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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.
Avon Valley Archaeological Society
Ann Rose Hall
Greyfriars Community Centre
Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW UK
Telephone: 02380 332844
Website: Avon Valley Archaeological Society
- Promoting archaeology in the Hampshire Avon Valley and surrounding areas of West Hampshire (particularly the New Forest), East Dorset, and South Wiltshire.
Somerset & Dorset Family History Society
The Bow Room
Old Market Hill
Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1FH UK
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RG UK
Telephone: 01258 472942
Website: Blackmore Vale
Hilda Coles Learning Centre
Priests House Museum
23-27 High St
Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HR UK
Telephone: 01202 772327
Website: East Dorset
- The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society aims to provide assistance to all those researching their families in the two counties, no matter where they live.
- The Association is a small group dedicated to researching, investigating, and excavating.
Bournemouth and Beyond Discovery Group
Richmond Hill St. Andrews United Reformed Church Hall
St Stephen’s Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6JJ UK
Website: Bournemouth and Beyond Discovery Group
- Formerly known as the Bournemouth Local Studies Group, the Group aims to stimulate members’ interest and increase their knowledge about the archaeology, architecture, flora and fauna, geography, history, and people of the Local Area.
Cerne Abbas Historical Society
Cerne Abbas Village Hall
Cerne Abbas, Dorset DT2 7GY UK
Telephone: 01300 341269
Website: Cerne Abbas Historical Society
- The Society's object shall be to promote knowledge of and care for Cerne Abbas and its region from early times to the present day.
- Dorset Family History Society is for beginner and expert researchers who live in the UK or overseas with Dorset interests, as well as those who live in Dorset but whose families may have lived in other counties or countries.
Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
Dorset County Museum
High West Street
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA UK
Telephone: 01305 262735
Website: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
- The main purpose of the Society's website is to assist researchers in all the different disciplines or fields of study that the Society supports.
- Dorset Record Society was set up in the 1960s with the aim of publishing original manuscripts to make them accessible to the general reader. The Society has concentrated on documents that are not readily available for study, those that are difficult to read, or those that are of particular interest.
- The East Dorset Antiquarian Society is an amateur society which is actively engaged in all aspects of archaeology and historical research.
- The society is interested in Ferndown and the surrounding area, including West Parley, Longham, Heatherlands, and West Moors etc.
- The Gillingham Local History Society was founded in 1953 and its aims are to support the Gillingham Museum, an independent museum which is shows you how more than a thousand generations have seen this corner of the Blackmore Vale grow from a Neolithic settlement to what it is today, and to bring local history to the inhabitants of Gillingham and the surrounding area.
Langton Matravers Local History and Preservation Society
Langton Matravers Village Hall
Swanage, Dorset BH19 3HA UK
Website: Langton Matravers Local History and Preservation Society
- The Society aims to research, collect, store, exhibit, and publish all aspects of the history of the parish.
Shaftesbury & District Historical Society
Anna McDowell Garden Room
Gold Hill Museum
Shaftesbury, North Dorset SP7 8JW UK
Telephone: 01747 852157
Website: Shaftesbury & District Historical Society
- Shaftesbury & District Historical Society owns and manages the Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury’s local history museum. This houses a collection exploring everything from Roman archaeology to the area’s agricultural and market heritage, local traditions, domestic life, cottage industries and Saxon roots.
- Founded in 1957, Sherborne Historical Society is a group of people who are interested in history, both local and worldwide.
Verwood Historical Society
Website: Verwood Historical Society
- The Society was officially formed in 1978 after several years of meeting in member's homes. For many years it was a very popular and active organisation. However, due to a lack of volunteers willing to take over from the old faithfuls it was decided in May 2016 to end our monthly meetings and summer outings. Our archives are stored in the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre where they are available to consult during opening hours when an archivist is available.
- The Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society was first formed in 1985. We are a friendly group of like-minded people from all walks of life, who are brought together by our shared interest in archaeology, local history, and heritage.
- The Wimborne History Society has taken on the project of putting together a community history book. This is a huge project and we invite all community members past and present to take part in this book.
Hundred of Yetminster Historical Society
The Jubilee Hall
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6LQ UK
Telephone: 01935 812042
Website: Hundred of Yetminster Historical Society
- The Hundred of Yetminster History Society to give it the full name, but more often known just as The Yetminster History Society, has been in existence for a number of years. During this time it has collaborated on a number of books and collected a large amount of material relating to the village.