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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 group was founded in 1998 to exchange history and information, and make a permanent record of Felbridge and the surrounding district. The area has a long history that changed little until the first decades of the 20th century. It is on the border of Surrey and Sussex.
- The Horsham District Archaeology Group meets regularly to carry out research into the fascinating history and more distant past of Horsham and the surrounding West Sussex/Surrey countryside.
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.
Surrey Societies[edit | edit source]
- This Society aims to bring together those interested in local history and to encourage research in Addlestone, New Haw, Ottershaw, Row Town, Weybridge and Woodham areas.
- Albury History Society was founded in 1971 with the aims of promoting interest and research in local history.
- Local history research on Banstead, Nork, Tadworth, Tattenham Corner, Burgh Heath, Chipstead, Woodmansterne, Kingswood, Lower Kingswood, and Walton on the Hill in the county of Surrey.
- The Barnes and Mortlake History Society was founded in 1955. The Society promotes interest in the local history of Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Bletchingley Conservation & Historical Society
78 & 78A High St
Redhill, Surrey RH1 4PA UK
Telephone: 01883 740156
Website: Bletchingley Conservation & Historical Society
Caterham, Surrey CR3 6JU UK
Telephone: 01883 349745
Website: Bourne Society
- The Bourne Society is a local history society formed in 1956 and named from the intermittent streams that follow the lines of the A22 and A23 roads in East Surrey, meeting at Purley to flow northward into the River Wandle. With around 2000 members in 1200 households it is England’s largest local history society. The aims of the Society are to extend knowledge of the local history of Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham, and to ensure the preservation of records and other objects of historical interest.
Bramley History Society
St. Catherines Preparatory School
Guildford, Surrey GU5 0DF UK
Telephone: 01483 892911
Website: Bramley History Society
- The BHS was formed in 1994 to research and record the history of the Civic Parish of Bramley, Surrey and its environs, and to promote a wider awareness of matters of historic interest in the area.
- The Byfleet Heritage Society has been working on a project to identify, collate and record all of the known records of burials in St. Mary's Churchyard.
Carshalton & District History & Archaeology Society
Milton Hall (the Darby & Joan Club)
Carshalton, London SM5 2LG UK
Telephone: 020 8647 2574
Website: Carshalton & District History & Archaeology Society
- The Aims of the Society: “… for the purpose of extending knowledge of local history; preserving objects of beauty and interest, whether natural or structural; placing archaeological finds in safe keeping; visiting places of interest; and providing instructive lectures.”
- The Society stands for good planning within the Parish, the preservation of ancient buildings, interest in local history, conservation of our environment, protection of the rural character of our area, and the promotion of local cultural interests.
Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society
East Croydon United Reformed Church
Croydon, London CR0 5LP UK
Website: Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society
- Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society has been involved in the study of science, local history and natural history, particularly as it applies to the Croydon area, for nearly 150 years. Drawing on the heritage left by some distinguished past members, the Society continues to maintain a museum and library, issue publications including our Proceedings, and run a packed programme of talks, lectures, walks, and seminars.
- The Group is a subsidiary of Dorking and District Preservation Society, holds monthly meetings with speakers, members' evenings, guided walks, and outings, initiates research into the history of the town and surrounding villages and works with Dorking Museum to support members in their research, and publishes books and pamphlets, and an annual journal, 'Dorking History'.
East Surrey Family History Society
East Croydon United Reformed Church
Croydon, London CR0 5LP UK
Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre
Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6AB UK
21 Paradise Road
Richmond-upon-Thames, London TW9 1SA UK
Southwark Local History Library
211 Borough High Street
Southwark, London SE1 1JA UK
St Nicholas's Church Hall
Robin Hood Lane
Sutton, London SM1 2RG UK
- For the past forty years the East Surrey Family History Society has been helping members trace their family history whether they have family connections to the East Surrey area or enjoy attending events connected with family, social, or local history.
- The Group is investigating the history of the village of Effingham and surrounding areas, and is collecting and making accessible material such as written documents, photographs and oral accounts of Effingham life in the past.
