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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]
Foxearth & District Local History Society
Foxearth Village Hall
Sudbury, Essex CO10 7JE UK
Website: Foxearth & District Local History Society
- This is the website of the Foxearth and District Local History Society. It is dedicated to the publication of research materials gained by its members on the local history of this part of East Anglia, in England.
Wesley Historical Society - East Anglia
Swanton Abbott Wesleyan Reform Church
3 The St
Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5DU UK
Telephone: 01603 423535
Website: Wesley Historical Society - East Anglia
- The Wesley Historical Society – East Anglia encourages an interest in our Methodist heritage. Area: Counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Suffolk Societies[edit | edit source]
Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
Website: Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
- Our aim is to promote the study of family history in East Suffolk in particular and to provide support and help for those wishing to trace their family history outside the area. We cater not only for those who wish to research their local family history but also for those now living in Suffolk whose ancestors were from out of the county.
Aldeburgh and District Local History Society
Aldeburgh Church Hall
Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5DU UK
Telephone: 01728 452611
Website: Aldeburgh and District Local History Society
- The Society is concerned with the local history of the area covered by Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Leiston, Snape, Iken, and Sudbourne in Suffolk, England.
Beccles & District Historical Society
Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9TN UK
Telephone: 01502 717086
Website: Beccles & District Historical Society
- Beccles has a fascinating history; and we enjoy finding out about it. But our talks and excursion programmes also take us further afield, exploring East Anglia and more widely. We also range freely in historical time - from the Romans to the 20th Century.
- The Belton & District Historical Society was formed in 2006 by a group of friends, to preserve the character of the village. Also to protect the historic foundations for generations to follow. Their aim is to record the past for future and preserve the present.
Blundeston & District Local History Society
Blundeston Village Hall
Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 5A UK
Website: Blundeston & District Local History Society
- The Group's aim is to stimulate interest in local history and to publish as much information as possible.
Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society
1-2 Crown Street
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1QX UK
Telephone: 01284 719 595
Website: Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society
- The Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society was formed in 1960 and seeks to appeal to all with a love of the history of our town and surrounding area.
- The club has a large collection of local records and working meetings are held regularly for members of the club to work on or browse through the records at the house where they are stored. A newsletter is circulated twice a year containing news of the club's activities and articles of local interest.
- This is the website for all things relating to the Genealogy and Family History of the villages of Aspall, Debenham, Kenton, Mickfield & Winston in Suffolk, England.
- The Society was formed in January 1986 with the aims of helping researchers to increase their knowledge of genealogy and assist them in researching their own family history, assisting in the preservation of local history and genealogy records, and enabling us all, by sharing knowledge, to further our awareness of what information is available and how to access it.
Framlingham & District Local History & Preservation Society
United Free Church Hall
Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9DX UK
Telephone: 01728 723557
Website: Framlingham & District Local History & Preservation Society
- The aims of the Society are to not only encourage and foster interest in the social history of the town and the surrounding district, but also to provide accommodation for all objects given, presented, bequeathed, or loaned to the Society.
- Glemsford Local History Society has been active for many years now, and is dedicated to the study and distribution of the details of Glemsford's past. We aim to encourage the better understanding of the past and present through such activities as lectures, activities, visits, and research.
- The Society exists to researching into, record and foster interest in the history of Grundisburgh and its neighbourhood.
- The Society meets to explore the past of our town. They have looked at the history of individual houses, made a study of life in Hadleigh in the 1840s, 1871 and 1881, publishing a booklet on the latter. They have studied the history of the Town's charities and researched the life of the town in the Great War.
Haverhill & District Local History Group
Haverhill Arts Centre
Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8AR UK
Telephone: 01440 714962
Website: Haverhill & District Local History Group
- Haverhill & District Local History Group is a resource and study centre for Haverhill and surrounding villages, located in Haverhill Arts Centre.
- We hope to inform and enthuse you about Ipswich and its exciting history. It’s one of the earliest properly English towns. It has crucially important national and international status. The Trust seeks to celebrate these facts.
