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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

Avon Valley Archaeological Society
Ann Rose Hall
Greyfriars Community Centre
Christchurch Road
Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW UK
Telephone: 02380 332844
Email: jolyonc100@yahoo.co.uk
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.

The Christchurch Antiquarians
Upper Meeting Room
Stanpit Village Hall
162 Stanpit
Christchurch, Dorset BH23 3NE UK
Telephone: 01425 273333
Email: tca@donne.free-online.co.uk
Website: The Christchurch Antiquarians

The Christchurch Antiquarians is a local society promoting history, heritage, archeology, and conservation in the borough of Christchurch in Dorset. The town of Christchurch, now in Dorset but formerly in Hampshire, is an ancient borough with its origin as a Saxon burh named Twynham.

Christchurch History Society
Highcliffe Day Centre
250 Lymington Road
Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5ET UK
Email: admin@historychristchurch.org.uk
Website: Christchurch History Society

The Christchurch History Society was formed in 1989 and is dedicated to the study of the past of the Borough of Christchurch and its environs and the preservation of all aspects of the past and surviving heritage. One objective of the Society as a non-profit making Society is to promote and encourage the study of history, heritage and archaeology in Christchurch and its environs in Hampshire and Dorset, by means of lectures, talks, visits, research projects, and publications and through general social intercourse of its members.

Cotswold Archaeology
Stanley House
Walworth Road
Andover, Hampshire SP10 5LH UK
Telephone: 01264 347630
Email: enquiries@cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk
Website: Cotswold Archaeology

Welcome to Cotswold Archaeology. We offer the full range of heritage and archaeological services from our Andover, Cirencester, Exeter, and Milton Keynes offices.

Liss Archaeology
Telephone: 02392 783465
Email: lissarchaeology@gmail.com
Website: Liss Archaeology

Working on Archaeology projects in East Hampshire and West Sussex

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.

Hampshire Societies

Alresford Historical & Literary Society
Methodist Church
Jacklyns Lane
Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JJ UK
Telephone: 01962 734125
Email: secretary@alresfordhistandlit.co.uk
Website: Alresford Historical & Literary Society

The Society was formed in 1966 to bring together members of the local community and encourage interest in the History, Literature, and Archaeology of Alresford and the surrounding areas. It has been instrumental in recording the area’s history and events.

Andover History & Archaeology Society
Andover Guildhall
Andover, Hampshire SP10 1NT UK
Telephone: 01264 772337
Email: erica.tinsley@btinternet.com
Website: Andover History & Archaeology Society

We are a group of people from all walks of life who want to learn more about the recent, not so recent, and distant past of Andover and the area of northwest Hampshire in which it sits.

Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society
Church Cottage
Church Square
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QW UK
Telephone: 01256 321423
Email: enquiries@bahsoc.org.uk
Website: Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society

The Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society is a charity whose aims are to promote the study and understanding of the Archaeology and History of Basingstoke and its surrounding area.

Bishop's Waltham Society
St Peter’s Church Hall
Free Street
Bishop’s Waltham
Southampton, Hampshire SO32 1EE UK
Email: ian_leesmith@attglobal.net
Website: Bishop's Waltham Society

Bishop's Waltham Society was formed in 1986 to preserve and enhance the town, countryside, and villages within Bishop’s Waltham Parish. We organise meetings, walks, talks, visits, and social events to encourage interest and knowledge of our town, history, and environment.

Bitterne Local History Society
Bitterne United Reformed Church
446 Bitterne Rd
Southampton, Hampshire SO18 5EF UK
Email: martyn.blhs@btinternet.com
Website: Bitterne Local History Society

A society dedicated to studying and researching the history of Southampton in general, but with particular reference to the City areas east of the River Itchen - Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Harefield, Itchen, Merry Oak, Midanbury, Peartree, Sholing, Thornhill, Townhill Park, Weston, and Woolston.

Botley & Curdridge Local History Society
Reading Room
Reading Room Ln
Southampton, Hampshire SO32 2HF UK
Telephone: 01489 782513
Email: dhstokes@btinternet.com
Website: Botley & Curdridge Local History Society
Website #2: Botley & Curdridge Local History Society

The Botley and Curdridge Local History Society was formed in 1972 to encourage an interest in local history and to collect, record, and preserve items of local interest.

