Kent Societies

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 19:22, 25 September 2017 by Bbailey98 (talk | contribs) (Updating information)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kent Wiki Topics
Flag of Kent.png
Beginning Research
Record Types
Kent Background
Local Research Resources

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]

Romney Marsh Research Trust
Website: Romney Marsh Research Trust

The Romney Marsh Research Trust was formed in 1987 to study the history, archaeology and landscape history (or ‘geomorphology’) of Romney Marsh.

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.

Kent Societies[edit | edit source]

Appledore Local History Society
Methodist Chapel
The Street
Appledore, Kent TN26 2AE UK
Telephone: 01233 758756
Website: Appledore Local History Society

The aims and objectives of the Appledore Local History Society are to provide a focal point for the regular gathering of local residents interested in the history of the village and surrounding areas; to facilitate the collection, collation and sharing of information and artefacts and to provide a repository for the benefit of future generations; to build an extensive archive that might be developed into a local Appledore Heritage Centre; to welcome and inform new residents of the history of the village and surrounding areas; to provide visitors to Appledore some basic facts that will enhance their knowledge of the village; and to establish heritage trails that will enrich the enjoyment of tourists to the village.

Ashford Archaeological and Historical Society
Friends Meeting House
Albert Road
Ashford, Kent TN24 8NY UK
Website: Ashford Archaeological and Historical Society

Aylesford Historical Society
Aylesford Community Centre
25 Forstal Road
Aylesford, Kent ME20 7AU UK
Telephone: 01622 717034

Bearsted & District Local History Society
King George V Memorial Hall
Manor Rise
Bearsted, Kent ME14 4DB UK
Telephone: 01622 737756
Website: Bearsted & District Local History Society

Bexley Archaeological Group
Sidcup Conservative Club
19 Station Road
Sidcup, Kent DA15 7EB UK
Website: Bexley Archaeological Group

The group welcomes all those who have an interest in the archaeology and history of Bexley and the surrounding area. Since its formation the group has provided an opportunity for people in the community to get involved in Archaeology and History in the local area.

Bexley Historical Society
St John Fisher RC Church
Thanet Road
Bexley, Kent DA5 1AP UK
Telephone: (020) 8301 2310
Website: Bexley Historical Society

Bexley Historical Society was established by history-loving citizens "as a non profit organization to encourage an interest in both local, general historical and archaeological matters particularly those relating to the area within the boundaries of the Borough of Bexley".

Biddenden Local History Society
Biddenden New Village Hall
Tenterden Road
Ashford, Kent TN27 8BB UK
Telephone: 01580 291925
Website: Biddenden Local History Society

Brenchley and Matfield Local History Society
Matfield Village Hall
Tonbridge, Kent TN12 7LW UK
Telephone: 01892 722339
Website: Brenchley and Matfield Local History Society

Founded in 1971, the Society has over 150 members. As well as encouraging an interest in both local and national history, one of its main objectives is to maintain and expand its local archive which now contains a fascinating picture of the evolution of the parish. This archive is a valuable source of reference which is open, by appointment, for inspection.

Bridge & District History Society
Bridge Village Hall
28 High St
Canterbury, Kent CT4 5JZ UK
Website: Bridge & District History Society

Bridge & District History Society was formed to promote interest in aspects of local history in and around the villages of Barham, Bekesbourne, Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Kingston, Littlebourne, and Patrixbourne in Kent.

Broadstairs Society
Holy Trinity Church Hall
Nelson Place
Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1HQ UK
Telephone: 1843 604974
Website: Broadstairs Society

The Broadstairs Society was founded in 1864 with the aim to protect the charm and character of Broadstairs & St Peters and its future.

Canterbury Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS)
Newton Lecture Theatre Ng03
North Holmes Campus
N Holmes Rd
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU UK
Telephone: 01227 780245
Website: Canterbury Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS)

Canterbury Historical and Archaeological Society was established in 1920 'to encourage the study of the history and antiquities of the City of Canterbury and surroundings and to preserve the architectural features and characteristics of the City.'

Chalk Parish History Group
1 Lower Higham Road
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2ND UK
Email: ​chalkhistorygroup@​gmail.​com
Website: Chalk Parish History Group

The Chalk Parish History Group is a small group of people who are interested in local history, particularly that of Chalk.

Charing & District Local History Society
Parish Hall
Station Road
Charing, Kent TN27 0JA UK
Telephone: 01233 713749
Website: Charing & District Local History Society

Charing and District Local History Society exists to promote an active interest in local history.

Dover Society
St. Marys Parish Centre
Church St
Dover, Kent CT16 1BY UK
Website: Dover Society

Assisting with the preservation of our Historic Town of Dover.

Edenbridge and District Historical Society
Station Road
Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5PA UK
Website: Edenbridge and District Historical Society

The aims of the society are primarily to promote, encourage and co-ordinate research into the history of the Eden Valley and to provide a platform for talks and discussion.

The Faversham Society
Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre
10-13 Preston Street
Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS UK
Telephone: 01795 534542
Website: The Faversham Society

For more than 50 years the Faversham Society has been working towards the preservation and enjoyment of this unique historic town.

Folkestone & District Family History Society
Church Hall
All Souls Church
Folkestone, Kent CT19 4HA UK
Website: Folkestone & District Family History Society

The Folkestone and District Family History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of family history in the South East Kent area. It provides advice and assistance to members with South East Kent ancestry as well as to members whose roots are elsewhere, and welcomes the beginner and the more experienced family historian alike.

