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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.
The Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies may be seen here.
Regional Societies[edit | edit source]
Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society
Meetings are held at three venues - click here
Website: Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society
- The Aims of the Society are to promote the study of genealogy and family history and to educate the public therein by holding meetings, sharing information, encouraging research, giving assistance and producing publications for the public benefit.
Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS)
Telephone: 01524 67523
Website: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society
- The Society's charitable purpose is the advancement of education and culture in the fields of the arts, heritage and science. To promote, encourage, foster and coordinate the study of archaeology, history, genealogy, customs and traditions with special reference to the County of Cumbria which now includes the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands and the Sedbergh district of Yorkshire. Affiliated groups are the Carlisle Affiliated Group, the Kendal Historical & Archaeological Society, the Penrith Affiliated Group, and the South West Cumbria Historical & Archaeological Society.
- The Cumbria Family History Society was founded to help members carry out their genealogy researches and our area of interest is the modern county of Cumbria, which is the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and a part of Northern Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
- CIHS was formed in 1985 by members of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society with a particular interest in industrial history.
- DVLHG was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Our five year long study of the whole valley has restarted extending the survey to cover areas not walked in earlier phases. Our findings led to our current major project with Oxford Archaeology North excavating three medieval longhouse sites near Seathwaite Tarn.
Hartlepool Family History Group
Grange Road Methodist Church Community Centre
46 Tankerville Street
Hartlepool, County Durham TS26 8DU UK
Telephone: 01429 282012
Website: Hartlepool Family History Group
- Hartlepool Family History Group is a branch of the Cleveland Family History Society. We hold nine monthly meetings in Hartlepool each year, excluding July, August and December. We invite speakers to talk about a range of family, social and local history topics. At our meetings there will always be someone who you can give any advice you may need while tracing your family. You do not need to have Hartlepool ancestry, most of us have families from all points around the country but enjoy coming to our meetings and joining the Society.
Holme & District Local History Society
Burton Memorial Hall
Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria LA6 1NA UK
Telephone: 01524 782198
Website: Holme & District Local History Society
- The Society concentrates on the local parishes of South Lakeland (Cumbria), including Holme, Burton, Beetham, Hutton Roof, Heversham, Lupton, Milnthorpe, and Preston Patrick. From the beginning we have collected photographs, maps and books about our local area for our library. As the collection expanded with donations from members and non-members we started an archive section, now divided between two archivists: (1) Holme and (2) Burton & the district.
Hunter Archaeological Society
32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, Yorkshire S3 7RD UK
Telephone: 0114 288 2640
Website: Hunter Archaeological Society
- The Hunter Archaeological Society studies and reports on the archaeology, history and architecture of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
Priories Historical Society
1 Prospect Precinct
Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 0RS UK
Telephone: 01909 732485
Website: Priories Historical Society
- Priories Historical Society was formed in June 2000 with the intention of bringing a wide variety of talks to the public. We are predominantly interested in the history and archaeology of the local area which covers Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
Sedgefield Family History Group
Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham TS21 2AE UK
Telephone: 01740 620367
Website: Sedgefield Family History Group
Second Website: Sedgefield Family History
- A friendly discussion group for those with Family History interests in and around the Sedgefield area of County Durham. It is a branch of the Cleveland Family History Society.We welcome people from across the world with an interest in the northern part of North Yorkshire and the southern part of County Durham (before the boundary changes of 1974). It is also a group for people resident in the Sedgefield and surrounding area that have taken up researching their Family History and wish share their interests with other like minded people.
Wesley Historical Society - North East Methodist History Society
Telephone: 01434 608733
Website: Wesley Historical Society - North East Methodist History Society
- 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. The Society aims to encourage an informed interest in the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, in Methodist history in general, in chapels and their architecture, and in the broader patterns of English religious history, especially in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland. Area: Durham, Northumberland, and The North Riding.
Yorkshire Societies[edit | edit source]
Acomb History Society
Acomb Parish Church Hall
Telephone: 01904 783628
Website: Acomb History Society
- The group meets for talks and study of Acomb's history. Photographs and records of the old Acomb families are available along with school and community memorabilia.
Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society
Salem Church Hall
99 Main Street
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire LS29 7BU UK (Burley Meetings)
Keighley Local Studies Library
1 Albert Street
Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 2AT UK (Keighley Meetings)
Threshfield Village Institute
Threshfield, North Yorkshire BD23 5HD UK (Threshfield Meetings)
Website: Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society
Website #2: Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society
- In 2019 Wharfedale FHG merged with the Keighley and District FHS. If your roots are in the Airedale and Wharfedale area or further afield you will find help and encouragement in this fascinating hobby by joining the Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society.
Aireborough Historical Society
Yeadon Town Hall
Leeds, Yorkshire LS19 7PP UK
Email #2: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Aireborough Historical Society
- The Society was founded in 1957 to record and preserve the history of Aireborough, which consists of Yeadon, Guiseley, Rawdon, Carlton, Hawksworth, and the area which was covered by Menston Hospital.
Appleton le Moors History and Archive Group
The Village Hall
Appleton le Moors
York, North Yorkshire YO62 6TE UK
Website: Appleton le Moors History and Archive Group
- The Group's objective is to creat a History Archive readily accessible to all and have regular formal and informal meetings to stimulate interest in the history of the Appleton-le-Moors and its people. We are willing to look up information for individuals researching their Family History. Community and domestic history are of particular interest, many of the records such as Census Records, Church Registers and School Log Book and some Diarys are searchable.
- As a group, we continue to research the history of the parish of Aston-cum-Aughton, recording memories and investigating records held in local libraries and archives.
