
Trinity Methodist Church Hall
Beaumont St
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3LS UK
Telephone: 01434 601237
Website (new): Hexham Local History Society
Website (old): Hexham Local History Society

Hexham Local History Society was founded in 1966 and is now the largest local history society in Northumberland.

Killingworth Local History Society
St John's Church Hall
West Lane
Killingworth, Tyne and Wear, NE12 6BL UK
Telephone: 0191 2661993
Website: Killingworth Local History Society

Longhorsley History Society
Village Hall
Drummonds Cl
Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8UR UK
Website: Longhorsley History Society

Our aim is to research, gather and increase our archive on all facets of our history and to make the information available, free to anyone with an interest in our village, its people and its history.

Ponteland Local History Society
St Mary's Church Hall
Thornhill Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE20 9PZ UK
Website: Ponteland Local History Society

The Ponteland Local History Society was formed in 1968 to promote an interest in local history and to bring together all those interested in the history and traditions of the community.

Prudhoe & District Local History Society
Parish Hall
13 Front St.
Prudhoe, Northumberland NE42 5PW UK
Website: Prudhoe & District Local History Society

Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland NE2 4PT UK
Telephone: 0191 231 2700
Website: Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

Our aim is to promote the preservation, study and enjoyment of historical and archaeological heritage in general, and of the North East of England in particular. We are the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country, founded in 1813.

Wallsend Local History Society
St Luke's Church
10 Frank St
Wallsend, Northumberland NE28 6RN UK
Website: Wallsend Local History Society

The aims of our Society are to bring together all those who are interested in Local History and in particular the history of Wallsend; to record information about the town and share it with others through meetings, archives, books, talks, local history trails, trips, exhibitions and the internet.