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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]
Avon Valley Archaeological Society
Ann Rose Hall
Greyfriars Community Centre
Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW UK
Telephone: 02380 332844
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
Christchurch, Dorset BH23 3NE UK
Telephone: 01425 273333
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.
- 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.
- Welcome to Cotswold Archaeology. We offer the full range of heritage and archaeological services from our Andover, Cirencester, Exeter, and Milton Keynes offices.
- 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[edit | edit source]
Alresford Historical & Literary Society
Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JJ UK
Telephone: 01962 734125
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.
Alton and Villages Local History Forum
Telephone: 01420 86701
- Our aim is to collect, preserve, and share the local history including putting on a FREE Local History Day on alternate years. We are also collecting material for volumes which will list the men from World War One who are on the village war memorials. The Forum meets twice a year and would welcome representatives from other nearby villages.
- 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
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QW UK
Telephone: 01256 321423
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 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.
- 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, and Durley Local History Society
Reading Room Ln
Southampton, Hampshire SO32 2HF UK
Telephone: 01489 782513
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. In 2011, the History Societies of Botley & Curdridge and Durley amalgamated to form the Botley, Curdridge, and Durley History Society.
Eastleigh & District Local History Society
Age Concern Hall
20 Romsey Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9AL UK
Telephone: 02380 613294
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.
The Farnborough Society
Rushmoor Council Offices
Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7JU UK
Website: The Farnborough Society
- The Society aims to be a non-political community-led voice for the well-being of Farnborough, and to raise awareness about local issues, the environment, and the history of the town.
- 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.
- The Society promotes interest in all aspects of local and national history.
- The aim of the Group is to build an easily accessible local Archive so that future generations might understand and appreciate our local history and safeguard their character in the future.
- The main activity of our group is to provide interesting factual stories about many aspect of Gosport’s fascinating past. Be it anything from fossils to the Romans and Saxons, from the medieval foundations of Portsmouth and Gosport and Rowner’s Grange Farm to Gosport’s Millennium Promenade, from the 1642 battle between Royalist Portsmouth and Roundhead-occupied Gosport, to our long rise and fall as a military seaport.
- Our mission is to promote high standards of planning and architecture affecting our area, to educate the public in Gosport's history and architecture, and to secure the preservation and protection of features of historic or public interest.
Hamble Local History Society
Roy Underdown Pavilion
College Playing Fields
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4RN UK
Telephone: 023 8045 7189
Website: Hamble Local History Society
- The Society was formed with the aim to promote interest in all aspects of history in Hamble and the surrounding areas.
Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society
Science Lecture Theatre
Peter Symonds College
Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6RX 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
Main Website: HGS
All Saints Parish Church Hall
Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HU UK
Weyhill Fairground Hall
Andover, Hampshire SP11 0QN UK
Telephone: 01264 356238
St. Michael's Church Cottage Hall
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QW UK
Twyford Village Hall
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1QY UK
St. Thomas' Church Extension
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 7BW UK
Wallington Village Hall
Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8ST UK
Fleet and Farnborough
United Reform Church Hall
Fleet, Hampshire GU51 3AF UK
Telephone: 01252 614163
The Parish Centre
Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2ET UK
Brockenhurst Village Hall
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY UK
New Milton and Christchurch
St. Marks Church Hall
Hinton Wood Avenue
Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5AB UK
Cosham Baptist Church
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 2QZ UK
The Greyfriars Community Centre
44 Christchurch Road
Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW UK
Crosfield Hall (Annex)
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8GL UK
Roman Catholic Church Hall
Southampton, Hampshire SO18 6LY UK
Waltham Chase Village Hall
Southampton, Hampshire SO32 2LX UK
- The Hampshire Genealogical Society was founded in 1973 with the aim of encouraging family history research.
Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
St John's Church
St. John's Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4DU UK
Telephone: 01962 855200
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.
- The Society is established for the public benefit and interest in the area comprising the civil Parish of Headley and the neighbourhood to promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting our area; to educate the public in its geography, history, natural history and architecture; and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest.
- The How We Used To Live local history project encompasses talks, exhibitions, and hands-on exploration of the past. Focusing upon people and houses in Allum Green, Bank, Blackwater, Emery Down, Gritnam, and Swan Green, it also encourages local inhabitants with long memories to reminisce about their lives.
- 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
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2QR UK
Email #2: email@example.com
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
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.
- The group aims to explore the history of Littleton and its surrounding areas, to undertake related research, and publish the results where possible.
Lower Test Valley Archaeological Study Group
Romsey Town Hall
1 Market Place
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8YZ UK
Telephone: 01794 513751
Website: Lower Test Valley Archaeological Study Group
- The Lower Test Valley Archaeological Study Group was established in 1973 by a small group of local amateur historians, archaelogists, and others interested in local history to study the archaeology of Romsey and its surrounding area within Hampshire.