- This is a long established society with the specific aim of supporting the family historian who wishes to research Barnsley and the surrounding area family history. We offer access to databases of names and places collected from a variety of sources including parish records, census returns, electoral registers, local newspapers, military lists, non-conformist sources, maps and wills, etc.
- The Society takes a special interest in the region centred on Barnsley, extending from Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe in the East, to Dunford Bridge and Penistone in the West, and from Darton in the North, to Wortley in the South. This area includes the ancient parishes of Cawthorne, Darfield, Darton, Felkirk, High Hoyland, Hoyland Nether, Monk Bretton, Penistone, Royston, Silkstone (formerly included Barnsley), Tankersley, Worsbrough, and Wortley, these forming a part of the Archdeaconry of Doncaster.
Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Society
John Rylie Community Centre
Barwick in Elmet
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 4JB UK
Telephone: 0113 3935729/0790 4234900
Website: Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Society
- The Barwick in Elmet Historical Society is devoted to the recording, research and publication of the history of this Yorkshire parish.
- BAHS is an active archaeology and history society, founded in 1999, covering Bedale and the surrounding area.
Bentley With Arksey Heritage Society
Bentley Area Community Library
Doncaster, Yorkshire DN5 0DE UK
Website: Bentley With Arksey Heritage Society
- A group of local people founded Bentley with Arksey Heritage Society in 1988, in order to research, record and preserve the history and heritage of the villages of Bentley and Arksey near Doncaster.
Bilton Historical Society
Bilton Community Centre
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 3DU UK
Telephone: 01423 866977
Website: Bilton Historical Society
- The Society was formed in 1996 to record, investigate and promote an awareness of Bilton's heritage and future, to unravel the secrets of Bilton’s past, its people, buildings, railways, industry, the royal hunting park and a lost way of life.
Bingley and District Local History Society
Old Main Street (just by the Parish Church)
Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 2RH UK
Website: Bingley and District Local History Society
- Bingley and District Local History Society was founded in 1988 by a group of local enthusiasts whose interest in Bingley’s history had been stimulated on a local history course run by Dr Gary Firth. The society’s main aims are to disseminate Bingley’s history and provide information in the form of talks, books and DVDs which will widen the local population’s knowledge of the history of the Bingley area which was once known as ‘The Throstle’s Nest of England’.
Bishopthorpe Local History Group
Bishopthorpe Community Archive
Bishopthorpe Village Hall
York, Yorkshire YO23 2RA UK
Telephone: 01904 704584
Website: Bishopthorpe Local History Group
- Our aim is to research, record and preserve the history of Bishopthorpe and, where possible, publish the results.
Bleak House Family History Group
200a Ealand Road
Kirklees, West Yorkshire WF17 8JL UK
Telephone: 01924 917414
Website: Bleak House Family History Group
Bolsterstone Archaeology and Heritage Group
Sheffield, Yorkshire S36 3ZB UK
Website: Bolsterstone Archaeology and Heritage Group
- Bolsterstone Archaeology and Heritage Group is a community group dedicated to exploring all aspects of our past, through archaeology, history, or in whatever way we can. We are an eclectic group of diverse backgrounds, with interests ranging far and wide. We are open to all times and places, but with our main focus on the heritage of Bolsterstone, the surrounding hills and valleys, and the region of South Yorkshire.
Boothferry Family and Local History Group
Boothferry Road (opposite Morrisons supermarket)
Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire DN14 6AE UK
Telephone: 01405 762189
Website: Boothferry Family and Local History Group
- In 1988, a small group of local residents joined together to form the Boothferry Family and Local History Group. Their initial work was researching about families and documenting family trees, this was soon followed by an interest in local history.
Boston Spa Archaeology and Heritage Group
Website: Boston Spa Archaeology and Heritage Group
- We organise monthly talks and visits, meeting throughout the year for a range of activities including archaeological fieldwork, excavations, archaeobotany and experimental archaeology.
- Bradfield Historical Society holds monthly meetings and now specialise in talks and research about the Sheffield Flood of 1864.The Society takes part in other local events held in the area such as Craft Fairs, Galas, Environment events etc. In 1997 a third volume of Bygones of Bradfield was published. This and other books are available through the Society.
Bradford Family History Society
Little Horton Ln
Bradford, Yorkshire BD5 0BQ UK
Website: Bradford Family History Society
Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society
The Bradford Club
Piece Hall Yard
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1PJ UK
Telephone: 01274 575799
Website: Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society
- The Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society is the oldest local history group in the district, having held its formal inauguration meeting on the 12th July 1878.
Brinsworth and Catcliffe Local History Group
Brinsworth Pavilion (rear of the Community Centre)
Brinsworth, Yorkshire S6O 5DG UK
Telephone: 01709 364089
Website: Brinsworth and Catcliffe Local History Group
- The aims of the Group are to promote the knowledge learned by research, to the wider audience of Brinsworth & Catcliffe. To share this information to the younger generation by visiting local schools. To record this information for years to come. Many of the elderly residents have recorded their life stories and they are in the archives at Brinsworth Comprehensive School.
- The Brodsworth Community Archaeology Group is an independent voluntary association comprised of individuals who wish to research, share and disseminate information about the history of the Brodsworth Area, South Yorkshire (which to us means the area covered by the parishes of Barnburgh, Brodsworth, Cadeby, Hampole, Hickleton, High Melton, Hooton Pagnell and Marr).
