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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]

CBA South Midlands Group
Email: dp.ingham@albion-arch.com
Website: CBA South Midlands Group

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
Jenkins Lane
St Leonards
Dacorum, Hertfordshire HP23 6NW UK
Telephone: 01494 758890
Email: localhistorygroup@cholesbury.com
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
Longdales Road
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 3DY UK
Email: communications@lincoln-record-society.org.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
OFHS Secretary
c/o Oxfordshire History Centre
St Luke's Church
Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2HT, UK
Telephone: 01865 358151 (outside UK +44 1865 358151)
Email: help@ofhs.org.uk
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]

Adderbury History Association
The Institute
The Green
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3NE UK
Telephone: 01295 812125
Email: history@adderbury.org
Website: Adderbury History Association

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.

Ashbury Local History Society
Telephone: 01793 790181
Email: marionlt@waitrose.com
Website: Ashbury Local History Society

Aston History Group
Telephone: 01993 850440
Email: aston.historygroup@hotmail.co.uk
Website: Aston History Group

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
Education Room
Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Road
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 2PQ UK
Telephone: 01295 753781
Email: simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org
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.

Bartons' History Group
Alice Marshall Hall
North Street
Middle Barton, Oxfordshire OX7 7BU UK
Telephone: 01869 347013
Email: christine.edbury@yahoo.co.uk
Website: Bartons' History Group

The Bartons' History Group is based in the villages of Middle Barton, Westcote Barton, and Steeple Barton in North Oxfordshire.

Bensington Society History Group
Parish Hall
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6LZ UK
Telephone: 01491 837885
Email: micansue@virginmedia.com
Website: Bensington Society History Group

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.

Bicester Local History Society
Clifton Centre
Ashdene Road
Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 UK
Telephone: 01869 243804
Email: sallyjames46@hotmail.com
Website: Bicester Local History Society

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.

Bloxham Village History Club
Jubilee Hall
Brickle Lane
Bloxham, Oxfordshire OX15 4NU UK
Telephone: 01295 720951
Email: ian_myson@hotmail.com
Website: Bloxham Village History Club

Chalgrove Local History Group
John Hampden Hall
101 High Street
Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7SS UK
Telephone: 01865 890451
Email: gilllester@waitrose.com
Website: Chalgrove Local History Group

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
Email: chalkhistory@yahoo.co.uk
Website: Chalk History Group (Charlestown and Lower Kersal)

Charlbury Society
Memorial Hall
Brown's Ln
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 3QW UK
Telephone: 01608 811022
Email: susanmerry2@gmail.com
Website: Charlbury Society

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.

Chipping Norton History Society
Methodist Hall
5 West Street
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5LH UK
Telephone: 01608 641712
Email: paulinewatkins58@icloud.com
Website: Chipping Norton History Society

Clanfield & Bampton Historical Society
Carter Institute
Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2SP UK
Telephone: 01367 810245
Email: smithequi@aol.com
Website: Clanfield & Bampton Historical Society

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.

Cumnor & District History Society
4 Yarnells Hill
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 9BD UK
Telephone: 01865 724808
Email: unclegrimble@btinternet.com
Website: Cumnor & District History Society

To advance the education of the public in the history of Cumnor and District.

Deddington & District History Society
Windmill Community Centre
Hempton Rd
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 0QH UK
Telephone: 01869 338637
Email: thebyasts@btinternet.com
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
Church Street
Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 8DG UK
Telephone: 07843 421029
Email: dave@zygal.co.uk
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
Village Hall
7 Queen St
Dorchester on Thames
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7HR UK
Telephone: 01865 341977
Email: gail.thomas8@btopenworld.com
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.

Enstone Local History Society
The Thatched Cottage
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 4EF UK
Telephone: 01608 678820
Email: annefrancis1@gmail.com
Website: Enstone Local History Society

Eynsham History Group
St Leonard's Church Hall
Thames Street
Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29 4HF UK
Telephone: 01865 882400
Email: martin.harris321@gmail.com
Website: Eynsham History Group

Eynsham History Group (EHG) exists primarily to encourage studies in, and to promote knowledge of, the history of the village and parish of Eynsham.

Finstock Local History Society
Village Hall
Well Hill
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 3BU UK
Email: blog.manager@finstockhistory.co.uk
Website: Finstock Local History Society

Hanney History Group
Old Hanney Room
Hanney War Memorial Hall
East Hanney
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 0JL UK
Telephone: 0789 9913281
Email: andycwrob@btinternet.com
Website: Hanney History Group

Henley-on-Thames Archaeological & Historical Group
King's Arms Barn
Kings Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2DG UK
Telephone: 01491 572271
Email: membershipsecretary@henley-on-thamesarchaeologicalandhistoricalgroup.org.uk
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
Netting Street
Hook Norton
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5NJ UK
Telephone: 01608 737103
Email: scotlandend@btinternet.com
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.

