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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]
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.
The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
32 Mansfield Street
Glasgow G11 5QP UK
Telephone: 0141 339 8303
Website: The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
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- The society was founded in 1977 with the aim of promoting the study of family history, particularly for those whose family history has links with Glasgow and the west of Scotland. The counties included are Argyll, Ayr, Bute, Dunbarton, Lanark, Renfrew, and Stirling.
Local Societies[edit | edit source]
Baldernock Local History Group
Baldernock Church Hall
Torrance, East Dunbartonshire G64 4AJ UK
Telephone: 07855 111836
Website: Baldernock Local History Group
- Baldernock Local History Group was formed in 2013 to explore, understand, and inform about the history of Baldernock parish, a small rural parish between Milngavie and Torrance on the northern outskirts of Glasgow. Baldernock has a rich agricultural legacy as well as extensive remains of mining for limestone, coal, ironstone, and fireclay, and widespread evidence of 18th and 19th century lime burning.
- The objectives of the Group shall be to promote the benefits of the community of Balfron. In particular by promoting a general interest in the community in the origins, geography, natural and social history, and environmental well-being of the area known as the Parish of Balfron, by presenting information on these matters in such a way as to advance the education of the community itself and, by the positive attraction of tourism, the wider public.
- The aim of the group is to foster and develop an interest in local history, to collate, record, and preserve all information of historical interest to the Parish, and to form a database and make it readily available to a wider public.
- The Society aims to promote and preserve the history and environment of the area by collecting, recording, and storing artefacts relating to this history, for the benefit of future generations of the Denny and Dunipace area, thereby making the heritage of our area interesting and accessible to all.
- The aims and activities of the Society include organising a regular series of winter lectures on topics of historical interest with particular emphasis on the Drymen area; the collection of historical material including books, maps, and photographs relating to Drymen and the immediate area, to be kept in Drymen Library in a special collection; to carry out research on topics relevant to the history of Drymen and district and to prepare reports to be included in the above collection; to undertake an oral history programme based on interviewing older members of the community; and the long-term aim of publishing a booklet on local history.
- The Society was formed in 1981 to provide a forum for people with an interest in the history of the Falkirk area, that is what used to be called East Stirlingshire.
- In recent years the activities have been limited to monthly talks on a wide variety of topics from October to March each year and excursions to sites of historic interest in the summer months.
- Stirling Local History Society was established in 2006 and aims to stimulate interest in the history of the burgh and city of Stirling.
- The aim of Torrance Heritage and History Group is to develop an interest in local history for all people with an interest in Torrance. The Group works to improve the promotion and preservation of historical documents, artefacts, and oral histories relating to Torrance.