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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.
For a list of societies on the national level, go to the Scotland Societies page.
Regional Societies[edit | edit source]
- Abertay Historical Society was founded in 1947 and promotes interest in the history of Dundee, Angus, Fife, and Perthshire. The Society organises public lectures in Dundee and elsewhere in the Abertay area on a variety of historical topics, as well as occasional special events including guided tours and conferences. We also support the work of other local heritage organisations.
Central Scotland Family History Society
Smith Museum and Art Gallery
Stirling FK8 2RQ UK
Telephone: 01506 845385/01324 714413
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Website: Central Scotland Family History Society
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- The Society was formed in 1990 to serve the needs of those interested in family history who lived in what was then the Central Region. This means that as well as the old counties of Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, and West Perthshire, the Society covers the parishes of Bo'ness and Carriden which were in West Lothian.
Highland Family History Society
Highland Archive and Registration Centre
Inverness IV3 5SS UK
Telephone: 01463 256444
Website: Highland Family History Society
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- 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).
- The Group was started in 1999 and is still going strong. It serves Inversnaid, Kinlochard, and Aberfoyle. Their agenda centres around Stirlingshire and Perthshire, but on some occasions local speakers may deal with broader topics.
Tay Valley Family History Society
179-181 Princes Street
Dundee DD4 6DQ UK
Telephone: 01382 461845
Website: Tay Valley Family History Society
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- TVFHS Research Centre remains one of the principal centres of Family History Research in the Tay Valley area, which comprises the counties of Angus, Fife, Kinross, and Perthshire.
Local Societies[edit | edit source]
- The Association was founded in 1987 with a remit to promote the diverse history of Strathearn's Royal Burghs. Our talks cover many and varied topics with particular interest in the distant and not so distant past of Auchterarder and surrounding areas.
- A group of enthusiasts endeavouring to preserve and add to Callander's rich history, from photo archives to the stories and secrets of the landscape.
- We are committed to gathering and disseminating local history. To that end we have accumulated a large and varied quantity of historical information both written and photographic, and aim to play a major part in helping to decide local public history policy.
- The Society is run by local residents of Glenlyon with an interest in the local history of the glen.
Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle
Pitlochry Church of Scotland
Pitlochry PH16 5EB UK
Telephone: 01796 04720918
Website: Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle
- A community history society who aim to understand and preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the local area of Moulin Parish and the town of Pitlochry.
- The Group's principal aim is to provide a meeting place for all interested in family history, offering opportunity for group discussions, shared knowledge and resources
Scone and District Historical Society
Scone Old Church Hall
Scone, Perth PH2 6LP UK
Telephone: 01738 551722
Website: Scone and District Historical Society
- The Aim of the Society is to raise awareness and foster an interest in local history and facilitate research into the heritage of Scone and district.