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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]
- The CBA South Midlands group, an autonomous local group under the umbrella of the national Council for British Archaeology. CBA South Midlands covers four counties – Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. They are an educational charity working to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group
St Leonards Parish Hall
Dacorum, Hertfordshire HP23 6NW UK
Telephone: 01494 758890
Website: Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group
- Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group is an amateur society founded in the early Sixties to stimulate interest in the Hilltop Villages. A regular feature has been the talks by guest speakers, be they acknowledged experts or enthusiastic amateurs, and the emphasis is naturally on subjects local to the Chilterns.
Goring Gap Local History Society
6 Nun’s Acre
Berkshire RG8 9BE UK
Telephone: 01491 871022
Website: Goring Gap Local History Society
- The Society has a good collection of historical material in its archives and has published several booklets. The archives are open to the public by appointment. Members receive an annual journal containing a variety of short articles on topics of local interest. The Society’s oral history project aims to record the memories of local people for posterity.
Lincoln Record Society
Robert Hardy Building
Bishop Grosseteste University College
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 3DY UK
Website: Lincoln Record Society
- The Society was founded in 1910 to print records and documents relating to the ancient county and diocese of Lincoln. The ancient diocese covered not only Lincolnshire, the second largest county of England, but also the wide area which lay within the medieval diocese: the counties of Lincoln, Leicester, Northampton, Rutland, Oxford, Bedford, Buckingham, Huntingdon and northern Hertford. Since 1910 the Society has published ninety nine volumes many of which are still in print.
Oxfordshire Family History Society
c/o Oxfordshire History Centre
St Luke's Church
Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2HT, UK
Telephone: 01865 358151 (outside UK +44 1865 358151)
Website: Oxfordshire Family History Society
- The Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of Family History. It caters to those with Oxfordshire or North Berkshire ancestry as well as those who live locally but with ancestors from elsewhere.
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
- 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.
Oxfordshire Societies[edit | edit source]
- The association is a friendly group of people who share an interest in the history of Adderbury and the surrounding area. We also present the history of Adderbury to a wider audience, through our publications, a programme of guided walks around the village, and through occasional exhibitions on Adderbury themes.
- We are keen to help anyone with Family History queries and to hear from anyone who can add to our knowledge of our past. In particular anyone with old pictures of the parish and any information about Aston Training School, Laundry and Jane Clarke, its founder.
Banbury Historical Society
Spiceball Park Road
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 2PQ UK
Telephone: 01295 753781
Website: Banbury Historical Society
- Banbury Historical Society was founded in 1958 by a group of local historians to encourage research into the local history of Banbury town and its hinterland.
- The Bartons' History Group is based in the villages of Middle Barton, Westcote Barton, and Steeple Barton in North Oxfordshire.
- One of the aims of The Bensington Society when it was formed was to preserve all that is best in Benson and so early on a History Group was formed.
- Our aims are ‘to acknowledge and encourage the interests of people in the local history of Bicester and the surrounding area’. We pursue this through a series of monthly talks; visits to local places of interest; exhibitions; producing various publications and historical walks.
- Chalgrove Local History Group (CLHG) was started in 1973 to record and preserve the history of the village of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire.
Chalk History Group (Charlestown and Lower Kersal)
St Sebastian's Community Hall
1 Douglass Green
Salford, Oxfordshire M6 6ES UK
Website: Chalk History Group (Charlestown and Lower Kersal)
- Formed in1949, the Charlbury Society grew out of the first Charlbury Historical Exhibition. Its aims are to foster an understanding of the history of Charlbury and encourage interest in the character and appearance of the town.
- This Society is the sister society to the Bampton Archive. The Bampton Community Archive was founded in 2002 to record and save the social history of this unique village in Oxfordshire.
- To advance the education of the public in the history of Cumnor and District.
Deddington & District History Society
Windmill Community Centre
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 0QH UK
Telephone: 01869 338637
Website: Deddington & District History Society
- The society is open to all and exists to promote awareness of and interest in the history of Deddington and its neighbourhood.
