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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 Chetham Society
Website: The Chetham Society

The Chetham Society is the oldest historical society in North-West England. It was founded in 1843 for the publication of Remains Historical and Literary connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, and was named in honour of Humphrey Chetham.

Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire
Liverpool Central Library
William Brown St
Liverpool, Lancashire L3 8EW UK
Telephone: 0161 439 2316
Website: Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire

The Society is a charity which exists for educational purposes to promote the study of any aspect of the history of the Palatine counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.

Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society
Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
Manchester, Lancashire M2 5PD UK
Website: Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society

The Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society was founded in 1883 to promote the study of the history of Lancashire and Cheshire. Its sphere includes archaeology (both traditional and industrial), economic and social history, architecture and the arts, and folklore. Its range extends from antiquity to the more recent past. Although the Society is based on Manchester, its studies and activities embrace the region.

Marple Local History Society
Marple Methodist Church
Church Lane
Stockport, Lancashire SK6 7AY UK
Telephone: 0161 427 3802
Website: Marple Local History Society

The Society is dedicated to the recording of the past and present of Marple – including Mellor, Compstall, Marple Bridge, Strines, Rose Hill, Hawk Green, and High Lane.

North West Catholic History Society
Website: North West Catholic History Society

The North West Catholic History Society promotes the study of the history of the Catholic Church in the region west of the Pennines, the old counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Lancashire, and Westmorland.

North West Group of Family History Societies
Website: North West Group of Family History Societies

Ranulf Higden Society
The John Rylands Library (University of Manchester Library)
Oxford Rd
Manchester, Lancashire M13 9PP UK
Website: Ranulf Higden Society

The Ranulf Higden Society transcribes and translates medieval Latin documents associated with Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire. Some people for their own purposes need to read and understand medieval records written in Latin or Anglo-Norman but do not have the benefit of the kind of support normally provided by postgraduate courses in universities. The Society was formed to provide a means by which they might receive continuing instruction in various relevant fields and encourage and support.

Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
Telephone: 01270 878787
Website: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire publishes the texts of historic documents relating to the two counties - everything from wills, deeds and inquests to letters and financial accounts. Each volume includes a scholarly introduction to the text.

Cheshire Societies[edit | edit source]

Altrincham History Society
Council Chamber
Altrincham Town Hall
25 Market Street
Greater Manchester, Lancashire WA14 1PG UK
Telephone: 0161 928 1583
Website: Altrincham History Society

Ashton & Sale History Society
Sale Conservative Club
Dane Road
Greater Manchester, Lancashire M33 2WL UK
Telephone: 0161 962 8577
Website: Ashton & Sale History Society

Providing information on local and social history of Ashton, Sale, and the Greater Manchester area.

Audlem & District History Society
Scout and Guide Hall
Cheshire Street
Audlem, Cheshire CW3 0AL UK
Website: Audlem & District History Society
Website #2: Audlem & District History Society

The Society covers all areas of Cheshire East.

Backford, Mollington & District Local History Society
Mollington, Backford & District Village Hall
Station Rd
Mollington, Cheshire CH1 6NT UK
Telephone: 01244 851717
Website: Backford, Mollington & District Local History Society

Betley Local History Society
Methodist Chapel
The Butts
Betley, Cheshire CW3 9AS UK
Website: Betley Local History Society

The Aims of the Society's meetings are devoted to a programme of talks on topics of local historical interest, or on wider issues which relate to such events in the village; visits to local and distant sites, landscapes, properties, buildings, record offices, archives etc.; meetings at which local research is planned and carried out; and the experiences of growing up in the village and family life in the 20th century and before.

Birkenhead Family History Society
Birkenhead Fire Station
Exmouth Street
Liverpool, Lancashire CH41 4AX UK
Telephone: 0151 652 6755
Website: Birkenhead Family History Society

Hold monthly meetings and help desks to help people with their research into their Family History and Heritage.

