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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]

Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
5 Sanderling Court
Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 4TS UK
Telephone: 01562 743912
Website: Birmingham and Midland Society

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry is the principal family history society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The modern metropolitan boroughs of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, and Wolverhampton (collectively known as the West Midlands) are within our area. The metropolitan boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, and Wolverhampton are also sometimes collectively referred to as "The Black Country."

The Black Country Society
The Dudley Canal Trust Portal
Birmingham Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SB UK
Website: The Black Country Society

The Black Country Society believes the original Black Country to be that area of South Staffordshire and North Worcestershire (excluding Birmingham) which was on the famous 30 foot seam of coal.

Midland Catholic History Society
16 Brandhall Court
Wolverhampton Road
Oldbury, West Midlands B68 8DE UK
Telephone: 0121 422 1573
Website: Midland Catholic History Society

The Midland Catholic History Society was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Staffordshire Catholic History Society and the Worcestershire Catholic History Society. Staffordshire was founded in 1960 and Worcestershire in 1962 (amalgamated with the Federated Western Marches Recusant Society in 1981). Both Staffordshire and Worcestershire were included in the Midland Vicariate Apostolic (1688-1840), and the Central Vicariate (1840-50) and the Diocese, later Archdiocese, of Birmingham (1850-). The journals of the two societies were merged in 1991 and this allowed the regular appearance of a well produced publication drawing on material from all over the Midlands. The Worcestershire journal, Worcester Recusant, had long included material from Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Staffordshire Societies[edit | edit source]

Aldridge Local History Society
St. Mary's Church
The Green
Walsall, West Midlands WS9 8NH UK
Website: Aldridge Local History Society

Audley and District Family History Society
St James Church Hall
Audley, Staffordshire ST7 8HL UK
Website: Audley and District Family History Society

Audley Parish is situated in the rolling hills of North Staffordshire and has a long and interesting history, including farming and a period of intensive coal mining. Since 1986 the Audley and District Family History Society has been working to make records available for Audley and its adjoining parishes. Our records are based on the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Audley, which comprises of Audley Township, Bignall End, Halmer End, Knowle End, Park End, Eardley End and Talke. The adjoining area comprises of the ancient parishes of Barthomley and Church Lawton in Cheshire, and Wolstanton, Keele, Madeley and Betley in Staffordshire.

Biddulph & District Genealogy & Historical Society
Biddulph Library
Tunstall Rd
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST8 6HH UK
Website: Biddulph & District Genealogy & Historical Society

The aim of the Society is to promote genealogy and local history particularly pertaining to the Biddulph area.

Burntwood Family History Group
Old Mining College Centre
Queen St
Burntwood, Staffordshire WS7 4QH UK
Telephone: 01543 448987
Website: Burntwood Family History Group

The aim of the Burntwood Family History Group continues to bring together those who are interested in the research of their family history.

Colton History Society
Website: Colton History Society

Colton is a small village in Staffordshire, a mile North of Rugeley. It boasts a long and vibrant history, with many people, traditions and buildings of historic merit.

Landor Local History Society
1 Bilberry Close
Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 2SH UK
Telephone: 01889 576674
Website: Landor Local History Society

The Society is a focus for those who wish to learn more about the history of Rugeley (Staffordshire) and its surrounding parishes. It serves Rugeley, Staffordshire and the neighbouring parishes. We care about the heritage of the town of Rugeley and its surrounding area.

Ridware History Society
Village Hall
Uttoxeter Road
Hill Ridware
Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 3QR UK
Website: Ridware History Society

Three ancient parishes. Hamstall Ridware; Mavesyn Ridware and Pipe Ridware are in the County of Staffordshire in the English Midlands. The Parish of Mavesyn Ridware includes Hill Ridware and Blithbury: Hamstall Ridware includes Nethertown. This society is dedicated to the history of these parishes.

Sedgley Local History Society
St. Andrew’s Church
Bilston Street
Dudley, West Midlands DY3 1JB UK
Website: Sedgley Local History Society

Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS] is a Black Country group based in the village of Sedgley. Here, the heritage of the Manor of Sedgley in south Staffordshire, is focused through its nine villages - Sedgley, Gospel End, Cotwall End, Upper Gornal, Lower Gornal, Woodsetton, Coseley, Ettingshall, and Brierley - on a history of people, places and events.

Smethwick Local History Society
Bearwood Baptist Church
corner of Rawlings Road/Bearwood Road
Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands B66 4HA UK
Telephone: 0121 429 4623
Website: Smethwick Local History Society

Our aim is to bring to people's attention the history which surrounds them and encourage the research, recording and preserving of many different aspects of our local heritage.

Tipton & Wednesbury Family History Society
18 Hobs Road
Wood Green
Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 9BD UK
Website: Tipton & Wednesbury Family History Society

The aims of the Society are o promote and encourage the public study of British Family History, genealogy, heraldry and allied subjects with particular reference to the ancient Towns of Tipton and Wednesbury.

Walsall Family History Group
St. Matthews Community Centre
St Matthews Close
Walsall, West Midlands WS1 3DG UK
Telephone: 01922 454430
Website: Walsall Family History Group

W.F.H.G. is a small group of enthusiastic genealogists based in the market town of Walsall in the county of West Midlands, but still refers to the old county name of Staffordshire whenever genealogy is discussed.