East Lothian Societies

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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 Society

Lothians Family History Society
c/o Lasswade Centre Library
Eskdale Drive
Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 2LA UK
Email: Lothiansfhs@hotmail.com
Website: Lothians Family History Society
Website #2: Lothians Family History Society

Do you have an interest in any (or all) of the following: Family Tree research, Ancestry, Genealogy, Family Roots, Burial Indexes, Military research, or Family History or research in the counties of Midlothian, East Lothian, or West Lothian?

Local Societies

Dunbar and District History Society
The Town House
High Street
Dunbar EH42 1ER UK
Telephone: 01368 863734
Email: ddhs_townhouse@hotmail.co.uk
Website: Dunbar and District History Society

The aim of the Society is to record as many aspects of Dunbar’s long history as possible and we welcome donations, e.g., photographs, from the public. We also aim to encourage historical research in relation to our town and its surrounding areas – from pre-history up to the present day.

East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists’ Society
West Barns Village Hall
Edinburgh Road
West Barns EH42 1UP UK
Telephone: 01875 818 710
Email: graeme.bettison@tesco.net
Website: East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists’ Society

The Society was founded on the 10th of May 1924 for the study of the antiquities, archaeology, local history, and natural history of East Lothian and for the collection and publication of relevant documentary evidence.

Gullane and Dirleton History Society
Gullane Village Hall
6b Hall Crescent
Gullane EH31 2HA UK
Dirleton Kirk Hall
Dirleton EH39 5EL UK
Telephone: 01620 843095
Email: gdhsinfo@yahoo.co.uk
Website: Gullane and Dirleton History Society

The Society aims to promote local history by means of lectures, projects, research, publications, and outings.

Haddington’s History Society
Paxton House
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1SZ UK
Telephone: 01620 820 690
Email: jgc@eastlothian.gov.uk
Website: Haddington’s History Society

Our main purposes and activities, as recorded in our constitution, are to foster interest in the history and archaeology of Haddington and its environs through annual programmes of meetings, visits, and outings; collect, and hold on behalf of the local community, significant items of local historical interest; and foster research into local history and to publish findings from time to time.