Jack Rose Old Lowestoft Society
Trinity Methodist Church
Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 4HU UK
Telephone: 01502 564601
Website: Jack Rose Old Lowestoft Society
Long Melford Historical & Archaeological Society
Old School Community Centre
Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9DX UK
Telephone: 01787 375329
Website: Long Melford Historical & Archaeological Society
- The Society was formed in 1969 with the objectives to acquire, preserve and publish information on objects of historical importance, to oppose and preserve as far as practicable, any loss or threats to buildings and antiquities, to act as custodian of documents, artefacts or finds, and to stimulate interest in the history of Long Melford.
Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society
South Lowestoft Methodist Church
London Road South
Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0DY UK
Website: Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society
- We're based in Newmarket, Suffolk, the historic horse-racing town associated with 'The Sport of Kings' from the time of King James I in the early 17th century.
- The society records the history of the port of Lowestoft and collects all relative material. The Society has a collection of 13,000 photographic prints and index cards of vessels that were built in, owned at or visited Lowestoft. The collection is housed in the Lowestoft branch of the Suffolk Record Office.
Saxmundham & District Local History Society
United Reformed Church Hall
Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1BJ UK
Telephone: 01728 663583
Website: Saxmundham & District Local History Society
- The Society was set up principally to own the museum and to support it - financially (through subscriptions and fundraising), practically (by supplying the voluntary manpower and management expertise to run the museum and its associated library) and academically (through carrying out research and publishing the results).
- Stowmarket Local History Group was founded in 2004 to encourage interest and research into the history of this market town in central Suffolk.
- The Society's site is provided for the benefit of all those interested in the history of Sudbury through its buildings and people, some of whom have become household names.
Suffolk Family History Society
Old Independent Church Hall
Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 9EF UK
Website: Haverhill Group
Website #2: Haverhill Group
Bury St Edmunds Group
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3JT UK
Website: Bury St Edmunds Group
Telephone: 01473 274300
Website: Ipswich Group
Telephone: 01502 562584
Website: Lowestoft Group
Website: Sudbury Group
West London Group
Telephone: 01753 537673
Website: West London Group
- Founded at Lowestoft in 1975, we are a group of keen amateur genealogists whose objectives are to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to Suffolk; and to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material.
Suffolk Heraldry Society
The Garden Room
Quaker Meeting House
St John's Street
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1SJ UK
Telephone: 01284 763462
Website: Suffolk Heraldry Society
- The Suffolk Heraldry Society was founded in 1977 to encourage an awareness and interest in heraldry in all its aspects but mainly focussed in Suffolk. This county is rich in heraldry in public buildings, old houses, inns, village signs and particularly our fine churches.
Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History
Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9GY UK
Telephone: 01284 753228
Website: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History
- The Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, founded in 1848, is Suffolk’s largest and oldest archaeological and historical society. For a century and a half it has played an important role in encouraging and publishing research on Suffolk’s past.
- The purpose of the Suffolk Local History Council is to encourage and support the study of local history and to act as an umbrella organisation for groups and individuals with similar interests in the county of Suffolk.
- For over sixty years, the Society has been committed to producing books that bring Suffolk’s rich historical literature to a wider audience. Covering a period of 700 years these volumes of letters, diaries, maps, accounts and other archives have made a major contribution to historical studies of the county and are a useful tool for both professional and amateur historians, as well as being a source of information for anyone interested in Suffolk’s history.
- Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site in Suffolk, south-east England (National Grid Reference TM 288 487), famous for the Anglo-Saxon ship burial discovered there in 1939. Today the Sutton Hoo Society trains the Guides, who offer burial site tours and Exhibition Hall talks. We work alongside the National Trust to promote interest in this unique place and to tell the stories of Anglo-Saxon archaeology and history here.
- The archivist holds a comprehensive store of interesting local historical records and memorabilia.
- The Group was formed to research and record the history of the parish of Weeting in Norfolk. The aim of the group is to provide a framework for people with an interest in local history - and to meet others with a similar interest, to show that history can be fun as well as academic. The short-term aim of the group is to publish a history of the village for future generations. The long-term aim is to create a museum within the environs of the village, so that the whole population can contribute to, and enjoy what has gone before.
- Wickham Market Area Archive Centre maintains records relating to families, properties and events in the area of Wickham Market, in the county of Suffolk, England.
Wickham Market & District Local History Society
Richard Kitson Court
Wickham Market, Suffolk IP13 0SD UK
Telephone: 01728 747981
Website: Wickham Market & District Local History Society
- A varied programme of talks on all aspects of local interest, also arranged visits to sites in East Anglia.