- The Egham-by-Runnymede Historical Society (EbRHS) was established in 1967 and covers north-west Surrey, specifically Egham, Egham Hythe, Englefield Green, the Surrey part of Sunningdale, Thorpe, Thorpe Lea and Virginia Water. The Society promotes interest in all aspects of local history.
- Epsom & Ewell History & Archaeology Society is the local history, archaeology and conservation society for the Epsom and Ewell area of Surrey. Our aims are to encourage interest in the archaeology and history of the area and to ensure that local buildings and objects of historical significance are preserved.
Epsom & Ewell Local and Family History Centre
Epsom, Surrey KT17 1UF UK
Telephone: 0300 200 1001
Website: Epsom & Ewell Local and Family History Centre
- The Centre was set up to promote interest in the study of the buildings, families, organisations, and topography of Epsom, Ewell, and the surrounding area. It is a partnership between Surrey County Council Libraries, Bourne Hall Museum, The Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology Society, and the Surrey History Centre.
- As well as Esher, the Society covers the communities of East and West Molesey, Thames Ditton and Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Oxshott and Cobham. One objective of the Society is to awaken and foster an informed interest in the history of the neighbourhood of the former Urban District of Esher.
- The Society holds a collection of archive material, including photographs and information on various aspects of local history. Where possible we are willing to help with enquiries relating to family and local history and we are always interested to hear from people who may be able to help with our research.
Horley Local History Society
The Strawson Hall
Horley, Surrey RH6 7HZ UK
Telephone: 07958 725604
Website: Horley Local History Society
- The Society was formed in 1951 with the main aim of tracing, recording, and disseminating information on all aspects of Horley and its surrounding villages in Surrey.
Kingston Upon Thames Archaeological Society
Kingston upon Thames, London KT6 6AG UK
Website: Kingston Upon Thames Archaeological Society
- KUTAS is a friendly Society for anyone with an interest in archaeology and history.
Leatherhead and District Local History Society
67 High St
Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8AH UK
Telephone: 01372 386348
Website: Leatherhead and District Local History Society
- The Society was formed in 1946 for everyone interested in the history of the area. It covers Ashtead, the Bookhams, Fetcham and district as well as Leatherhead.
Mickleham & Westhumble Local History Group
Website: Mickleham & Westhumble Local History Group
- The Group aims to preserve and expand the knowledge and heritage of our lovely communities by sharing photographs, stories, oral history and memories. We have a collection of archive material, including photographs and information on various aspects of local history. Where possible we are willing to help with enquiries relating to family and local history and we are always interested to hear from people who may be able to help with our research.
- Molesey comprises the two villages of East and West Molesey in North Surrey, England. The main aim of the Society is to awaken and foster an informed interest in the history of Molesey.
Newdigate Local History Society
Website: Newdigate Local History Society
- The Society was formed in the Spring of 1984 with the following objectives: to record the local history of Newdigate and its environs, to preserve objects of local historical interest, to record current local events. and to take action where necessary to preserve and protect our heritage.
Oatlands Heritage Group
38 Norman House
Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 9LF UK
Website: Oatlands Heritage Group
- Concerned with the lack of recorded history relating to Oatlands as a village and conscious of the rapid changes that now take place within the local community, we decided to begin collecting, researching and recording the story of the village so that it is preserved and available to all that are interested - whether that be a general interest or related to family, local or house history - and ensure that the village has its rightful place within the historical record.
Oxted and District History Society
United Reformed Church
21 Bluehouse Lane
Oxted, Surrey RH8 0AA UK
Website: Oxted and District History Society
- The Reigate and District Family History Group was formed in 1987 by a group of people interested in genealogy. The group meets every other month for a talk by a visiting speaker on some aspect of local, family or social history.
- The Group aims to encourage and assist in the study of local and family history. As our name suggests, we mainly focus on the RH7 postal district which covers the south-east Surrey communities of Lingfield, Blindley Heath, Crowhurst, Dormansland, and Newchapel.
- The object of the Society is to educate and inform the public about archaeology through a variety of activities. The Society caters for people with a general interest in the human past, whether local or world-wide, as well as professionals and those studying the subject.