Eastleigh & District Local History Society
Age Concern Hall
20 Romsey Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9AL UK
Telephone: 02380 613294
Email: barrychinchen@hotmail.com
Website: Eastleigh & District Local History Society

The Society is established for the public benefit for the following purposes in the area comprising the Borough of Eastleigh: to promote the study of local history in the area of benefit and to secure the preservation, protection, development, and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area.

Fareham Local History Group
Westbury Manor Museum
84 West Street
Fareham, Hampshire PO16 0JJ UK
Telephone: 01329 237723
Website: Fareham Local History Group

Discovering and capturing material about fast changing Fareham and its immediate area. It works closely with Westbury Manor Museum.

Fleet & Crookham Local History Group
United Reformed Church
Kings Road
Fleet, Hampshire GU51 3AF UK
Email: fclhg@talktalk.net
Website: Fleet & Crookham Local History Group

Fleet and Crookham Local History Group was founded in 1985 for people with an interest in the history of Fleet, Church Crookham, Crookham Village, and their immediate area in this corner of northeast Hampshire.

Fordingbridge Historical Society
St Mary's Church Hall
39, Salisbury St
Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1AB UK
Telephone: 01425 653407
Email: aldalrymple@aol.com
Website: Fordingbridge Historical Society

The Society promotes interest in all aspects of local and national history.

Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society
Science Lecture Theatre
Peter Symonds College
Owens Rd
Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6RX UK
Email: archaeology@hantsfieldclub.org.uk
Website: Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society

Since 1885, the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society has been the county-wide organisation which has led the study of Hampshire, its environment and heritage. It is not bound by tradition, however, and is constantly evolving to provide the best possible awareness of and access to Hampshire's heritage.

Hampshire Genealogical Society
All Saints Parish Church Hall
Queens Road
Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HU UK
Email: alton@hgs-online.org.uk
Weyhill Fairground Hall
The Fairground
Andover, Hampshire SP11 0QN UK
Telephone: 01264 356238
Email: andover@hgs-online.org.uk
St. Michael's Church Cottage Hall
Church Street
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QW UK
Email: basingstoke@hgs-online.org.uk
Computer Group
Twyford Village Hall
Hazeley Rd
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1QY UK
Email: computergroup@hgs-online.org.uk
Fair Oak
St. Thomas' Church Extension
Mortimers Lane
Fair Oak
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 7BW UK
Email: fairoak@hgs-online.org.uk
Wallington Village Hall
Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8ST UK
Email: fareham@hgs-online.org.uk
Fleet and Farnborough
United Reform Church Hall
Kings Rd
Fleet, Hampshire GU51 3AF UK
Telephone: 01252 614163
Email: fleetandfarnborough@hgs-online.org.uk
The Parish Centre
Green Road
Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2ET UK
Email: gosport@hgs-online.org.uk
New Forest
Oak Room
Brockenhurst Village Hall
Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY UK
Email: newforest@hgs-online.org.uk
New Milton and Christchurch
St. Marks Church Hall
Hinton Wood Avenue
Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5AB UK
Email: new-milton-and-christchurch@hgs-online.org.uk
'The Links'
Cosham Baptist Church
Havant Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 2QZ UK
Email: portsmouth@hgs-online.org.uk
The Greyfriars Community Centre
44 Christchurch Road
Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW UK
Email: ringwood@hgs-online.org.uk
Crosfield Hall (Annex)
Broadwater Rd
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8GL UK
Email: romsey@hgs-online.org.uk
Roman Catholic Church Hall
Commercial Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO18 6LY UK
Email: southampton@hgs-online.org.uk
Waltham Chase
Waltham Chase Village Hall
Waltham Chase
Southampton, Hampshire SO32 2LX UK
Email: walthamchase@hgs-online.org.uk

Twyford Village Hall
Hazeley Rd
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1QY UK
Email: secretary@hgs-online.org.uk
Website: Hampshire Genealogical Society

The Hampshire Genealogical Society was founded in 1973 with the aim of encouraging family history research.