Broomhill Local History Group
Website: Broomhill Local History Group
- The Broomhill Local History Group was formed in 1988 to record and research the history of the "prettiest suburb in England". As part of this research each house has been "re-inhabited" from the time it was built up to 1940. This has been done from census returns, rate books, directories, electoral rolls and other miscellaneous sources. Since people living as lodgers are not usually given in directories, nor are there entries for working class inhabitants, it is not a complete record. There is a Iist of more than 11,500 heads of households, with addresses and dates as well as additional information on many of them - that may be of help to you in tracing your ancestors.
- A warm welcome to you from the Calderdale FHS. Founded in 1985, we are a group of family historians who help each other with their research. On this web site you will find information about the Society, the area and the research interests of our members.
- The Cawood Castle Garth Group wish to raise awareness of the rich natural and built history of the area, which is the site of a medieval castle, the former palace of the Archbishop of York.
City of York and District Family History Society
The Raylor Centre
James Street off Lawrence Street
York, Yorkshire YO10 3DW UK
Telephone: 01904 412204 (Research Room opening hours only)
Website: City of York and District Family History Society
- Our aim is to bring together local people who share the same interest and to provide a point of contact for those members who, although not living in the area, have their roots within the modern Archdeaconry. The Society covers the modern Archdeaconry of York which stretches from Coxwold, Hovingham and Sherburn in Harfordlythe in the North to Ledsham, Birkin, Selby and Drax in the South. As well as from Bramham, Bilton and Sherburn in Elmet in the West to Huggate and Bubwith in the East. The Society’s area overlaps parishes covered in the West by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and in the East by The East Yorkshire Family History Society.
Claro Community Archaeology Group
Website: Claro Community Archaeology Group
- Exploring the history of the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, and South Bank areas of York.
Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society
St. Mary’s Centre
90 Corporation Road
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire TS1 2RW UK
Telephone: 01429 523455
Website: Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society
- The Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society began life in 1965 as the Teesside Industrial Archaeology Group. We believe that the industrial history of the north east and Yorkshire is important and we work for its preservation.
Conisbrough & Denaby Main Heritage Group
Doncaster, Yorkshire DN12 3JX UK
Telephone: 01709 860764
Website: Conisbrough & Denaby Main Heritage Group
- This group is about the history of the two villages of Conisbrough and Denaby Main and the people who have lived here.
Conisbrough & Denaby Main Local History Group
Website: Conisbrough & Denaby Main Local History Group
- Chronicling the history of two unique villages, Conisbrough and Denaby Main, the site contains over 5000 pages and 2000 pictures and is growing daily.
Cottingley Village History Society
Town Hall Church and Community Centre
Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 1SX UK
Telephone: 01274 564774
Website: Cottingley Village History Society
- The Object of the Society is to provide a common meeting ground for the study and discussion of, and research into, history in general, and of the local area in particular. The Society is creating a database of local historical knowledge for present and future use.
Cudworth Family History Group
The Acorn Centre
Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 7BB UK
Telephone: 07720 602349
Website: Cudworth Family History Group
- To promote a wider understanding and knowledge of local history and to preserve and store any historical information for the benefit of present and future generations. This will include the collection, categorising, archiving and displaying of materials which are considered to be part of the heritage of Cudworth.
Cudworth Local History and Heritage Group
Cudworth Centre of Excellence
Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 8UQ UK
Website: Cudworth Local History and Heritage Group
- The Group aims to collect or copy and record items such as photographs, deeds, brochures, advertisements, postcards, maps and bits & bobs that relate to the history of Cudworth.
Dinnington and District Historical Society
Dinnington Resource Center
131 Laughton Rd
Sheffield, Yorkshire S25 2PP UK
Telephone: 01909 569982
Website: Dinnington and District Historical Society
- The Society was formed twelve years ago by like minded people who wished to encourage an interest in our local history. Dinnington and its surrounding areas has a fascinating tapestry of many layers including its people and events that go back many thousands of years to the present.
Doncaster & District Family History Society
Palgrave Research Centre
King Edward Road
Doncaster, Yorkshire DN4 0NA UK
Telephone: 07828 207323
Website: Doncaster & District Family History Society
- The Society's objectives are to provide a forum for members to meet and discuss the study of family history and genealogy, to produce a journal regularly; to arrange a programme of lectures, visits and other activities connected with subjects of interest to the Society; to seek out, transcribe, index and wherever possible publish or make available material relevant to the interests of the Society; and to provide guidance in family history research and study to those living elsewhere whose families come from the area.
- Dore Oral History Group is linked with Dore Village Society. The group aims to collect the recorded memories of people living and/or working in Dore throughout the 20th and early 21st Centuries.
- The Society aims to foster the protection and enhancement of the local environment and amenities within Dore, to encourage a spirit of community and to record its historic development.
- The village of Dringhouses has a history going back 2,000 years. The Dringhouses Local History Group (DLHG) was formed in February 2005 by local residents to recall and explore how the village has developed and how it continues to change.
- The Society was formed in 1997 and exists to research and promote knowledge of the past through lectures and displays. In addition, the Society also runs the East Leeds Heritage Centre at Cross Gates Library, where regular displays and exhibitions take place.
East Riding Archaeological Society (ERAS)
Hull, Yorkshire HU6 7SD UK
Telephone: 07770 470443
Website: East Riding Archaeological Society (ERAS)
- The East Riding Archaeological Society has aims to promote interest in archaeology, both in the local area and further a field, through a programme of lectures, excursions, publications and fieldwork.
East Yorkshire Family History Society (EYFHS)
Beverley Cricket Club
Recreation Park Lane
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9HX UK
Bridlington Community Resource Centre
4-6 Victoria Road
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire YO15 2BW UK
Telephone: 01262 674829
Carnegie Heritage Centre
342 Anlaby Road
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU3 6JA UK
St Andrew's Church Hall
Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LN UK
- During your visit please check the EYFHS events calendar to discover what is happening at our meetings in Beverley, Bridlington, Hull, and Scarborough. Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our meetings, members and nonmembers alike. We also operate a number of free Help Desks across the East Riding so check the dates and times and let's have a crack at those 'brick walls' together.