Lymington & District Historical Society
Robert Hole Room
Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BQ UK
Telephone: 01590 672337
Website: Lymington & District Historical Society
- The Lymington and District Historical Society is your connection to our local history. Our aim is to encourage and promote the study of historical Lymington and its surrounding districts.
Milford Historical Record Society
All Saints Church Hall
4 Greenbanks Cl
Milford on Sea
Lymington, Hampshire SO41 0SQ UK
Telephone: 01590 642022
Website: Milford Historical Record Society
- The Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society was established in 1909 and exists to research local history and to preserve records of Milford and its neighbourhood.
- The Group focuses on Minstead Local and Family History, researching all aspects of the village, past and present.
North East Hants Historical & Archaeological Society
Farnborough Community Centre
Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7LE UK
Telephone: 01252 715218
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.
North Waltham, Steventon, Ashe & Deane Historical Society
Telephone: 01256 397357
Website: North Waltham, Steventon, Ashe & Deane Historical Society
- The NWSAD History Society was formed in February 2000 and aims to encourage an interest in local history through our programme of events, research, publications, and web site. The History Society is now closing after seventeen years. The NWSAD History Society has finally come to an end. Much has been researched and learned about our villages and others during these informative years.
Nursling & Rownhams History Group
Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall
Nursling, Hampshire SO16 0XH UK
Telephone: 02380 738552
Website: Nursling & Rownhams History Group
Petersfield Area Historical Society
Herne Farm Leisure Centre
Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4PY UK
Telephone: 01730 269060
Website: Petersfield Area Historical Society
- Founded in 1973, the Petersfield Area Historical Society promotes the study, recording, and research of local history.
Portsmouth WEA Local History Group
Buckland Community Centre
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 7BT UK
Telephone: 02392 692914
Website: Portsmouth WEA Local History Group
- We are an informal workshop group with around ten members researching areas or topics of history and we welcome new members or visitors.
Romsey Local History Society
Romsey Town Hall
1 Market Place
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8YZ UK
Telephone: 01794 513751
Email #2: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Romsey Local History Society
- An active group of over 340 local amateur historians and archaeologists, whose aim is to research, record, and preserve the history of Romsey and local areas for future generations.
- RSHG exists to research, document and share information about the history of Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK, including the development of the town, the people, their lives and deaths, businesses, and entertainments.
Somborne & District Society
Somborne Village Hall
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
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.
Stubbington & Hill Head History Society
Roman Catholic Church Hall
Stubbington, Hampshire PO14 2PL UK
Telephone: 01329 662671
Website: Stubbington & Hill Head History Society
- The Society aims to promote interest and enjoyment of history, local and general, and to instigate research into local history.
- Tadley and District History Society (TADS) was founded in 1984 for people with an interest in local social history, and in the broader scope of history and natural history.
Titchfield History Society
Titchfield Community Centre
Fareham, Hampshire PO14 4AB UK
Telephone: 01329 843822
Website: Titchfield History Society
- The Titchfield History Society was set up to preserve, record, and document the history of the ancient village of Titchfield in Hampshire.
- 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.
- WHS exists to further the interests of its members in history in its many forms: local, social, and family history, as well as archaeology, and occasionally considers topics of national and even international history.
- The Society was formed in 1996 by like minded people who lived in and around West End to preserve West End’s Heritage for future generations in words, photographs and artefacts.
Wherwell History Group
Wherwell Village Hall
The Colonel Jenkins Memorial Hall
Wherwell, Hampshire SP11 7JJ UK
Website: Wherwell History Group
Website #2: Wherwell History Group
- Our main objective is to research, record, and preserve the history of the parishes of Wherwell and Chilbolton, and maintain an archive of sound recordings and written or photographic material.
- Wickham History Society is an active and friendly voluntary civic organisation founded in January 1960 that exists to gather information about the history of Wickham and help make it available to all who are interested; to promote the preservation of old buildings, monuments, records, maps and traditions of Wickham; and foster interest in Wickham’s history and historical research through this website and through publications, and by arranging lectures, visits and exhibitions.
The Society for Winchester Archaeology & Local History
Hampshire Records Office
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH 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.
Woolmer Forest Heritage Society
Forest Community Centre
Bordon, Hampshire GU35 0BS UK
Telephone: 01420 472329/01428 713256
Website: Woolmer Forest Heritage Society
- The Society has the aim to raise awareness of the nationally and internationally important archaeology and history of Whitehill, Bordon, and the surrounding area.
Worthys Local History Group
St. Mary's Church Hall
Kings Worthy, Hampshire SO23 7PJ UK
Telephone: 01962 881749
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.