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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 Society[edit | edit source]

The Hundred Parishes Society
Website: The Hundred Parishes Society

One of the Society’s objects is to advance the education of the public in the character and history of the geographic area comprising The Hundred Parishes, which encompasses around 450 square miles of northwest Essex, northeast Hertfordshire, and southern Cambridgeshire.

Essex Societies[edit | edit source]

Barking & District Historical Society
Harp House
16 Helmore Road
Barking, London IG11 9PH UK
Website: Barking & District Historical Society

The Barking & District Historical Society was founded in 1934 to encourage interest in the history of the Barking district.

Billericay Archaeological & History Society
The Fold
Arts Centre
72 Laindon Road
Billericay, Essex CM12 9LD UK
Telephone: 01277 227205
Website: Billericay Archaeological & History Society

The Society was formed in the 1960's, primarily as an archaeological Society by a group of local historians who have conducted exploration at various sites local to Billericay. Their findings have been published since then, including a full archaeological report on Roman occupation in the area.

Chesterford Local History & Archaeology Society
Congregational Church
Carmel Street
Great Chesterford
Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1PH UK
Telephone: 01799 530265
Website: Chesterford Local History & Archaeology Society

Chingford Historical Society
SS Peter and Paul Church on The Green
North Chingford, London E4 7EN UK
Telephone: 020 8504 6340
Website: Chingford Historical Society

We organise meetings during the winter and coach tours to places of historical interest in the summer. We publish a bi-annual newsletter. Local history research is carried out and books and newsletters about Chingford's past are on sale.

Clacton & District Local History Society
Pier Avenue Baptist Church
117 Pier Ave
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1NJ UK
Website: Clacton & District Local History Society

The Clacton & District Local History Society was formed in 1985 to research, record, and promote the history of Clacton & District.

Colchester Archaeological Group
Roman Circus House
Roman Circus Walk
Colchester, Essex CO2 7GZ UK
Website: Colchester Archaeological Group

Elsenham Village History Society
Elsenham Memorial Hall
Elsenham Playing Field
Leigh Drive
Elsenham, Essex CM22 6BY UK
Telephone: 01279 815088
Website: Elsenham Village History Society

Our Village History Society was established in January 2010. We know that there is a need to collect and record as much as we can about the village, about our predecessors who laid the foundations of the village; about the people who spent all their lives here and are no longer with us; about those who were born and bred here and can still tell us fascinating stories about their lives here; and about later generations who all have a role to play and have contributed to the way we live here today.

Essex Society for Archaeology & History
Silver End Village Hall
Silver End
Witham, Essex CM8 3RQ UK
Website: Essex Society for Archaeology & History

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History is the county’s major society for collecting, protecting, and disseminating news and information on the county’s historical and archaeological heritage.

Essex Historic Buildings Group
Moulsham Mill
Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7PX UK
Website: Essex Historic Buildings Group

The Group was formed in 1983 by a varied collection of professionals and amateurs keen to see more work on the lesser buildings of Essex published for all to see and comment on.

Essex Industrial Archaeology Group
Chelmsford Museum
Oaklands Park
Moulsham St
Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9AQ UK
Website: Essex Industrial Archaeology Group

The Essex Industrial Archaeology Group (EIAG) was launched in July 2013 as a sub-group of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History (ESAH) and was established to provide a way forward for industrial archaeology in Essex.

Essex Society for Family History
HQ Chelmsford
Galleywood Heritage Centre
Galleywood Common
Margaretting Road
Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8TR UK
Website: Chelmsford

Our Chelmsford HQ covers the Central area of the County.

North-East Essex Branch, Colchester
Cardinal Bourne Hall
Priory Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 2QB UK
Website: Colchester

Colchester Branch covers the Colchester area of the County.

West Essex Branch, Harlow
St. Johns' Arts & Recreation Centre
Market Street
Harlow, Essex CM17 0AJ UK
Telephone: 01279 434267
Website: Harlow

Our Harlow Branch covers Harlow, Epping, Ongar, Hatfield Heath, Hatfield Broad Oak, and the villages in between.

North-West Essex Branch, Saffron Walden
Saffron Walden Baptist Church Lower Hall, (Audley Road entrance)
High St
Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3HD UK
Website: Saffron Walden

Our Saffron Walden Branch covers Saffron Walden and North West Essex.

South-East Essex Branch, Southend-on-Sea
The Avenue Baptist Church Hall
Milton Road
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7JX UK
Website: Southend-on-Sea

Our Southend Branch covers Southend and Southern Essex.

