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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 Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
32 Mansfield Street
Glasgow G11 5QP UK
Telephone: 0141 339 8303
Website: The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
Website #2: The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
- The society was founded in 1977 with the aim of promoting the study of family history, particularly for those whose family history has links with Glasgow and the west of Scotland. The counties included are Argyll, Ayr, Bute, Dunbarton, Lanark, Renfrew, and Stirling.
Highland Family History Society
Highland Archive and Registration Centre
Inverness IV3 5SS UK
Telephone: 01463 256444
Website: Highland Family History Society
Website #2: Highland Family History Society
- The Society was established in September 1981 to promote the study of genealogy, family history, and related subjects in the Highlands of Scotland. Our area covers the old counties of Sutherland, Ross, Inverness, and Nairn (and we retain interest in, and information about, Caithness and northern parishes of Argyll and Perth, though they now have their own local family history groups).
Lochaber & North Argyll Family History Group
Fort William Library
Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6EU UK
Telephone: 01779 238416
Website: Lochaber & North Argyll Family History Group
Website #2: Lochaber & North Argyll Family History Group
- The Lochaber Family History Group has an interest in tracing family roots in the Lochaber area.
North of Scotland Archaeological Society
Dingwall Community Centre
Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty IV15 9JZ UK
Website: North of Scotland Archaeological Society
Website #2: North of Scotland Archaeological Society
- The main objectives of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society are to further the study of archaeology in the North of Scotland and to promote that interest to a wider audience. Our membership extends across Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness, Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire, and Argyll. We all share an avid enthusiasm for Highland archaeology.
Local Societies[edit | edit source]
Arrochar, Tarbet & Ardlui Heritage Group
Helensburgh Civic Centre
38 E Clyde St
Helensburgh G84 7PG UK
Telephone: 01301 702553
Email #2: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Arrochar, Tarbet & Ardlui Heritage Group
- The Group has hundreds of photographs and documents relating to Arrochar and Tarbet, Scotland, collated by the heritage group.
- The society was formed to further the study of, and dissemination of, information on the history (in the widest sense) of Mid-Argyll.
Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society
St Columba's Cathedral Hall
Oban, Argyll PA34 5AB UK
Website: Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society
Website #2: Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society
- Oban, Argyll, West Coast of Scotland. The aim of the Society is to foster interest in the archaeology and history of the area and help to increase our knowledge of the past.
- We research local history in Moidart and the surrounding area, including Morar and Sunart. We run a History House in Glenuig, open part time in summer and other times by appointment.
Natural History and Antiquarian Society of Mid Argyll
Lochgilphead Community Centre
Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute PA31 8XQ UK
Website: Natural History and Antiquarian Society of Mid Argyll
- We organise a series of monthly talks over the winter on wildlife, archaeology, and history topics of mainly local interest.
Strachur & District Local History Society
Strachur Village Hall
Cowal & Bute PA27 8DG UK
Telephone: 01369 820116
Website: Strachur & District Local History Society
Website #2: Strachur & District Local History Society
Website #3: Strachur & District Local History Society
- Our local history society was started in 2007 with the aims of collecting and disseminating information about the history of the village of Strachur and other settlements in our region of the Cowal penninsular and east Loch Fyne. The society gathers and records material relating to the history of the Parish of Strachur and Strathlachlan, to make such information available to the public at large, and to stimulate interest in local history among residents of the area. It has brought together people with an interest in diverse aspects of local heritage - including family history, clan history, oral history and archaeology.