- Richmond Local History Society: exploring the history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham.
Send and Ripley History Society
Ripley Village Hall
Woking, Surrey GU23 6AF UK
Telephone: 01483 224876
Website: Send and Ripley History Society
- The aims of the Society are to educate the public in the history of the ancient parish of Send & Ripley and of any nearby parishes.
- Aim: `To promote the study and knowledge of the history and archaeology of the area within the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark’.
Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society
The John Crook Theatre
Shepperton, Surrey TW17 9HX UK
Website: Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society
- The Society was founded in 1951 to foster interest in local history, particularly of our own area, namely Shepperton, Sunbury, Charlton, Littleton, and Halliford, both Upper and Lower. Members are encouraged to research the past and also to record the present for the benefit of future generations.
- We are the foremost charity supporting the study of the archaeology and history of the county of Surrey.
Surrey Heath Local History Club
Adult Education Centre
10 France Hill Drive
Camberley, Surrey GU15 3QB UK
Telephone: 01252 836 726
Website: Surrey Heath Local History Club
- The Surrey Local History Committee of Surrey Archaeological Society exists to foster an interest in the History of Surrey, both directly and in co-operation with other bodies. It aims to discover the past and to maintain the heritage of Surrey, in history, in architecture, and in landscape. It fulfils these objects by encouraging local history societies and individuals within the County, by the organisation of meetings and by publication.
- Surrey Record Society exists to publish records relating to the historic county of Surrey, which includes the parishes of South London as far east as Rotherhithe. Since its foundation in 1913 it has published transcripts, translations and abstracts of texts ranging in date from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, and in subject from central, county and municipal government to ecclesiastical, manorial, industrial and military history.
History of Thursley Society
Dye House Road
Godalming, Surrey GU8 6QD UK
Telephone: 01428 605749
Website: History of Thursley Society
- The History of Thursley Society has extensive archives of photographs of people and buildings in the village. They have numerous family histories of people who used to live and work in the village, and are always willing to try and help anyone who is researching their family roots in Thursley.
Walton-on-the-Hill and District Local History Society
St John The Evangelist Church Hall
59 The Avenue
Tadworth, Surrey KT20 5TA UK
Telephone: 0208 647 7602
Website: Walton-on-the-Hill and District Local History Society
- Our Objectives are to institute, promote and encourage for the public benefit the study of local history in all its aspects, to encourage the preservation of historic buildings, antiquities, memorabilia and records in Walton on the Hill and the surrounding parishes, and to publish such material as may be desirable in the societies newsletter, website or other suitable publications.
- The Wandsworth Historical Society aims to promote an interest in the history and archaeology of the Borough of Wandsworth. The present-day borough covers Balham, Battersea, Earlsfield, Putney, Southfields, Tooting, and Wandsworth Town.
West Surrey Family History Society
Adult Education Centre
France Hill Drive
Camberley, Surrey GU15 3QB UK
Trinity Methodist Church Hall
Woking, Surrey GU21 4LH UK
United Reformed Church
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QU UK
Friends (Quakers) Meeting House
3 Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LH UK
St. Andrew's United Reformed Church
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1LG UK
Woking Methodist Church Hall
Woking, Surrey GU21 4LH UK
Website: West Surrey Family History Society
- We cover the ancient County of Surrey, both Rural Surrey and the Metropolitan Surrey area, i.e., those parts of the old county of Surrey which are now in Greater London. Our meetings are held in the western part of the County.
- The Group arranges group meetings with visiting speakers, initiates research into Westcott history, collects and makes available photographs, maps, census returns, parish registers, etc., relating to Westcott, and issues a quarterly newsletter and annual report.
- Our primary objective is the education of the public in the history of the Borough of Woking and nearby parishes.
Wonersh History Society
Guildford, Surrey GU5 0PQ UK
Telephone: 01483 898339
Website: Wonersh History Society
- We are fortunate to live in a village that has so many stories to tell. The Society was founded in 1992 to research not just the facts but also to seek out the stories, to preserve them, and to make them available to the village.