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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]
- ALHA is the umbrella group for local history and archaeology societies in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. There are some eighty societies in ALHA, with a collective membership of about 10,000. Some are region-wide but with special interests like the Bristol & Avon Family History Society; while many are parish- or district-based.
Bristol & Avon Family History Society
BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS34 7RG UK
Telephone: 0117 9561881
Website: Bristol & Avon Family History Society
- The Bristol & Avon Family History Society provides contacts between members with regular meetings, quarterly Journals and assists members with research.
- The Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society was founded in 1967 to coordinate the research, conservation and preservation of the remains of the industrial and commercial activity in the Bath and Bristol area.
- Welcome to Cotswold Archaeology. We offer the full range of heritage and archaeological services from our Andover, Cirencester, Exeter, and Milton Keynes offices.
Wesley Historical Society - Bristol
9 Styles Park
Frome, Somerset BA11 5AL UK
Website: Wesley Historical Society - Bristol
- 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: Counties of Gloucestershire, (East) Somerset, (North) Wiltshire.
Gloucestershire Societies[edit | edit source]
Almondsbury Local History Society
Almondsbury Old School
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS32 4ED UK
Telephone: 01454 612309
Website: Almondsbury Local History Society
Alveston Local History Society
Alveston Methodist Church
Alveston, Gloucestershire BS35 3RA UK
Telephone: 01454 416290
Website: Alveston Local History Society
- Since 1983 the Barton Hill History Group (BHHG) has taken the lead in recording, promoting, gathering and presenting the history of Barton Hill and the surrounding areas of East Bristol. Through countless meetings, presentations, exhibitions and articles, the Group has 'brought the past to life'. The BHHG is seen as one of the most successful, consistent and dynamic history groups in Bristol. Barton Hill is the name given to the sloping ground that leads down to the marsh at the southern end of Barton Regis.
Bishopston, Horfield & Ashley Down Local History Society
Horfield Quaker Meeting House
300 Gloucester Road
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS7 8PD UK
Telephone. 0117 9245 226
Website: Bishopston, Horfield & Ashley Down Local History Society
- The Society was formed in 1988 to encourage knowledge, appreciation and preservation of local history in the area.
- One of our main aims is to preserve and make accessible our rich local history. We are please to have your contributions to the site on articles about Bitton, North Common, Oldland Common, Swineford, Upton Cheyney, Beach and Willsbridge.
Blockley Heritage Society
Jubilee Hall in the Heritage Centre
Blockley, Gloucestershire GL56 9BZ UK
Telephone: 01386 700914
Website: Blockley Heritage Society
- The Blockley Heritage Society exists to further public knowledge about the history of Blockley and adjacent parishes. It does this by collecting, preserving and displaying records, antiquities and other objects of historical interest, and by sponsoring talks, discussions, publications and visits to sites of relevant interest.
Bourton on the Water Local History Society
80 Lamberts Field
Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire UK
Telephone: 01457 822192
Website: Bourton on the Water Local History Society
Brislington Conservation and History Society
St Cuthbert’s Church Crypt
Sandy Park Road
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS4 3PF UK
Telephone: 0117 9713273
Website: Brislington Conservation and History Society
- The Society holds regular meetings in local venues, holds exhibitions, and assists with enquiries about Brislington and family connections. Members receive a regular newsletter. Talks on Brislington and its history are given to interested groups, illustrated with photographs from our extensive collection and we are also happy to support other bodies with associated interests. We would welcome any information, photographs, etc., you may have about Brislington to add to our knowledge and to record for future generations.
Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS8 3BX UK (Bristol location)
St Johns Church
Churchdown, Gloucestershire GL3 2DB UK (Churchdown location)
Website: Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
- Promoting the study of the history and archaeology of Bristol & Gloucestershire and encouraging the conservation of the historic environment.
- Programme of winter lectures, summer visits and annual study trip. Continues to maintain the site and remains of Keynsham Abbey. Carries out research and excavation.
Bristol Radical History Group
c/o Hydra Books
24 Old Market Street
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS2 0EZ UK
Website: Bristol Radical History Group
- An aim of the Group is to open up some of the ‘hidden’ history of Bristol and the West Country to public scrutiny and challenge some commonly-held ideas about historical events.