East Yorkshire Local History Society
Website: East Yorkshire Local History Society
- The East Yorkshire Local History Society exists to promote and encourage the study of local history in East Yorkshire.
Ecclesall Local History Group
Sheffield, Yorkshire S11 9HJ UK
Website: Ecclesall Local History Group
- We regret that due to the large number of requests we have been receiving we are no longer able to help with family history matters.
The Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Group
St. Oswald's Church Hall
Main Street Fulford
Fulford, Yorkshire YO10 4HJ UK
Telephone: 01904 635939
Website: The Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Group
- We are a group of people interested in the history and heritage of the Fishergate/Fulford Road, Fulford Village and Heslington village districts in the south east of the City of York, UK.
- The Society had its origin in a series of informal and exploratory meetings held at irregular intervals during 1953. Those present came finally to the common mind that a Society should be brought into existence with the object of pursuing the study of local history and doing what such a Society could to interest local people in the appreciation and preservation of our historical treasures and heritage both tangible and intangible.
Friends of York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research
YAT Resource Centre
421 Huntington Road
York, Yorkshire YO31 9HU UK
Telephone: 01904 663 000
Website: Friends of York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research
- The Friends of YAT membership gives members the opportunity to learn more about the latest archaeological discoveries the Trust are involved with as well as learn about life in the past.
Gleadless Valley Local History Group
Terry Wright Community Hall (formerly Newfield Green Tenants Hall)
Sheffield, Yorkshire S2 2BT UK
Website: Gleadless Valley Local History Group
- A local history group for residents of Gleadless Valley to find out more about their community and its history.
- The Great Ayton History Society researches and records information on the local history in the parishes of Great and Little Ayton. This information is made available to a wider audience through public presentations and exhibitions, guided walks, and publications. Great Ayton is the boyhood home of Captain James Cook.
Grenoside and District Local History Group
Grenoside Community Centre Lower Hall
Sheffield, Yorkshire S35 8PR UK
Website: Grenoside and District Local History Group
- The group’s aims are to hold events, collect material and publish information to stimulate the interest and knowledge of Grenoside. We also encourage and support individuals in their own research as well as developing group research. As a group we are also interested in hearing from people who no longer live in the area but have memories, memorabilia and photos of the area they would be willing to share with us.
- Halifax, the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, has a long and rich history. The Halifax Antiquarian Society exists to research, preserve and record this, taking the ancient Parish of Halifax as its area of study. This sizeable area stretched 15 miles to the Lancashire border and had boundaries which coincide with those of modern Calderdale in all but a few areas. Other towns included in the 'territory' are Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and most of Queensbury (the latter now in Bradford).
Harrogate and District Family History Society
St Paul's Church Hall
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1EL UK
Website: Harrogate and District Family History Society
- We promote and encourage the public study of both family and local history in the Harrogate and surrounding areas. We also promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material.
Haxby and Wigginton Local History Group
St Mary’s Church Hall
Haxby, Yorkshire YO32 3JS UK
Telephone: 01904 768516
Website: Haxby and Wigginton Local History Group
- The aim of the Haxby and Wigginton Local History Group is to gather historical information and photographs relating to Haxby and Wigginton.
- The Hebden Bridge Local History Society was formed in 1949 and is a section of the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society which celebrated its hundredth anniversary in 2005.
Helmsley Archaeological Society
North York Moors National Park Authority Committee Room
York, North Yorkshire YO62 5BP UK
Website: Helmsley Archaeological Society
- The Society's purpose was 'to gather together periodically for lectures and discussions on archaeological subjects, with special emphasis on local history' and to collect and record data.
- Hessle Local History Society exists to promote and encourage the history and traditions of the town of Hessle, and the study of its history.
Hetton Local & Natural History Society
Hetton & Eppleton Community Hall
Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear DH5 8HR UK
Website: Hetton Local & Natural History Society
- The primary aim of the Society is to advance the knowledge and education of people within the local community and beyond as to the heritage, history, and social development of Hetton-le-Hole and the surrounding area, including Easington Lane, Moorsley, and East Rainton.
Hillsborough and Owlerton Local History Group
The Hillsborough Sports Arena Seminar Room
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber, S6 4HA UK
Website: Hillsborough and Owlerton Local History Group
- The Group's website is intended to give anyone in the world access to information about the history of Hillsborough and Owlerton in the City of Sheffield. Essentially it covers Sheffield 6 which includes the villages of Loxley, Middlewood and Wadsley including the Don, Loxley and Rivelin Valleys. It is a suburb with many fine old buildings. There was an explosion of activity during the industrial revolution of both housing for ordinary workers and small industrial concerns though for centuries small water-powered mills were situated along the rivers. Some of these were destroyed in the Great Flood of 1864 never to be built again.
Huddersfield & District Archaeological Society
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH UK
Telephone: 01484 511400
Website: Huddersfield & District Archaeological Society
- The Society actively studies, explores and records the archaeology of the Huddersfield area. It has been doing so since 1956, covering prehistory, the Roman and mediaeval periods and the archaeology of the recent past.