Website: Essex Society for Family History

Our aims are to promote and encourage the public study of British family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to Essex and to promote the preservation and accessibility of archival material.

Foxearth & District Local History Society
Foxearth Village Hall
School Ln
Sudbury, Essex CO10 7JE UK
Website: Foxearth & District Local History Society

The Foxearth and District Local History Society is dedicated to the publication of research materials gained by its members on the local history of this part of East Anglia in England. The Foxearth and District archive contains a wealth of information concentrating on the four North Essex parishes of Borley, Liston, Pentlow, and Foxearth.

Halstead and District Local History Society
Baptist Church
Hedingham Road
Halstead, Essex CO9 2DA UK
Website: Halstead and District Local History Society

Each year we run a varied programme of local history related meetings spanning the dark ages to more recent times including the influence of the industrial revolution on the area.

Hedingham Heritage Society
Memorial Hall
Church Lane
Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DA UK
Website: Hedingham Heritage Society

Hedingham Heritage Society was formed in 1990 with the simple aim of ‘providing an interest and awareness of the local environment- its past, present and future. The society achieves this aim by offering a wide ranging programme of talks, walks, and events centred around the distinct history and natural history of the people and environment of the Hedinghams and East Anglia, and promoting and supporting members of the society and the Hedingham community to enhance and protect their local environment.

Heritage Writtle
Northumberland Lecture Theatre
Lordship Rd.
Writtle College
Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR UK
Telephone: 01245 422726
Website: Heritage Writtle

Heritage Writtle is a group of local enthusiasts investigating the past in the historic Village and Parish of Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex. The aims of the Group are to investigate, interpret, and record the heritage of the Village and Parish of Writtle through its archaeology and history.

Ilford Historical Society
Ilford Hospital Chapel
Ilford Hill
Ilford, London IG1 2AT UK
Telephone: 020 8500 6045
Website: Ilford Historical Society

Jaywick Local History Society
Golf Green Hall
6 Golf Green Rd
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 2RH UK
Telephone: 01255 479861
Website: Jaywick Local History Society

Jaywick Local History Society is a friendly group who's members share a common interest in the history of the little Essex resort of Jaywick and the local area. We enjoy finding out about the history of our seaside village, and sharing the information we find.

Lexden History Group
St Leonard’s Church Hall
112 Lexden Rd
Colchester, Essex CO3 4BL UK
Website: Lexden History Group

We aim to arrange an interesting programme of year round talks and summer walks and encourage a cross-flow of information to help members in their own researches. We also plan to have a regular Group Project, looking at one particular aspect of Lexden’s past.

Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society
St John’s Church
High Rd
Leytonstone, London E11 1HH UK
Telephone: 020 8558 5491
Website: Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society

Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society began in February 2005 at a meeting attended by over a hundred people. Our long-term aims are to research and promote interest in and knowledge of the history of the area of the former Borough of Leyton and its surrounding region.

Loughton & District History Society
Methodist Church
260 High Road
Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB UK
Telephone: 020 8508 2361
Website: Loughton & District History Society

Established in 1962 the Society presents a series of talks on various aspects of history, both of local and national interest. A Newsletter is published and books and booklets on local subjects. Visits to places of historical interest are arranged from time to time.

Maldon Archaeological and Historical Group
Unit 2, Brickhouse Farm Community Centre
Poulton Close
Mundon Road
Maldon, Essex CM9 6NG
Website: Maldon Archaeological and Historical Group

MAHG are a society that works largely around Maldon and the surrounding villages not just digging, but surveying, giving talks, researching, and engaging the local community in their history.

The Maldon Society
Cygnet Room
Rear of Swan Hotel
High Street
Maldon, Essex CM9 5EP UK
Telephone: 0774 379 3066
Website: The Maldon Society

The Society seeks to preserve all that is best in local architecture and ensure that any future development is in keeping with the town's ambience and overall design.The Society aims to promote and preserve the historical heritage of this town and its surrounding area.

Manuden and Berden Local History Society
'The Bury Barn'
Manuden Mallows Green Road
Uttlesford, Essex CM23 UK
Website: Manuden and Berden Local History Society

Ongar Millennium History Society
Budworth Hall
205 High St
Chipping Ongar
Ongar, Essex CM5 9JG UK
Telephone: 01277 366807
Website: Ongar Millennium History Society

The Ongar Millennium History Society was formed to promote and foster an active interest in local history and to preserve it for future generations.