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
Underhill Centre
St John's Church
St. John's Road
Hedge End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4DU UK
Telephone: 01962 855200
Email: info@hias.org.uk
Website: Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society is interested in all aspects of Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology. Our activities have included surveys of mills, breweries, brickworks, etc., as well as restoration and preservation.

Isle of Wight Family History Society
Riverside Centre
The Quay
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2QR UK
Email: secretary@isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk
Website: Isle of Wight Family History Society

The aim of the society is to help members to undertake their own research. We try to offer every help to our members, particularly those who are just beginning. When volunteers are available we provide a limited research service, in return for expenses, for members who are unable to visit the island.

Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society
Riverside Centre
The Quay
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2QR UK
Email: rob.martin1@btinternet.com
Email #2: jillreilly@iwias.fsnet.co.uk
Website: Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society

An informal organization supporting a number of historical ventures. Members encourage an informal atmosphere in which they can propose and partake in practical research and excavation as well as documentary research.

Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society
St Lawrence Village Hall
Seven Sisters Road
Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1UY UK
Email: iwnhas@iwnhas.org
Website: Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society

The Society was set up to fulfil two purposes for the benefit of the public. These are to promote the study of natural history and archaeology, especially in relation to the Isle of Wight, and to promote, in every possible way, the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Isle of Wight, and the proper preservation of all objects of special archaeological and geological interest.

North East Hants Historical & Archaeological Society
Farnborough Community Centre
Meudon Ave
Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7LE UK
Telephone: 01252 715218
Email: info@nehhas.com
Website: North East Hants Historical & Archaeological Society

The Society holds courses and seminars and regularly holds talks at which guest lecturers or members presented slides and/or artefacts of archaeological and historic interest, either local or from further afield.

Petersfield Archaeology Group
Physic Garden
High Street
Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3JJ UK
Telephone: 01730 269060
Email: info@petersfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Website: Petersfield Archaeology Group

Petersfield Area Historical Society
Herne Farm Leisure Centre
Moggs Mead
Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4PY UK
Telephone: 01730 269060
Email: info@petersfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Website: Petersfield Area Historical Society

Founded in 1973, the Petersfield Area Historical Society promotes the study, recording, and research of local history.

The Society for Winchester Archaeology & Local History
Hampshire Records Office
Sussex Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH UK
Email: membership@warg.org.uk
Website: The Society for Winchester Archaeology & Local History

The society for Winchester archaeology and local history promotes the study of archaeology and local history in the City of Winchester and the surrounding area through monthly events including lectures, walks, excursions, and excavations.

Somborne & District Society
Somborne Village Hall
King's Somborne
Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6PP UK
Telephone: 01794 389034
Website: Somborne & District Society

The Somborne & District Society is principally a local history society although we do cover other subjects and interests.

Southampton City Museums Archaeological Society
1 Evelyn Crescent
Southampton, Hampshire SO15 5JF UK
Telephone: 02380 224472
Email: sarahvhanna@hotmail.com
Website: Southampton City Museums Archaeological Society

Aims to promote and encourage archaeology & related studies and stimulate our members interests in archaeology and local history by providing appropriate activities and publications.

Walthamstow Historical Society
St Gabriels Church
Havant Road
Walthamstow, London E17 3JF UK
Email: whsenquiries@gmail.com
Website: Walthamstow Historical Society

The origins of the Society lie in a small band of enthusiasts who were keen to further the study of local history and publish books in which such knowledge would be available "for all comers and for all time". With the aim of promoting the study and enjoyment of local history, particularly in the vicinity of Walthamstow.

Worthys Local History Group
St. Mary's Church Hall
Fraser Road
Kings Worthy, Hampshire SO23 7PJ UK
Telephone: 01962 881749
Email: derekbrockway@btinternet.com
Website: Worthys Local History Group

The Worthys Local History Group is based in the Hampshire villages of Abbots Worthy, Headbourne Worthy, Kings Worthy, and Martyr Worthy, which lie just to the north of Winchester and along the valley of the River Itchen. The Group, founded in 1982, has regular meetings, encourages research, arranges field trips, outings and social events, and publishes Worthy History, Worthy Papers, and Worthy Records.