Birkenhead History Society
Wirral Ladies Golf Club
93 Bidston Rd
Wirral, Cheshire CH43 6TS UK
Website: Birkenhead History Society

Our passion is for the history of the Wirral Peninsula, and of the town of Birkenhead in particular.

Bowdon History Society
Bowdon Downs Church
Bowdon Rd
Greater Manchester, Lancashire WA14 2AH UK
Telephone: 0161 928 8975/07531 900518
Website: Bowdon History Society

Bromborough Society
Matheson Church
Croft Lane
Wirral, Cheshire CH62 2DD UK
Telephone: 0151 334 9467
Website: Bromborough Society

Local history and preservation society

Burton & Neston History Society
Gladstone Village Hall
The Village
Neston, Cheshire CH64 5TH UK
Email: bnhsociety@googlemail
Website: Burton & Neston History Society
Website #2: Burton & Neston History Society
Website #3: Burton & Neston History Society

The Society's prime purpose is to study and research local history in the Neston & Burton areas, book publishing, talks, outings, and community events.

Cheshire Local History Association
Hargrave Church Hall
Hargrave, Cheshire CH3 7RN UK
Telephone: 01244 972559
Website: Cheshire Local History Association

The Association’s purpose is to provide an umbrella service for all local history and heritage societies within the bounds of the ancient County Palatine of Chester, and to bring together individuals and organisations interested in all aspects of local history. It also seeks to improve communication between individual members and societies both within Cheshire and beyond.

Chester Archaeological Society
Lecture Theatre
Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor St
Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DD UK<bnr> Email:
Website: Chester Archaeological Society

We exist to promote understanding and appreciation of archaeology, history and architecture in the historic county of Cheshire plus neighbouring areas and of these subjects generally.

Congleton History Society
Congleton Library Meeting Room
Market Square
Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1ET UK
Telephone: 01260 274736
Website: Congleton History Society

Culcheth Local History Group
Culcheth Community Centre
2 Jackson Avenue
Warrington, Cheshire WA3 4EL UK
Telephone: 01925 752276
Website: Culcheth Local History Group

The aim of the group was to delve into the past and hopefully produce small booklets on different areas of our past. We cover the area from Risley to Glazebury, and Winwick, Croft and, of course, Culcheth.

Disley Local History Society
Disley Community Centre
Buxton Old Road
Disley, Cheshire SK12 2BB uk
Telephone: 01663 766992
Website: Disley Local History Society

Dodleston Local History Group
Dodleston Village Hall
Pulford Lane
Chester, Cheshire CH4 9NN UK
Website: Dodleston Local History Group

The main work of the Group for the past two or three years has been the building up of an oral history collection. There is also an on-going collection of local material, started in 1999, of various items such as programmes, posters, photographs of local events, newspaper cuttings, etc.

Eastham Archives Group
Telephone: 0151 327 3576

We collect, store, record, and archive all historical material relating to the Parish of Easham including Eastham Ferry & gardens, Eastham Village, Whitby, Childer Thornton, Hooton, Great & Little Sutton, and Poole.

Ellesmere Port Local & Family History Society
Tom Rolt Conference Centre
National Waterways Museum (Boat Museum)
Ellesmere Port
Wirral, Cheshire CH65 4FW UK
Email #2:
Website: Ellesmere Port Local & Family History Society