Huddersfield and District Family History Society
Headquarters and Research Centre
The Root Cellar
33A Greens End Road
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 5NW UK
Website: Huddersfield and District Family History Society
- The Society’s aims are to promote and encourage mutual help between people interested in Family History and Genealogy. The Society caters particularly for those with interests in the Metropolitan District of Kirklees. The area comprises Batley, Colne Valley, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Holme Valley, Kirkburton, Meltham, Mirfield, and Spen Valley, an area of nearly 160 square miles. Within its boundaries lie the eleven ancient parishes of Almondbury, Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Emley, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Mirfield and Thornhill. High Hoyland, Halifax and Saddleworth are on the fringes of the area and some parts of these ancient parishes are included.
- Huddersfield Local History Society is a membership organisation for anybody and everybody interested in the history of the town. Our established activities include monthly talks from September to May; a summer outing; an autumn seminar; an annual journal, free to members; and a series of publications.
- The group aims to research, explore, and publish the history of the city of Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, and the surrounding area.
- Ingleborough Archaeology Group (IAG) is based in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales of England. It has as its core area of operations the Ingleborough massif and the surrounding valleys of Kingsdale, Chapel le Dale and Ribblesdale.
Keighley and District Family History Society
Local Studies Library (former Reference Library)
Keighley Public Library
1 Albert St
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD21 2AT UK
Website: Keighley and District Family History Society
- In 2019 Wharfedale FHG merged with the Keighley and District FHS, forming the Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society. (With a focus on family history in the West Riding of Yorkshire town of Keighley, the Keighley and District Family History Society was created in 1986. It soon became apparent however that there was significant interest from the outlying districts. Through this interest the Society has expanded to what we have today, covering quite a large area of the County of Yorkshire, especially North Yorkshire. Family history remains as the focus of our research, helping members to find out details of their own families.)
Kirkby, Great Broughton and Ingleby Greenhow Local History Group
Great Broughton Village Hall
Cleveland, Yorkshire TS9 7ER UK
Website: Kirkby, Great Broughton and Ingleby Greenhow Local History Group
- Our aim is to investigate and record the local history of the three villages and surrounding area and to encourage interest and involvement in these matters within the villages.
Kirkbymoorside History Group
Website: Kirkbymoorside History Group
- The Group promotes the study of local history, assists with research in the Kirkbymoorside Area, and secures archival material and artefacts.
Kirkheaton Local and Family History Group
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD5 0LZ UK
Telephone: 07824 499 600
Website: Kirkheaton Local and Family History Group
- The Society has been in existence since 2006 and has become a well established pillar of our community thanks, in no small measure, to the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of its membership. Our comprehensive and extremely popular website allows us to provide our community with a comprehensive and stimulating pictorial, oral and written history of our villages.
Linton on Ouse History Group
Linton on Ouse Village Hall
12 Main St
York, Yorkshire YO30 2AX UK
Telephone: 01347 848336/848268
Website: Linton on Ouse History Group
- The Heritage Group aims to link present with past, recording and honouring the lives and activities of our predecessors, making both past and present accessible to everyone who lives in or visits this area of unspoilt, wild beauty. We are interested in everything to do with these villages.
The London Group of Yorkshire Family History Societies
Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
London EC1 UK
Website: The London Group of Yorkshire Family History Societies
- The London Group meets four times a year, in March, June, September and November, when we aim to have distinguished speakers on a wide variety of subjects, many with a Yorkshire interest. The Group welcomes anyone with an interest in Yorkshire family history.
Malhamdale Local History Group
Malham Village Hall
Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4DH UK
Telephone: 01729 830201
Website: Malhamdale Local History Group
Website #2: Malhamdale Local History Group
- The Malhamdale Local History Group exists to promote and further knowledge about the history of the Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale, situated in upper Airedale. Based around the historic ecclesiastical parish, the group's area of interest covers the ten townships of Malham Moor, Malham, Kirkby Malham, Hanlith, Scosthrop, Airton, Calton, Otterburn, Bell Busk, and Coniston Cold.
Maltby Local History Society
Maltby Community Library
42 High St
Rotherham, South Yorkshire S66 8LA UK
Telephone: 01709 812150
Website: Maltby Local History Society
- The group consists of any interested people, and has informal links with Leeds University. Most members are local, but anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to join us.
- Marshland, a part of England relatively unknown to tourists, lies to the south of Yorkshire’s River Ouse. The History Group is concerned with the five villages closest to the river, Swinefleet, Reedness, Whitgift and Ousefleet and Adlingfleet.
- The Metcalfe Society supports the interest in the family history of the Metcalfe name & all spelling variants and acts as the principal link between branches in the home country and those settled worldwide. So whether you are interested in the name, its origin and history, or need some help with your own Metcalfe family history, why not join what is probably the world’s largest one-name family history society.
Mexborough and District Heritage Society
Mexborough Library & CSC
Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 9HS UK
Telephone: 01709 582037
Website: Mexborough and District Heritage Society
- Our aim is to record and preserve details of the area’s rich past – the buildings, the way of life and more importantly the people who worked so hard to create a thriving community. We have also developed an online archive on our website for public access to information on the area’s heritage.
Morley & District Family History Group
St Mary's Church Hall (opposite Morley Library)
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 8HZ UK
Website: Morley & District Family History Group
- We are a small and friendly group whose aims are to promote and encourage mutual help between like-minded people - who are interested in their ancestors, who they were, what they did and what their lives may have been like. Whether your ancestors were Morley born and bred, just passing through, or never went near the place, you, yourself, are assured of a helpful and friendly YORKSHIRE welcome.
- The Nether Edge History Group is based in the Nether Edge district of Sheffield and is part of the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group. It is interested in all historical facts and photos concerning Nether Edge and its surrounding area. The boundaries are flexible and material from Abbeydale, Sharrow, Banner Cross as well as Nether Edge is always of interest.