Didcot & District Archaeological & Historical Society
The Northbourne Centre
Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 8DG UK
Telephone: 07843 421029
Website: Didcot & District Archaeological & Historical Society
- The Society was founded in 1976 to promote awareness of and conservation of archaeology, local history, heritage, and artefacts.
Dorchester Historical Society
7 Queen St
Dorchester on Thames
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7HR UK
Telephone: 01865 341977
Website: Dorchester Historical Society
- A society open to anyone interested in history, and in particular local history, offering a range of opportunities to pursue personal interests.
Ducklington Local History Group
4 Pound Close
Ducklington, Oxfordshire OX29 7TH UK
Telephone: 01993 700822
Website: Ducklington Local History Group
- The Ducklington History Group uses a variety of techniques to capture and record data including interviewing, archive and newspaper searching, transcribing early modern documents, recording architectural features, collecting visual images, and tracing the histories of families and buildings. We also maintain an archive of material relating to the history of Ducklington.
- Eynsham History Group (EHG) exists primarily to encourage studies in, and to promote knowledge of, the history of the village and parish of Eynsham.
Henley-on-Thames Archaeological & Historical Group
King's Arms Barn
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2DG UK
Telephone: 01491 572271
Website: Henley-on-Thames Archaeological & Historical Group
- The Henley-on-Thames Archaeological & Historical Group, formed in 1976, provides a forum for archaeologists, historians and others with similar local interests. The Group has been active in archaeological excavations and in studying the history of Henley, its surrounding districts and their inhabitants.
Hook Norton Local History Group
Baptist Church Hall
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5NJ UK
Telephone: 01608 737103
Website: Hook Norton Local History Group
- The Hook Norton Local History Group exists to research and preserve the history of this village and parish, and to spread knowledge and appreciation of it among the public at large.
- Our principal goals are to research in depth the history of Iffley; to promote interest in that, and related, history; to develop an archive of documents and images, and to act as a repository for records and artefacts; and to publish historical material based on the Society’s findings.
Kidlington & District Historical Society
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2UZ UK
Telephone: 01865 375758
Website: Kidlington & District Historical Society
- The Society was founded in 1971 with the object of promoting an interest in the history, architecture and archaeology of Kidlington and the surrounding area and to research, compile and publish local historical records.
Littlemore History Society
Telephone: 01865 514374
- Did you live or work in Littlemore, or know anyone who did? If so, the re-formed Littlemore History Society would like to hear from you.
- The group, formed in 1984, researches, collects, studies and shares through publications and exhibitions, all aspects of the local and family history of the parish and local area of Long Wittenham.
Lower Windrush Historical Society (formerly Standlake & District Historical Society)
Standlake, Oxfordshire OX29 7SB UK
Telephone: 01865 300799
Website: Lower Windrush Historical Society
- The Marcham Society was founded in 1994 to encourage community interest in the history, natural history and environment of the village and the local area.
Middleton Cheney History Society
Middleton Cheney Library
103 Main Rd
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 2PD UK
Telephone: 01295 710278
Website: Middleton Cheney History Society
North Oxon Archaeology Group
Website: North Oxon Archaeology Group
Otmoor Archealogical & Historical Society
Islip Village Hall
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2TA UK
Telephone: 01865 379072
Website: Otmoor Archealogical & Historical Society
- The Society exists to publish archives, historical texts, bibliographical tools and studies about Oxford – the City as much as the University, its Halls and Colleges – and the neighbouring villages and towns in pre-1972 Oxfordshire.
- The society is active in promoting the study and conservation of archaeology and buildings.
- The Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is for everyone interested in the history of our county. We foster and promote the study and publication of local history and act as an umbrella organisation for local history groups, of which there are more than 80 in Oxfordshire. We also campaign to preserve and improve services for Oxfordshire local historians.
- The Society's objectives are to publish transcripts, abstracts, and lists of the primary sources for the history of the County of Oxfordshire and generally to stimulate interest in archives relating to Oxfordshire.