- The Bristol Record Society is devoted to the study and publication of the historic records of the City and County of Bristol. Since its foundation in 1929 it has published over sixty major volumes. These are an indispensable aid to all with a serious interest in the study of any aspects of Bristol History and form an invaluable and readily accessible collection of source material. All the volumes, together with their informative introductions, are products of the freely given work of scholars, each of whom is an expert in the chosen topic.
- Bristol Threatened History Society (BTHS) is a registered charity which supports archaeological activity in the City of Bristol. It provides advice to archaeologists working in the city and helps to provide funds to facilitate their work and to inform the public about the city's past.
- Bristol is acknowledged as one of the foremost historic cities in Europe. It was the country's second city for much of the medieval period and was a major port and manufacturing centre. It had trading links with much of Europe and latterly with the New World, as well as with Ireland, Wales and the West Country.
Campden and District Historical & Archaeological Society
The Old Police Station
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6HB UK
Telephone: 01386 848840
Website: Campden and District Historical & Archaeological Society
- The Campden and District Historical and Archaeological Society archive is kept in The Old Police Station, High Street, Chipping Campden.
Charlton Kings Local History Society
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 8AR UK
Telephone: 01242 252664
Website: Charlton Kings Local History Society
- Cheltenham Local History Society seeks to advance the education of the public in the history of Cheltenham and provides a forum for those interested in the history of the town to meet and share their interests. Its aims include the gathering, study, and publication of information about the history of the town.
Chew Valley Local History Society
The Old Schoolroom
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS40 8SH UK
Telephone: 01275 332011
Website: Chew Valley Local History Society
Chipping Campden History Society
CCHS Archive and Local History Room
The Old Police Station
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6HB UK
Telephone: 01386 848840
Website: Chipping Campden History Society
Churchdown Local History Society
Churchdown Community Centre
Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH UK
Telephone: 01452 712529
Website: Churchdown Local History Society
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society
Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 UK
Telephone: 01285 657110
Website: Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society
- If you live in or near Cirencester and are interested in Archaeology or History, then the Cirencester Archaeological and Historical Society is for you.
- Congresbury History Group was formed in September 1982 to increase and stimulate interest in local history and archaeology and encourage the conservation of documents and artifacts of local historical interest.
- The Cranham Local History Society was formed in 1995, with the dual aims of creating an archive of the village's history that would be available to any researcher and publish a history of the village.
Crockerne Pill and District History Society
Pill Memorial Club
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS20 0DH UK
Website: Crockerne Pill and District History Society
- Covering aspects of local history relating to the areas of Downend, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and the newer surrounding districts such as Emerson's Green. These areas lie in South Gloucestershire just to the north of the city of Bristol, England.
Filwood Chase Local History Society
The Park Centre
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS4 UK
Telephone: 01275 837273
Website: Filwood Chase Local History Society
Fishponds Local History Society
Telephone: 0117 9658110
Website: Fishponds Local History Society
- Fishponds Local History Society to promote the study of, and disseminate knowledge about, the local history of Fishponds and the Bristol area. Unfortunately, the society had to close in 2016.
- Our members enjoy a regular programme of talks and historical walks as well as outings both within the Forest and further afield. Members also receive a quarterly hard copy newsletter with short historical articles as well as news of the Society. We also regularly email members with information about activities by neighbouring societies and county-wide groups. Conservation is a big part of the society. One of the society’s key objectives is to promote, encourage and further the preservation of artefacts, archaeological and historical sites, and archives.
Frampton Cotterell & District Local History Society
Zion Church Hall
Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire BS36 2HX UK
Website: Frampton Cotterell & District Local History Society
Gloucestershire Family History Society
Family History Centre
Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 3AH UK
Telephone: 01452 524344
Website: Gloucestershire Family History Society
- The Gloucestershire Family History Society (GFHS) is a self-help organisation manned by volunteers helping all to research their ancestors and the background against which they led their lives in Gloucestershire and beyond.