- The Group's mission is to encourage, promote and facilitate research into the history, archaeology and vernacular architecture of the area of North Craven which is centred on Settle.
- North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society was formed in the early 1980's by a group of local residents who wished to research the history of the village and to conserve the rural way of life.
Northallerton & District Local History Society
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall
41 Thirsk Road
Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1PJ UK
Telephone: 01609 774662
Website: Northallerton & District Local History Society
- The Society seeks to promote interest in Local History in the Allertonshire Wapentake of the old North Riding, but in practice supports Local History activity anywhere in the modern county of North Yorkshire.
- The group is currently researching the history of the village and surrounding areas from 1900 through to current times. Also they are researching the older houses of Northowram and Shibden.
Norton Lees Local History Group
St Paul’s Vestry
St Paul’s Church
52 Norton Lees Lane
Sheffield Yorkshire S8 9BD UK
Website: Norton Lees Local History Group
- History of people and buildings in the ancient parish of Norton, Sheffield. The group has gradually lapsed into inactivity. They have only 3 members left and do not meet regularly. They are happy to answer queries on local issues, but other than that they are largely dormant.
- The Society encourages research and recording of the history of Dronfield and its ancient parish which includes Apperknowle, Little Barlow, Coal Aston, Dronfield Woodhouse, Holmesfield and Unstone. Conservation of surviving buildings and features of the town and area has been a major objective and in association with the Civic Society we monitor any plans for re-development or alterations of old buildings.
- The Olicana Historical Society arranges an annual winter programme of lectures on a variety of subjects of both general and local historical interest. In summer a programme of visits is arranged for members. Where possible these visits are linked to the winter lectures.
- For over thirty years the Ossett Historical Society has fostered an interest in the history of Ossett, and that of the surrounding area.
Pocklington and District Local History Group
The Old Court House
37 George St
York, Yorkshire YO42 2DH UK
Telephone: 01759 301386
Website: Pocklington and District Local History Group
- The Pocklington & District Local History Group was started in 2007 and aims to promote and record the history and heritage of the area. We have put our effort into creating a website and digitally storing photographs, recordings, documents and family histories of peoples in the area. We also hold the Digital archives of the Bishop Wilton Local History Group now disbanded.
Pontefract and District Archaeological Society
Central Methodist Church
Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1NB UK
Telephone: 01977 794466
Website: Pontefract and District Archaeological Society
- The aims of our Society are to foster and promote the study of archaeology and its contribution to history, especially in and around Pontefract.
Pontefract and District Family History Society
Micklegate Methodist Church Hall
Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1QG UK
Website: Pontefract and District Family History Society
- As well as the Parish of Pontefract which includes the Chapelry of Knottingley, the areas of Carleton, East Hardwick and Tanshelf, the Society also covers the ancient parishes of Candleford, Ackworth, Badsworth, Birkin, Brayton, Brotherton, Darrington, Featherstone, Felkirk, Ferry Fryston, Hemsworth, Kellington, Kippax, Kirk Smeaton, Ledsham, Methley, Monk Fryston, Normanton, Sherburn in Elmet, South Kirkby, Womersley, Wragby, and the towns and villages within them.
- Poppleton History Society was established in 1989 to encourage local residents to develop interests in the history of their community and to record it. The Archaeology Group runs under the auspices of the Historical Society.
- We study the pre-history, history & archaeology of Mashamshire. 2010 - currently looking at the valley of the River Burn from source to where it joins the River Ure.
- Welcome to the Ranmoor Society – a local history group focusing on Sheffield’s Victorian suburb of Ranmoor and the neighbouring areas of Hangingwater and Nether Green.
Ripon Historical Society and Family History Group
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG4 1LE UK
Website: Ripon Historical Society and Family History Group
- Founded in 1987, the Ripon Historical Society is actively concerned with all aspects of the City of Ripon and the surrounding area from Masham to South Stainley and from Skelton-on-Ure to Nidderdale.
- Ripon Historical Society will be closing down at the end of 2017. Their assets and archives will be transferred to the Ripon Museums Trust. It is hoped that at least some of their existing functions, e.g., a members' journal of some kind, will continue under the umbrella of the Trust. They may also be able to offer a little basic research assistance as time and volunteer help allows.
- Rosedale History Society was formed in 2008 to bring together the communities of Rosedale, Thorgill and Hartoft and enable us to form an archive of historical material. This is a story of drama, conflict and huge changes, brought about by church, State and the Industrial Revolution. Our now peaceful and beautiful dale, set deep in the North Yorkshire Moors is a haven for walkers, historians, archaeologists and geologists. It is a fascinating and mysterious place, with many stories to tell.
- Rotherham Archaeological Society is a voluntary body dedicated to the preservation of Rotherham’s historic buildings and to the investigation and recording of its archaeology and heritage.
- The Society was formed in July 1983 to bring together the Family History Community in Rotherham and the surrounding area. It offers a forum and marketplace, which gives its members the opportunity to meet other like minded people in a friendly atmosphere conducive to the furtherment of their Genealogical interests.
- Ryburn Valley History Society represents a group of mainly local people interested in the history of the area. The Ryburn Valley has a rich history from prehistoric man, Viking activity, evidence of the Romans passing by, trade routes linking cottage industries then the impact of industrialisation.
- The Ryedale Family History Group was established in 2005 to help members to further their research into family and local history.
- The Saddleworth Historical Society aims to document the history of Saddleworth, to promote an interest in the area’s past, and to facilitate research relating to Saddleworth history. The Society’s activities range from prehistory and archaeology to landscape studies and architecture. Members’ interests include the textile industry, the Industrial Revolution, transportation by way of packhorse trails, turnpike roads, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, railways, and family histories.