Hornton History Group
The Dun Cow
West End
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 6DA UK
Telephone: 01295 670716
Email: kawain@zoho.com
Website:Hornton History Group

Iffley History Society
92 Church Way
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 4EF UK
Telephone: 01865 777048
Email: mpetipa@ntlworld.com
Website: Iffley History Society

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.

Kennington History Society
Methodist Church
194 Upper Rd
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 5LR UK
Telephone: 01865 739208
Email: georgerossken@aol.com
Website: Kennington History Society

Kidlington & District Historical Society
Moorside Place
The Moors
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2UZ UK
Telephone: 01865 375758
Email: kanddhs@yahoo.co.uk
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
Email: ritabevan@paston.co.uk

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.

Long Wittenham Local History Group
Telephone: 01865 407382
Email: familyhaylett@yahoo.com
Website: Long Wittenham Local History Group

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)
Village Hall
Rack End
Standlake, Oxfordshire OX29 7SB UK
Telephone: 01865 300799
Email: troberts@uwclub.net
Website: Lower Windrush Historical Society

Marcham Society
All Saints' Church Of England Church
4 All Saints Close
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6PE UK
Telephone: 01865 391275
Email: peter.fontaine172@btinternet.com
Website: Marcham 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
Middleton Cheney
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 2PD UK
Telephone: 01295 710278
Email: nigel_wadlow@btinternet.com
Website: Middleton Cheney History Society

North Leigh History Group
North Leigh Memorial Hall
Park Rd
North Leigh
Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 6SS UK
Telephone: 01993 882301
Email: power618@btinternet.com
Website: North Leigh History Group

North Oxon Archaeology Group
Website: North Oxon Archaeology Group

Otmoor Archealogical & Historical Society
Islip Village Hall
Church Lane
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2TA UK
Telephone: 01865 379072
Email: timothy.hallchurch@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Website: Otmoor Archealogical & Historical Society

Oxford Historical Society
Email: elizabeth.wells@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Website: Oxford 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.

Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society
Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2JA UK
Email: secretary@oahs.org.uk
Website: Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society

The society is active in promoting the study and conservation of archaeology and buildings.

Oxfordshire Local History Association
Telephone: 01993 778345
Email: secretary@olha.org.uk
Website: Oxfordshire Local History Association

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.

Oxfordshire Record Society
Email: oxfordshirerecordsociety@gmail.com
Website: Oxfordshire Record Society

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
Church Road
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3QF UK
Email (family history enquiries): familyhistory@radleyhistoryclub.org.uk
Email (chairman): chairman@radleyhistoryclub.org.uk
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).

Sibfords Society
Village Hall
Acre Ditch
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5RN UK
Telephone: 01295 780506
Email: ddavhug@aol.com
Website: Sibfords Society

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.

South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group
Goring Heath Parish Hall
Whitchurch Hill, Oxfordshire RG8 7NY UK
Email: info@soagarch.org.uk
Website: South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group

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
Village Hall
28 Hunters Field
Stanford in the Vale
Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8LX UK
Telephone: 01367 718480
Email: dnax@btinternet.com
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
Church St
Stratton Audley
Bicester, Oxfordshire OX27 9AG UK
Telephone: 01869 277694
Email: jeffaud21@btinternet.com
Website: Stratton Audley Historical Society

Tackley Local History Group
Village Hall
21 Medcroft Rd
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 3AH UK
Telephone: 01869 331335
Email: suejashton1@btinternet.com
Website: Tackley Local History Group

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
The Barns Centre
Church Road
Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ UK
Telephone: 01844 212336
Email: csear58229@aol.com
Website: Thame Historical Society

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
Barn Close
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 0EZ UK
Telephone: 01235 204115
Email: martin.buckland1@ntlworld.com

Wallingford Historical & Archaeological Society
St Mary-le-More
22 Castle St
Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8DW UK
Telephone: 01491 836096
Email: jason_king-spooner@msn.com
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.

Weston on the Green Society
Memorial Village Hall
Mill Lane
Weston On The Green, Oxfordshire OX25 3QR UK
Telephone: 01869 352006
Email: ianebohm@gmail.com
Website: Weston on the Green Society

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
Manor Road
Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG8 7EU UK
Telephone: 984 - 4489
Email: suematt@waitrose.com
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
Email: contact@witneyhistory.org
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.

Wolvercote Local History Society
Village Hall
1 Wolvercote Green
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 8AB UK
Telephone: 01865 554616
Email: ablscholar@yahoo.com
Website: Wolvercote Local History Society

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
Lamborough Hill
Wootton, Oxfordshire OX13 6DA UK
Telephone: 01865 326527
Email: jenniferkindell334@btinternet.com
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
Village Hall
Shipton Rd
Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire OX7 6JU UK
Telephone: 01993 831759
Email: mail@wychwoodshistory.org
Email #2: rogerw@bfocus.co.uk
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.