- The Family History Centre is the hub for Family History Research in Gloucestershire and is based in the grounds of the Gloucestershire Archives. It provides free online research facilities to search amongst other things the entire Census Collection 1841 – 1911, and houses a well stocked library including microfiche records. It is manned by friendly volunteers who will help you research your roots not only in Gloucestershire but anywhere in the UK and beyond.
Gloucester & District Archaeological Research Group
2 Warren Close
Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 1JP UK
Telephone: 01452 859308
Website: Gloucester & District Archaeological Research Group
- For people with an interest in the past (not just the Roman period, but the prehistoric, medieval and later periods as well, indeed up to the 19th century), the Gloucester and District Archaeological Research Group (GADARG) provides a focus. Established in 1967, it is over two hundred strong, composed of amateur (independent) and full-time archaeologists and local historians. Over the years, members have helped to research and record many sites of historical interest in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Local History Association
Churchdown Community Centre
Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH UK
Website: Gloucestershire Local History Association
- The Gloucestershire Local History Association includes representatives from many local history societies in the county, the county archives and local studies centres, and meets quarterly to discuss matters relating to local history in Gloucestershire.
- Gloucester Local History Society is a relatively new group bringing together everyone with an interest in the history of Gloucester.
Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology
Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 5EH UK
Telephone: 01453 860595
Website: Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology
- The Society was formed in 1964 to study and record the history and physical remains of Gloucestershire industries. Our aim is to promote the study of our industrial heritage, particularly that of Gloucestershire.
Gotherington & Area Local History Society
Gotherington Village Hall
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 9ER UK
Website: Gotherington & Area Local History Society
- The Society promotes interest in local history (Gotherington, Bishop’s Cleeve, Oxenton, Woolstone, Dixton and Prescott) by arranging speakers at monthly meetings, maintaining a lending library of books and pamphlets of local interest, sponsoring classes, and researching and publishing articles and booklets on local history.
Harptrees History Society
West Harptree Village Hall
3 Newton Close
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS40 6HS UK
Telephone: 01761 221 758
Website: Harptrees History Society
- One of the initial objectives in forming the Hawkesbury Local History Society in 1998 was to gather together existing researches into parish history, reports undertaken by County Councils, and the publications of various antiquarians and genealogists. Building on this foundation, the Society continued research into readily available sources of information – parish registers, census data, tithe apportionments, etc. – and eventually into the harder-to-find parish related documents held by various county and national archives.
Hotwells, Clifton and Cliftonwood Local History Society
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS1 6XN UK
Telephone: 0117 939 7999
Website: Hotwells, Clifton and Cliftonwood Local History Society
- Our local history society focuses on the Knowle and Totterdown districts in Bristol. We hold regular meetings: mostly to hear booked speakers on a wide variety of history-related subjects but also to share our own stories, experiences and photographs.
- The Society was formed in 1988 to research, record and promote interest in the history of Lechlade and its surrounding area, and, where appropriate, to conserve our heritage.
- Our Society's aim is to collect, study, and publish information concerning the history of Leckhampton and to stimulate public interest in local history.
- Malago History Society for Bishopsworth & Bedminster - the local history society for southwest Bristol
Marshfield and District Local History Society
St Mary's Church Hall
Chippenham, Gloucestershire SN14 UK
Telephone: 01225 891977
Website: Marshfield and District Local History Society
- The aim of the Local History Group is to research, preserve and educate about the history of Minchinhampton and the surrounding area.
Moreton in Marsh & District Local History Society
Women’s Institute Hall
Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0AS UK
Website: Moreton in Marsh & District Local History Society
- The society was founded in 1982 to promote the study of local history within Moreton-in-Marsh and the surrounding district, a countryside steeped in history.
- Newent Local History Society was started in 1984 with the intention of promoting a wider interest in local history. The Society has access to a considerable collection of archive material, much of which is indexed (containing almost 11,000 entries), and has some original material which is not available elsewhere. We welcome enquiries and make no charge for small amounts of research.
Oakridge History Group
Oakridge Village Hall
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 7NT UK
Telephone: 01285 760264/01285 760460
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Website: Oakridge History Group
- The Oakridge History Group was started in 2004 to explore the history of Oakridge Lynch and the neighbouring hamlets of Far Oakridge, Bournes Green, Tunley, and Waterlane. We are located in the parish of Bisley, Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Olveston Parish Historical Society
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS35 4DR UK
Telephone: 01454 612304
Website: Olveston Parish Historical Society
- The society was formed in 1966 to "promote interest in the history of Olveston and the surrounding areas and to collect and preserve documentary and photographic records".