Saltaire History Club
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD18 3JW UK
Telephone: 07515 120432
Website: Saltaire History Club
- The Society, originally called The Scarborough and District Archaeological Society, was founded in 1947 by a group of enthusiasts keen to preserve and research the rich archaeological inheritance of the area. Originally an excavating society, over the years our activities have expanded.
- Sedbergh & District History Society was founded in 1980 and now has members throughout the world. Its aims are to study, research, publish and stimulate interest in history but mainly in the history of the local area. The society archives hold copies of parish registers, tithe maps and schedules, censuses, land tax returns, deeds and wills, as well as an extensive collection of photographs dating from about 1858 onwards.
- Formed in May 2001 from a short Workers Education Association Family History Course, it has developed into a group where experienced members offer help and advice to those that require it.
- We set up nearly 40 years ago for the mutual benefit of people interested in the study of family and local history.
Sheriff Hutton History Group
Sheriff Hutton Village Hall
York, North Yorkshire YO60 6RA UK
Telephone: 01347 878136
Website: Sheriff Hutton History Group
- Sheriff Hutton played an important part in medieval history and has a growing collection of documents and photographs about the changes in the village through the 20th century.
Shire Brook Valley Heritage Group
Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre
Sheffield, Yorkshire S13 7BR UK
Website: Shire Brook Valley Heritage Group
- The group is an organisation that has brought together people who are enthusiastic about local history. Its aim is to continue the research and promotion of the heritage of the Shire Brook Valley.
Sinnington History Group
Website: Sinnington History Group
Skipton & Craven Historical Society
32 Swadford Street
Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1RD UK
Website: Skipton & Craven Historical Society
- The Society was founded in 1971 to form a focus for people within the Skipton area interested in both local and national history.
- We are a small community group researching the history and archaeology of the South Ainsty area, which lies to the south-west of York. Our area of interest is bounded by the A64 and the rivers Ouse and Wharfe. This includes the villages of Copmanthorpe, Acaster Malbis, Appleton Roebuck, Bolton Percy, Acaster Selby and Colton.
- South Bradford Local History Alliance is made up of Low Moor Local History Group, Wibsey Local History Group, and Wyke Local History Group. For some time now members of these groups have been transcribing parish and other records relating to the areas the various groups cover and these transcriptions are rapidly becoming available on this site.
- South Leeds Archaeology (SLA), brings together individuals who are interested in archaeology, share information, learn from each other and further everyone’s understanding.
- The South Pennine History Group was born in 2010 out of the common interests of three local history groups in the South Pennines: Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Marsden History Group, and Saddleworth Historical Society. The Group seeks to co-operate in order to work in partnership to research and record all aspects of the history of the South Pennine region, to promote all aspects of the history and heritage of the South Pennine Region, and to make the results of such research available to the wider community.
South Yorkshire Industrial History Society (SYIHS)
Kelham Island Industrial Museum
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RY UK
Telephone: 0114 2307693
Website: South Yorkshire Industrial History Society (SYIHS)
- South Yorkshire Industrial History Society is a registered charity which is involved in conservation of buildings linked with local trades, industrial history and archaeology of Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
Spen Valley Historical Society
Our Lady & St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church Hall
Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD19 5DL UK
Telephone: 0797 193 8010
Website: Spen Valley Historical Society
Stannington Local History Group
The Lomas Hall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S6 6DB UK
Website: Stannington Local History Group
- Stannington is situated on one of Sheffield's seven hills. Originally a village in the old West Riding of Yorkshire, it is now a suburb of Sheffield while still being part of the Parish of Bradfield.
Stocksbridge and District History Society
Museum and Heritage Centre
Sheffield, Yorkshire S36 2DT UK
Website: Stocksbridge and District History Society
- Discover more about the Photographs, Objects and Documents cared for by the Stocksbridge & District History Society & explore the area from the comfort of your home.
Stockton on the Forest and Hopgrove Local History Group
Stockton on the Forest
York, Yorkshire YO32 9UN UK
Telephone: 01904 400309
Website: Stockton on the Forest and Hopgrove Local History Group
- The group's aims are to hold events, collect material and publish information to stimulate the interest and knowledge of Stockton and its neighbourhood.
- We are an informal group of people interested in learning about all aspects of the history of Strensall, York and the surrounding area.
Swinton Heritage Society
Website: Swinton Heritage Society
- This site is the official history site for both Swinton and its sister village of Kilnhurst. Please explore the site and enjoy the town's past. Our primary role is to celebrate, spread knowledge and seek to protect varied aspects of the Swinton areas (including Kilnhurst) rich local history and heritage.
- Tadcaster Historical Society is a small, local history group who not only meet monthly to hear an historical lecture, but are also engaged in their own research, both individually and in groups. Together, they have produced several books on the history of Tadcaster. These include a major achievement: the transcription and translation from Latin into English of the Manor Court Rolls of the Percy Manor of Tadcaster for the 16th and 17th Century.
- The Group's aim is to collect and record photos and memories of the east side of the city and make them available to all.
- We’re an enthusiastic, friendly group who share a passion for the rich, distinctive heritage of the Tees Valley and Cleveland, with more than 10,000 years of archaeology – evidence for past human activity – on our doorstep!
Thorne Local History Society
Old Folks Centre
Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN8 5BE UK
Website: Thorne Local History Society
- The Thoresby Society is the historical society for Leeds and its surrounding area and is open to everyone interested in the city’s rich past and its development over the centuries. It has a long-established library and archive collection, including historical records, maps, newspapers, and images, provides a varied programme of monthly talks and summer excursions, and publishes original research on aspects of Leeds history in its highly regarded annual publication (free to members).
