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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]
Goring Gap Local History Society
6 Nun’s Acre
Berkshire RG8 9BE UK
Telephone: 01491 871022
Website: Goring Gap Local History Society
- The Society has a good collection of historical material in its archives and has published several booklets. The archives are open to the public by appointment. Members receive an annual journal containing a variety of short articles on topics of local interest. The Society’s oral history project aims to record the memories of local people for posterity.
- The Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of Family History. It caters to those with Oxfordshire or North Berkshire ancestry as well as those who live locally but with ancestors from elsewhere.
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.
Berkshire Societies[edit | edit source]
Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society
35 Ock Street
Abingdon, Berkshire OX14 5AG UK
Website: Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society
- The AAAHS was founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region.
- Our village is steeped in history, and our society exists to make it known more widely. We hope that you will learn about the main families, estates and buildings by following the links on the site.
Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG)
De Vitre room
Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1UG UK
Telephone: 0118 942 9712
Website: Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG)
- BARG takes an interest in uncovering evidence for human activity in the Royal County across a broad period from prehistoric times right through to the post-medieval and modern periods.
- Berkshire has a rich and varied landscape including parts of the Berkshire Downs, the Kennet valley, the Thames valley and the North Downs. The Society exists to explore, care and promote the Historic Environment of the past and present county of Berkshire.
Berkshire Family History Society
Berkshire Family History Society Research Centre
131 Castle Hill
Reading, Berkshire RG1 7TJ UK
Telephone: 0118950 9553
Website: Berkshire Family History Society
- Objects of the society are to advance education of the public in research into family history and genealogy, primarily but not exclusively within the boundaries of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire; and to work to promote the preservation, transcription, indexing and ready public accessibility of related records and information.
- The Group is for anyone interested in industrial archaeology and history, especially those who live or work in the English county of Berkshire and its surrounds.
- The Berkshire Local History Association (BLHA) was founded in 1976 to encourage interest in local history in the county, both before and after the 1974 boundary changes. This includes education and training, research, and publication.
- The Society was founded in October 1993 to print scholarly editions of important documents on the history of Berkshire held in the Berkshire Record Office and elsewhere. Our aim is to publish one volume each year and we welcome ideas for new projects.
- Blewbury is a pretty downlands village with a thriving community, formerly in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire. Blewbury Local History Group consists of an informal gathering of friends who take an interest in investigating and preserving historical matters relating to the parish of Blewbury.
Bracknell & District Historical Society
Montgomery of Alamein Court
Cumberland Close Off Bay Road
Berkshire RG12 2NE UK
Telephone: 01344 625700
- The Society, many of whose members live in Ascot, was formed in 1971 and is a Corporate member of the Berkshire Local History Association.
- The Eton Wick History Group was founded to research and record local history. Eton Wick and the surrounding area is rich in history and the village has a heritage dating back to 1217.
Faringdon & District Historical & Archaeological Society
Old Town Hall
The Pump House
5 Market Place
Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HL UK
Telephone: 01367 240885
Website: Faringdon & District Historical & Archaeological Society
The Hungerford Historical Association
Town Hall & Corn Exchange
Berkshire RG17 0NJ UK
Telephone: 01488 682932
Website: The Hungerford Historical Association
- A key feature of the HHA in its early years was the formation of research groups – covering Buildings, Great Estates, Pre-History, Town & Manor, Communications, Trade & Industry, Churches & Schools, and Kintbury,
- The group, formed in 1984, researches, collects, studies and shares through publications and exhibitions, all aspects of the local and family history of the parish and local area of Long Wittenham. Long Wittenham was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it from Berkshire to Oxfordshire, and from the former Wallingford Rural District to the new district of South Oxfordshire.
Longworth and District History Society
Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall
Southmoor, Oxfordshire OX13 5HX UK
Telephone: 01865 820500
Website: Longworth and District History Society
- The society promotes the local history of the villages of the Golden Ridge on which we lie. These are the villages of Longworth, Kingston Bagpuize, Draycott Moor [Southmoor], Hinton Waldrist and the surrounding hamlets, and supports visits to many places of interest in our locality and beyond.
Maidenhead Archaeological & Historical Society
70 Lambourne Drive
Berkshire SL6 3HG UK
Telephone: 01628 630 924
Website: Maidenhead Archaeological & Historical Society
- The aim of Maidenhead Archeological & Historical Society is to explore, interpret, preserve and share as much historical and archaeological evidence as we can about the area in which we live, and beyond.
- The Maidenhead Heritage Centre and ATA exhibition and archive explores the history of Maidenhead and its surroundings, including the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which was headquartered at White Waltham airfield during World War II. The mission of the centre is to preserve and celebrate the area’s heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
Middle Thames Archaeological & Historical Society
St. Andrew's Church centre
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire SL2 4LN UK
- This society, based in Slough, organises monthly talks on a variety of historical and archaeological subjects.
- Project Purley was founded in 1982 by merging three groups, Transcribing Parish Registers, Natural History and Archaeology at the Church. We have an extensive archive of research material including photos, drawings, articles, and copies and transcripts of original documents.
Radley History Club
Radley Church of England Primary School
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3QF UK
Email (family history enquiries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Email (chairman): email@example.com
Website: Radley History Club
- The village is now in Oxfordshire, formerly in Berkshire. The Club has an ever expanding collection of archives – photographs, maps, documents, books, audiovisual and transciptions of wills. The archives include a library of oral history – audio recordings of interviews with older residents telling their memories. The archive catalogue is presented according to 17 different subject categories (e.g. church, school, people, farms and land).
Sandhurst Historical Society
Berkshire GU47 9BJ UK
Telephone: 01252 375579
Website: Sandhurst Historical Society
Stanford in the Vale Local History Society
Stanford in the Vale
Vale of White Horse, Berkshire SN7 8LR UK
Website: Stanford in the Vale Local History Society
Sutton Courtenay Local History Society
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4BB UK
Telephone: 01235 848527
Website: Sutton Courtenay Local History Society
- The Sutton Courtenay Local History Society aims to promote interest in local history, to undertake research on the history of the village, and to encourage and support research into local family history.
Thatcham Historical Society
Sixth Form Block
Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 4LL UK
Telephone: 0118 9712428
Website: Thatcham Historical Society
- The society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general.
- The Society's objectives are to encourage Research and Interest in the history of Twyford & Ruscombe, hold meetings on historical topics for members, organise visits and days out to places of interest, provide occasional informative Journals to each member, and publish monographs on subjects of interest to members.
Wargrave Local History Society
Wargrave Recreation Ground
Wokingham, Berkshire RG10 8BG
Telephone: 0118 940 3121
Website: Wargrave Local 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's voice has been significant in helping to preserve many local historical features and to ensure that development has been sensitive to the town's heritage.