Family History Society of Cheshire
Alsager Group
Wesley Place Methodist Church Hall
Lawton Road
Alsager, Cheshire ST7 2AF UK
Website: Alsager Group
Bebington Group
The Bebington Suite
Bebington Civic Centre
Town Hall
Civic Way
Wirral, Cheshire CH63 7PT UK
Website: Bebington Group
Bramhall Group
United Reformed Church
77 Robins Ln
Stockport, Cheshire SK7 2EF UK
Website: Bramhall Group
Chester Group
All Saints Church
2 Vicarage Road
Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ UK
Website: Chester Group
Computer Group
Hartford Methodist Church Hall
Beach Road
Northwich, Cheshire CW8 3AD UK
Website: Computer Group
Congleton Group
Congleton Library
Market Square
Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1ET UK
Website: Congleton Group
Crewe Group
Room1 (Hilary Suite)
Lifestyle Centre
Moss Square
Crewe, Cheshire CW1 2BB UK
Website: Crewe Group
Macclesfield Group
Salvation Army Church
Roe St
Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6UT UK
Website: Macclesfield Group
Nantwich Group
Nantwich Methodist Church Centre
Hospital St
Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5RP UK
Website: Nantwich Group
Northwich Group
Hartford Methodist Church Hall
Beach Road
Northwich, Cheshire CW8 3AB UK
Website: Northwich Group
Runcorn Group
Churchill Hall
Cooper Street
Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1DH UK
Website: Runcorn Group
Sale Group
Trinity Methodist Church
Trinity Road
Sale, Cheshire M33 3ED UK
Website: Sale Group
Tameside Group
Old Chapel Dukinfield
Old Rd
Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 4BT UK
Website: Tameside Group
Tarporley Group
Little Budworth Village Hall
Vicarage Ln
Little Budworth
Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9BP UK
Website: Tarporley Group
Wallasey Group
Claremount Road Methodist Church
Claremount Rd
Wallasey, Cheshire CH45 6UE UK
Website: Wallasey Group
West Wirral Group
Westbourne Hall Community Centre
59 Westbourne Rd
West Kirby
Wirral, Cheshire CH48 4DQ UK
Website: West Wirral Group

Telephone: 01625 613310
Website: Family History Society of Cheshire

The Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC) was founded in 1969 to advance the study of family history and genealogy, and we now have members worldwide. As well as helping people with ancestors in Cheshire, we also assist members living locally whose ancestors originated elsewhere.

Frodsham & District Local History Group
Main Street Community Church
Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7DF UK
Website: Frodsham & District Local History Group

The Society aims to promote the study of, and interest in, history and archaeology with particular reference to Frodsham and the surrounding district.

Hargrave & Huxley Historical Group
Huxley Village Hall
Huxley Ln
Chester, Cheshire CH3 9BG UK
Telephone:01829 770787
Website: Hargrave & Huxley Historical Group

Lymm & District Local History Society
Village Hall
5 Pepper Street
Warrington, Cheshire WA13 0JB UK
Website: Lymm & District Local History Society

Macclesfield History Society
Macclesfield Library
Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1EE UK
Telephone: 01244 972559
Website: Macclesfield History Society

Malpas Field Club
High Street Church
High Street
Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8NR UK
Telephone: 01948 860486
Website: Malpas Field Club

Middlewich Heritage Society
Methodist Church
108 Booth Lane
Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 0EF UK
Telephone: 01606 833434
Website: Middlewich Heritage Society

The Society was established to hold lectures, discussions, meetings and outings relevant to the study of local history, and to invite speakers as funds will allow; to encourage the preservation of all property, real or personal of historical archaeological or historical interest, value or beauty in the area and the provision wherever possible of access to such properties by the public; to collect material relevant to the study of local history such as books, maps, photographs, printed material and other works; to preserve and transcribe source material in any appropriate medium, and to buy on behalf of the Society any materials approved by the committee for the use of the members; to promote individual and group projects, researching local history; and to inculcate interest in local history and present environment in young people.

North Cheshire Family History Society
Website: North Cheshire Family History Society

We regret that owing to insufficient support the Society has been wound up. Our assets, including our library, have been passed to the Family History Society of Cheshire.

Northwich & District Heritage Society
The Grange Theatre
The Grange School
Bradburns Lane
Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1LU UK
Telephone: 01606 350625
Website: Northwich & District Heritage Society

The Society covers the town of Northwich and the surrounding District where its Aims can be applied effectively. The Aims of the Society are to promote the conservation of the historical, archaeological, architectural, and environmental heritage, and to increase public awareness of the heritage around them and the benefits that membership of the Society can bring.