Painswick Local History Society
Website: Painswick Local History Society
Rissington Local History Society
Little Rissington Village Hall
Cotswold, Gloucestershire GL54 UK
Telephone: 01451 820233
Website: Rissington Local History Society
- The Sheepscombe History Society exists to promote the study of the village's history, and to collect and preserve an archive of relevant historical material.
- The Society plans a varied programme for 2017 covering such topics as researching local and family history, Cadburys and The Vale, a film night, the Great Flood of 1607 and an interactive evening featuring historians, dowsers and a paleo-archaeologist giving their opinions on what Slimbridge looked like in the past.
Sodbury & District Historical Society
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS37 UK
Telephone: 01454 601535
Website: Sodbury & District Historical Society
- The Society was formed in 1976 with the objective to increase the awareness of the heritage of the area and to foster an interest in a wide range of local history.
Sodbury Vale Family History Group
St Nicholas' Church
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS37 6FE UK
Telephone: 0117 937 3130
Website: Sodbury Vale Family History Group
- Sodbury Vale Family History Group is a branch of the Bristol & Avon Family History Society.
South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group
Miners Institute (aka Coalpit Heath Village Hall)
214 Badmington Rd
Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire BS36 2QB UK
Telephone: 07434 928189
Website: South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group
- South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG) was set up by local people to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations.
Southern Brooks Archaeology and Local History Group
Patchway Town Council Offices
150 Rodway Road
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS34 5DQ UK
Telephone: 01454 862175
Website: Southern Brooks Archaeology and Local History Group
- Our interest is to explore the archaeology and local history of the Southern Brooks area of South Gloucestershire. This area includes Filton, Patchway, Stoke Gifford, Harry Stoke, Little Stoke, and Bradley Stoke.
Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park Local History Group
Stoke Bishop Village Hall
42 Stoke Hill
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS9 1EX UK
Website: Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park Local History Group
- We are a local group interested in the history of Stoke Bishop and Bristol. We have an archive of photos and documents.
- Our Aims are to promote interest in the local history of Stonehouse in all its aspects and through all periods of history, to hold talks and meetings devoted to this aim and to visit places of historic interest, to encourage members to work on research projects on local history, to cooperate with other societies and bodies having similar interests, and to try to ensure that any material related to the history of Stonehouse is collected and preserved and made available for future use.
Stroud Local History Society
St Laurence Church Hall or the Old Town Hall
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AP UK
Website: Stroud Local History Society
- Stroud Local History Society is the local history society for Stroud in the historic County of Gloucestershire.
- The History of Tetbury Society was formed to provide a focus for historical research activity within the town of Tetbury in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, UK.
- The aim of the Society is to promote and encourage the historical study of the town of Tewkesbury and district.
Thornbury Local History and Archaeology Society
St Mary's Church Hall
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS35 1DR UK
Website: Thornbury Local History and Archaeology Society
- The Society provides a focus for members who are interested in the history of the Upper Windrush District. The Society's main aims are to research, collect, preserve, display records, antiquities, and other items of historical interest. Thereby to invoke interest, discussion, production of publicayions, and visit to sites of interest.
West Bristol History Group
Friends Meeting House
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS6 6JE UK
Website: West Bristol History Group
Wick and Abson Local History Group
St Bartholomew's Church
The Church Rooms
Bristol, Gloucestershire BS30 5PD UK
Telephone: 0117 9612330
Website: Wick and Abson Local History Group
Wotton under Edge Historical Society
Wotton-Under-Edge Historical Society and Heritage Centre
Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7AD UK
Telephone: 01453 521541
Website: Wotton under Edge Historical Society
- The Wotton-Under-Edge Historical Society and Heritage Centre was established for the preservation and study of the history of Wotton-Under-Edge and its environs. Housed in a converted fire station and located in The Chipping, the Centre contains a sizable collection of archives, records, photographs and genealogical research material.