Thornton le Dale History Society
The Hill Memorial Institute
Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire YO18 7LF UK
Telephone: 01751 473816
Website: Thornton le Dale History Society
- The Society was formed in May 2013 for people interested in the history of Thornton le Dale and the surrounding area. There is a wide range of interests and expertise within the group and enthusiasm for investigating various aspects of the history of Thornton le Dale.
- To research and collate the history of Thurgoland parish and also through speakers learn local history of other areas around us.
Thurnscoe Family History Group
Training Room 2
DECV LTd (Thurnscoe Library)
2 Shepherd Lane
Rotherham, South Yorkshire S63 0JS UK
Telephone: 01709 893115
Website: Thurnscoe Family History Group
- The aim of the group is to promote and help the research of family history in the area.
Tickhill and District Local History Society
Methodist Schoolroom (entrance behind the Methodist Church)
Telephone: 01302 752429
Website: Tickhill and District Local History Society
- The Society is building a documentary and photographic archive of the area’s history which will be available for research. Tickhill Library have kindly provided room for the Archive. As well as donations of original material, the Society welcomes the opportunity to copy documents and photographs where people prefer to retain the originals.
- Todwick Historical Society was formed to bring together like-minded members of the village and surrounding area who wanted to discuss the history of the village and share documents and images of times past.
- We hope you enjoy your visit to our site which celebrates the history of Yorkshire's most southerly village. New material is added all the time, so to keep up with our research, make your visits frequent!
Upper Dales Family History Group
Fremington Sunday School
Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6AR UK
Harmby Village Hall
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5PG UK
Telephone: 0743 2677 783
Website: Upper Dales Family History Group
- The Group is a branch of the Cleveland, North Yorkshire & South Durham FHS. The aim of the Group is to support those members whose ancestors had their roots in Wensleydale and Swaledale. These ancestors often wandered far and wide so it is not surprising that our members' genealogical interests spread nationally and internationally.
- The objective of the Society is to advance public education in Family History and Genealogy for the benefit of anyone living in the area of the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council or with interests or family in that area.
- Wakefield Historical Society welcomes all those with an interest in history both on a local level and more widely. We aim to promote knowledge of the area's past and raise awareness of local heritage.
Wath Community History Group
Wath Community Partnership
Wath Upon Dearne
Rotherham, South Yorkshire S63 7RD UK
Telephone: 01709 513160
Website: Wath Community History Group
- Welcome to this introduction to the history of an ancient place, once described as ‘The Queen of Villages’ by the poet James Montgomery. WCHG was established in 1979 to generate an interest in the history of Wath Upon Dearne and its locality.
Wesley Historical Society - Yorkshire
1 Dragon Drive
Leeds, Yorkshire LS12 4AS UK
Telephone: 0113 263 6234
Website: Wesley Historical Society - Yorkshire
Website: Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire) Library
- 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: Historic county of Yorkshire.
- In 2019 Wharfedale FHG merged with the Keighley and District FHS, forming the Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society. (Founded in 1980 the group is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. If your roots are in Wharfedale or further afield you will find help and encouragement in this fascinating hobby by joining the Wharfedale Family History Group.)
Whiston Heritage Society
Whiston Parish Church
Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 4JG UK
Website: Whiston Heritage Society
- We are a local history group whose main interest lies in the village (and its surrounding area) that we all call home - Whiston Village, located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK. We aim to document the life of the village; past, present and future; present this information in the form of books, publications, lectures; photographs and videos; and provide advice, support and information to the local community and wider general public in their search for information about Whiston.
- Wibsey LHG was formed in the spring of 2000 when a group of local residents felt there was more to be learned about the history of this ancient village, mentioned in Domesday.
- The aims of this society are to promote the advancement of education of the public in all aspects of the history of Woodsetts, South Yorkshire in particular but not exclusively by the provision of publications, meetings, exhibitions, lectures and such other means as the trustees think fit, including undertaking research, recording and (whenever possible) publishing the history of the area, its people and life style from its earliest times to the present day.
Worsbrough Local History Society
Worsbrough Branch Library
Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 5BN UK
Website: Worsbrough Local History Society
- We are a group of people with interests in the history of Worsbrough and the surrounding villages
- The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society was founded in 1863 (as the Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association) to promote interest in the history and archaeology of the Huddersfield area. In 1870 it expanded its interest to cover the whole of Yorkshire, and today it is the main society in this field for the historic county.
Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section)
Swarthmore Education Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square
Leeds, Yorkshire LS3 1AD UK
Website: The Family History Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society
- Family history has been a fast growing subject for over three decades, with interest ranging from who our ancestors were, where they lived and worked, and the social history of the period. The aim of the Section is to promote these interests and assist members in their research.
Yorkshire Architectural & York Archaeological Society
Friargate Quaker Meeting House
York, Yorkshire YO1 9RL UK
Website: Yorkshire Architectural & York Archaeological Society
- YAYAS is lucky to have an active council with a wide variety and depth of experience in fields related to architecture, archaeology, history and heritage.
Yorkshire Heraldry Society
The Church Hall
Halifax, Yorkshire HX1 5DH UK
St.Columba United Reformed Church
70 Headingley Lane
Leeds, Yorkshire LS6 2DH UK
St. Crux Church Hall
York, Yorkshire YO1 8NQ UK
Website: Yorkshire Heraldry Society
- Our meetings cover a range of topics often of general interest with an heraldic theme (such as the history of pub signs) to the history of specific Coats of Arms.
- The society has been working for nearly forty years to ensure that the integrity of Yorkshire, its three Ridings and all the associated boundaries is maintained.