Preston Brook And District Local History Group
The Methodist Hall
8 Windmill Lane
Preston on the Hill
Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4AZ UK
The Lewis Carroll Centre
Daresbury Church
Daresbury Lane
Daresbury, Cheshire WA4 4AE UK
Telephone: 01928 712509
Website: Preston Brook And District Local History Group
Website #2: Preston Brook And District Local History Group

Pulford & Poulton Local History Group
Pulford Village Hall
Wrexham Road
Pulford, Cheshire CH4 9DG UK
Telephone: 01244 571040
Website: Pulford & Poulton Local History Group

The local history group provides talks on topics of historical interest and also visits to places of special appeal. The group continues to develop its archive of records, documents, and photographs kindly donated by local people over many years. This facilitates research and the development of publications.

Runcorn & District Historical Society
St. John's Church
Heath Rd South
Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 4LY UK
Website: Runcorn & District Historical Society

Sandbach History Society
Marriott Room
Sandbach Library
The Commons
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1FJ UK
Telephone: 01270 760810
Website: Sandbach History Society

Stockport Historical Society
Stockport Sunday School
90 Nangreave Road
Stockport, Cheshire SK2 6DQ UK
Telephone: 0161 4397202
Website: Stockport Historical Society

Tarporley, Bunbury & District Historical Society
Tiverton Village Hall
Chester, Cheshire UK
Website: Tarporley, Bunbury & District Historical Society

The aims of the society shall be to promote the study of, and interest in, local history, with particular reference to Tarporley, Bunbury, and District. The Society aims to maintain a collection of artefacts, photographs, books, and documents at the discretion of the committee.

Upton-by-Chester Local History Group
Village Hall
28 Heath Rd
Chester, Cheshire CH2 1HX UK
Website: Upton-by-Chester Local History Group

The Group shall promote and advance local community awareness of the local history of the Upton-by-Chester area. This shall be done by providing an opportunity for its members to share their interests in the local history and to participate by discussion, research, and the preparation and presentation of papers, websites, documents, photographs, recollections, etc. The Group has published a major Upton History book and more projects are planned.

Wallasey Historical Society
Wallasey Central Library
17 Earlston Rd
Wirral, Merseyside CH45 5DX UK
Website: Wallasey Historical Society

Wallasey Historical Society has as objects to stimulate and encourage the study of the History of Wallasey and District by means of discussions, lectures, and research.

Warrington History Society
Friars Green Independent Methodist Chapel
Cairo Street
Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1EH UK
Telephone: 01925 813669
Website: Warrington History Society

The Society’s aim is to encourage an interest in all aspects of local history with particular reference to Warrington and its surrounding areas.

Weaverham History Society
University Primary Academy Weaverham (formerly Wallerscote Community School)
Northwich Road
Northwich, Cheshire CW8 3B UK
Telephone: 01606 852252
Website: Weaverham History Society
Website (old): Weaverham History Society

Weaverham History Society promotes the study of and interest in history and archaeology with particular reference to Weaverham and the surrounding area.

Wilmslow Historical Society
St. Bartholomew’s Parish Hall
Chancel Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4AA UK
Website: Wilmslow Historical Society

Its aims are to further the study of local history in Wilmslow and beyond and pass on knowledge to the local community.

Winsford History Society
Hambleton Way
Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1QH UK
Telephone: 01606 557983
Website: Winsford History Society
Website #2: Winsford & District Historical Society

The Winsford History Society was first established in November 1966 to collect, collate, and preserve historical information about Winsford and the surrounding area.

Wirral History and Heritage Association
Website: Wirral History and Heritage Association
Website #2: Wirral History and Heritage Association

The Wirral History and Heritage Association (WHHA) is for anyone interested in the history and heritage of Wirral. We act as an umbrella organisation for both individuals and the peninsula's numerous local history groups and societies with the aim of fostering and promoting Wirral’s rich and varied history and heritage.

Wirral Local History Group

Wirral Local History Group aims to promote importance of local history education & historical research. The Group is currently focusing on the history of Brimstage Village.