Radley History Club
Radley Church of England Primary School
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3QF UK
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Email (chairman): firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Radley History Club
- The village is now in Oxfordshire, formerly in Berkshire. The Club has an ever expanding collection of archives – photographs, maps, documents, books, audiovisual and transciptions of wills. The archives include a library of oral history – audio recordings of interviews with older residents telling their memories. The archive catalogue is presented according to 17 different subject categories (e.g. church, school, people, farms and land).
- The Sibfords Society began in 1993 and meetings are held nine times each year. These include external visits during the summer, and talks of historical interest which are held in the Village Hall. We concentrate mainly on the local area but are occasionally happy to invite speakers from further afield. We have an archive room where we preserve evidence for future generations.
- SOAG brings together individuals who are interested in archaeology, to inform, encourage research, stimulate further interest and enthusiasm, and generally act as a forum for archaeology in South Oxfordshire.
Stanford in the Vale & District Local History Society
28 Hunters Field
Stanford in the Vale
Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8LX UK
Telephone: 01367 718480
Website: Stanford in the Vale & District Local History Society
- The aims of The Society are to increase awareness of the history of Stanford in the Vale and surrounding places in the eastern part of the Vale of the White Horse; to encourage local history research and publish the results; to collect, preserve, and record objects of historical interest; to organise local history displays and exhibitions; and to publish newsletters, booklets, and pamphlets.
Stratton Audley Historical Society
The Red Lion
Bicester, Oxfordshire OX27 9AG UK
Telephone: 01869 277694
Website: Stratton Audley Historical Society
- Over the last forty years, members of the Tackley Local History Group have been exploring the past of the village and the people who have lived and worked in and around it from 12,000 BC to the 20th century.
- Thame Historical Society was formed to bring together people who are interested in all aspects of history, especially Thame and the local area.
Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group
Denchworth Village Hall
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 0EZ UK
Telephone: 01235 204115
Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society
22 Castle St
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8DW UK
Telephone: 01491 836096
Website: Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society
- The Society was founded in 1973, initially in response to an appeal by Oxfordshire archaeologists for local people to keep a watching brief on development in the town, there being no statutory protection for archaeological access in those days. A well-attended public meeting decided to broaden the new Society's brief to include history and the desire to link documentary research with archaeological investigation has always been, and continues to be, a fundamental concept in our approach to research.
- We have interest in the past, present and future of our village and the surrounding area. Formed over ten years ago, our constitution sets out our commitment to the history of the buildings, families and social structure of the village and to ensure our continued existence as a small village with a strong community spirit which embraces future evolution of an appropriate scale and character.
Whitchurch & Goring Heath History Society
Whitchurch-on-Thames Village Hall
Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG8 7EU UK
Telephone: 984 - 4489
Website: Whitchurch & Goring Heath History Society
Witney Museum & Historical Society
The Wesley Room
The Methodist Church
40 High Street
Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6HG UK
Telephone: 01993 703281
Website: Witney Museum & Historical Society
- The Museum has recently merged with the Witney & District Historical and Archaeological Society to form what will now be known as the Witney Museum and Historical Society. In forming this new partnership both societies are committed to extending their involvement in the Witney community.
- The Society was founded in 1987 with the aim and object of bringing together people who are interested in the history of Wolvercote in the City of Oxford and to encourage the study of the history of Wolvercote.
Wootton, Dry Sandford & District History Society
Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre
Wootton, Oxfordshire OX13 6DA UK
Telephone: 01865 326527
Website: Wootton, Dry Sandford & District History Society
- The stated object of the Society according to its Constitution is “the furthering and promotion of interest in History with particular reference to LOCAL HISTORY of the area”. This we have attempted thorough the work of individuals and small groups who have researched the documentary history of the area and have recorded landscape features, buildings, and oral reminiscences.
Wychwoods Local History Society
Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire OX7 6JU UK
Telephone: 01993 831759
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Website: Wychwoods Local History Society
- On the edge of the former Royal Forest of Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Milton under Wychwood, and Ascott under Wychwood are adjacent villages in the valley of the river Evenlode in West Oxfordshire, on the eastern edge of the Cotswold Hills. Shipton was the mother church for the old ecclesiastical parish which included Shipton, Milton, Lyneham, Langley, Leafield, and Ramsden.