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass
Rayleigh Parish Centre
Rectory Garth
Rayleigh, Essex SS6 8BB UK
Telephone: 01268 785657
Website: Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass

We are a local voluntary group that gives slide show presentations on Rayleigh’s rich and varied history.

Rochford Hundred Historical Society
W.I. Hall
Rochford Square
19 West Street
Rochford, Essex SS4 1BE UK
Telephone: 01702 548904
Website: Rochford Hundred Historical Society

Romford and District Historical Society
343 Dagnam Park Dr
Harold Hill
Romford, Lomdon RM3 9EN UK
Website: Romford and District Historical Society

The Society shall consist of persons interested in the study of history, with particular reference to the historic town of Romford and its environs (the Municipal Borough of Romford, the Royal Liberty of Havering, the London Borough of Havering, the County of Essex, and East London); encourage the preservation of local records, antiquities, objects of interest, and the historic environment; and promote the study of local history in all its aspects, by sponsoring lectures, encouraging research, publishing articles, and organising excursions to places of historical interest.

Saffron Walden Historical Society
Friends’ Meeting House
75 High Street
Saffron Walden
Uttlesford, Essex CB10 1AA UK
Telephone: 01799 500844
Website: Saffron Walden Historical Society

South East Essex Archaeological & Historical Society
Website: South East Essex Archaeological & Historical Society

The aims of the Society are to promote an interest in archaeology and history, both locally and nationally. It is also our aim to take part in archaeological and historical research and, where appropriate, excavation, although this should not the sole interest of the archaeology.

St. Osyth Historical Society
St Osyth Village Hall
Clacton Rd
St. Osyth
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO16 8PE UK
Telephone: 01255 821759
Website: St.Osyth Historical Society

The Society runs the St. Osyth Social History Museum which houses artefacts, maps, documents, and hundreds of old photographs of the village.

Sturmer Local History Group
The Street
Haverhill, Essex CB9 7XF UK
Telephone: 01440 712038
Website: Sturmer Local History Group

The Group was set up to create an ongoing record of Sturmer and it's history available to all who are interested in the history and activities of the village.

Takeley Local History Society
Roseacres Primary School
Bishop's Stortford, Essex CM22 6QY UK
Website: Takeley Local History Society

Thameside Family History Group
Adult Education Centre
42 Richmond Rd
Thurrock, Essex RM17 6DW UK
Telephone: 01375 850881/01375 381474
Website: Thameside Family History Group

Thurrock Local History Society
Thurrock Adult Community College
Richmond Road
Grays Thurrock, Essex RM17 6DN UK
Telephone: 01708 866309
Website: Thurrock Local History Society

The aims of the Society are to encourage interest in and to collect and disseminate information on the history and antiquities of the Thurrock area and to take any action as is appropriate to secure the protection of any buildings, monuments, and landscapes which in the opinion of the Society are of historical or architectural interest.

Recorders Of Uttlesford History
Website: Recorders Of Uttlesford History

The Recorders of Uttlesford History (RUH) are an independent federation of local historians and local history societies throughout the District of Uttlesford in north-west Essex. The object of Recorders is to record the present, and to ensure that valuable archives and artefacts of the past are conserved. Most of the 57 parishes in Uttlesford are represented by a Recorder appointed by the RUH organising committee. They carry out a wide range of activities, often in conjunction with a local history society.

Waltham Abbey Historical Society
Baptist Church
5 Paradise Road
Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1RL UK
Website: Waltham Abbey Historical Society

Extensive archaeology and documentary study has revealed a very great deal of the history of the town and of its Abbey Church, spanning a period of over two thousand years from the Iron-Age to the end of the 20th Century.

Waltham Forest Family History Society
Spruce Hill Baptist Church Hall
Brookscroft Road
Walthamstow, London E17 4JP UK
Website: Waltham Forest Family History Society

Waltham Forest Family History Society was founded in 1978 to bring together and to encourage people with an interest in family history and genealogy. We are a small but friendly society that caters for all those with South West Essex ancestry who might live at a distance, and for those who live locally but whose ancestors came from elsewhere.

Walthamstow Historical Society
St Mary's Church
8 Church End
Walthamstow, London E17 9RJ UK
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.

West Essex Archaeological Group
Woodford County High School
High Road
Woodford Green, London IG8 9LA UK
Website: West Essex Archaeological Group

The prime objective of the Group is "to promote the advancement of knowledge and education by a study of archaeology, history, and kindred subjects particularly in West Essex."