Gravesend Historical Society
St. Mary's Church Hall
Wrotham Road
Gravesend, Kent DA11 7LL UK
Telephone: 01474 363998
Website: Gravesend Historical Society

The aims of the Society are to promote the study of Scientific and Archaeological subjects in the district by individual research, by collective study and the interchange of ideas by means of papers, readings, lectures, excursions, field days and outings. By the publication of transactions, journals etc, and other means that seemed advisable at the time.

Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne
Phoenix House
Central Avenue
Swale, Kent ME10 4BX UK
Telephone: 01634 230421
Website: Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne

Our aim is to investigate, record, and promote the history of Sittingbourne and the local area by research, study, education, and publication.

Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society
Room B
Crampton Tower Yard
High Street
Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2AB UK
Website: Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society

The aims of our Society are ‘to promote, for the benefit and education of the general public, the study of the archaeology and history of the Isle of Thanet’.

Kent Archaeological Society
Maidstone Museum
St Faith’s Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH UK
Telephone: 1474 822280
Website: Kent Archaeological Society

The Society was founded in 1857 and has the following objects: To promote the study and publication of archaeology and history in all their branches, especially within the ancient county of Kent. Much of the County has been lost to London since 1857 so the “ancient county” is treated as including the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, and Lewisham, as well as Medway and the administrative county.

Kent Family History Society
Ashford Branch
The Willesborough Windmill
Hythe Road
Ashford, Kent TN24 0QG UK
Website: Ashford Branch
Canterbury Branch
St Andrews United Reform Church
Watling Street
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2UA UK
Telephone: 01227 453576
Website: Canterbury Branch
Deal Branch
The Cleary Room
The Landmark Centre
129 High Street
Deal, Kent CT14 6BB UK
Website: Deal Branch
Maidstone Branch
St. Paul's Church Hall
Boxley Road
Maidstone, Kent ME14 2AN UK
Telephone: 01622 204923
Medway Branch
All Saints Parish Hall
Church Green
Frindsbury, Kent ME2 4HY UK
Website: Medway Branch
Thanet Branch
The Birchington Village Centre
9 Alpha Road
Birchington, Kent CT7 9EG UK
Telephone: 01843 841228
Website: Thanet Branch

St Andrew's United Reformed Church
Watling Street
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2UA UK
Website: Kent Family History Society

Welcome to the Kent Family History Society. Established in 1974 as the largest and oldest Family History Society in Kent, with more than 2,400 members worldwide, we are uniquely able to help members to learn how to research their own family tree. Branch meetings are held in Ashford, Canterbury, Deal, Maidstone, Medway (Frindsbury), and Thanet (Birchington). In addition, there is an on-line Global Branch.

Leigh & District Historical Society
Leigh Small Village Hall
High St.
Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8RL UK
Website: Leigh & District Historical Society

The Leigh and District Historical Society was founded with two main objectives: To provide an annual programme of meetings with presentations on historical subjects connected to Leigh, together with presentations on subjects of both county and national interest, and To maintain and add to our archive of local historical material and to make this available both to local residents and historians in general.

Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group
The Friends Meeting House
North Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LS UK
Telephone: 01634 717135
Website: Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group

Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
Maidstone Community Support Centre
39-48 Marsham St
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1HH UK
Telephone: 01622 762422
Website: Maidstone Area Archaeological Group

The Group was founded in 1969 in order to promote archaeological research in the Maidstone area, co-ordinate archaeological research, and publish the results of such research.

North West Kent Family History Society
Bromley Branch
Bromley Methodist Church
College Road
Bromley, Kent BR1 3NS UK
Dartford Branch
Dartford Technology College
Heath Lane
Dartford, Kent DA1 2LY UK
Telephone: 01322 384836
Sevenoaks Branch
Sevenoaks Community Centre
Otford Road
Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5DN UK

Website: North West Kent Family History Society

The North West Kent Family History Society was formed in 1978 with the object of aiding and encouraging the study of family history and genealogy in South East London and North West Kent.

Orpington & District Archaeological Society
Christ Church (United Reformed)
Tudor Way
Petts Wood
Bromley, London BR5 1LH UK
Website: Orpington & District Archaeological Society

The Society promotes the study of archaeology in the local area by undertaking excavations, carrying out research, and encouraging public interest through meetings and visits.

Tonbridge Historical Society
Angel Centre
Angel Ln
Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SF UK
Website: Tonbridge Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1960 to provide a focus for local people with historical interests. Unlike some similar societies it is concerned with national history and with archaeology, as well as with the history of Kent and the local area.

West Kent Archaeological Group
Website: West Kent Archaeological Group

Our area of interest is West Kent, primarily the Darent Valley, however, we are prepared to move outside this area to assist other societies, groups, landowners, and members of the public with resistivity geophysics, metal detecting, and field walking projects.

Woolwich & District Family History Society
Shrewsbury House
Bushmoor Cres
Shooter’s Hill
London SE18 3EG UK
Website: Woolwich & District Family History Society

The Society covers not just Woolwich but also Greenwich, Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead, Eltham, Welling, Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Many people have ancestors who spent a few years or a few generations in this area. Many worked at the Royal Arsenal, the Royal Dockyard, or served in the Artillery.