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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]

Highland Family History Society
Highland Archive and Registration Centre
Bught Park
Inverness IV3 5SS UK
Telephone: 01463 256444
Website: Highland Family History Society
Facebook: Highland Family History Society

The Society was established in September 1981 to promote the study of genealogy, family history, and related subjects in the Highlands of Scotland. Our area covers the old counties of Sutherland, Ross, Inverness, and Nairn (and we retain interest in, and information about, Caithness and northern parishes of Argyll and Perth, though they now have their own local family history groups).

Lochaber & North Argyll Family History Group
Fort William Library
Airds Crossing
Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6EU UK
Telephone: 01779 238416
Website: Lochaber & North Argyll Family History Group
Website #2: Lochaber & North Argyll Family History Group

The Lochaber Family History Group has an interest in tracing family roots in the Lochaber area.

North of Scotland Archaeological Society
Dingwall Community Centre
Tulloch St
Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty IV15 9JZ UK
Website: North of Scotland Archaeological Society
Facebook: North of Scotland Archaeological Society

The main objectives of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society are to further the study of archaeology in the North of Scotland and to promote that interest to a wider audience. Our membership extends across Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness, Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire, and Argyll. We all share an avid enthusiasm for Highland archaeology.

Local Societies[edit | edit source]

Barra & Vatersay Historical Society
Barra Heritage and Cultural Centre
Isle of Barra, Western Isles HS9 5XD UK
Telephone: 01871 810413
Website: Barra & Vatersay Historical Society
Website #2: Barra & Vatersay Historical Society

Barra & Vatersay Historical Society was established in 1995 to preserve and promote the heritage of Barra, Vatersay, and the smaller islands to the south known as the Bishop’s Isles. The Society collects artefacts, archives, photographs, and information relating to these islands and has a programme of exhibitions and displays in its registered museum in Castlebay.

Cill Chuimein Heritage Group
Glengarry Heritage Centre
Invergarry PH35 4HG UK
Telephone: 01320 366255
Website: Cill Chuimein Heritage Group

Cill Chuimein Heritage Group was constituted in December 1999 with the aim of stimulating interest in, and encouraging research in, any aspect of the history of Fort Augustus and the surrounding area.

Eigg History Society (Chomunn Eachdraidh Eige)
Isle of Eigg
Mallaig PH42 4RL UK
Website: Eigg History Society

The Society is dedicated to the research, preservation, and interpretation of the Isle of Eigg’s history.

Elgol and Torrin Historical Society
Elgol Village Hall
Elgol, Isle of Skye IV49 9BJ UK
Telephone: 01471 866 277
Website: Elgol and Torrin Historical Society
Facebook: Elgol and Torrin Historical Society

Based in Elgol the society collects and records local information and photographs that are in danger of being lost to future generations.

Glenurquhart Heritage Group
Glenurquhart Hall
Drumnadrochit UK
Telephone: 01456 450227
Facebook: Glenurquhart Heritage Group

The objects of the Group will be to preserve the public education in and appreciation of the traditions and cultural heritage of Glen Urquhart by promoting an interest in and concern for the natural heritage of the area.

Inverness Field Club
Millburn Academy
Diriebught Rd
Inverness IV2 3QR UK
Telephone: 1463 831057
Website: Inverness Field Club

Our varied interests include natural history, geology, archaeology, and local history.

Kyleakin Local History Society
Kyleakin Community Hall
Kyleakin Roundabout
Isle of Skye IV41 8PQ UK
Website: Kyleakin Local History Society

The Kyleakin Local History Society is dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye.

North Kessock & District Local History Society
Bowling Clubhouse
21 Ferry Brae
North Kessock IV1 3YH UK
Telephone: 07757 821373/01463 870889
Website: North Kessock & District Local History Society

North Kessock & District Local History Society was established in 2002. We try to tell the story of our community through monthly meetings, exhibitions, booklets, our website, and a newsletter which is distributed to all our members during the summer break.

Sleat Local History Society (Comunn Eachdraidh Shlèite)
Seòmar Cruinneachaidh
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Sleat IV44 8RQ UK
Website: Sleat Local History Society

Comunn Eachdraidh Shlèite is the local history society dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the parish of Sleat in the Isle of Skye.

South Loch Ness Heritage Group
Stratherrick Hall
Gorthleck, Inverness-shire IV2 6UJ UK
Website: South Loch Ness Heritage Group

The Group was set up in 2003 with the following objectives to research, promote and safeguard the heritage of the South Loch Ness Area and, in particular, to create an archive of the Area, and to collate material for publication, exhibition, and education.

Strathglass Heritage Association
Marydale Hall
Cannich IV4 7LT UK
Website: Strathglass Heritage Association

The aims of the Association shall be to research, record, and preserve all or any aspects of the cultural, natural, archaeological, and architectural heritage of Strathglass, whether, spoken, written or material, and to make such aspects of the heritage of Strathglass known to the public and in particular to the residents of Strathglass, and to encourage public and local interest in the heritage of Strathglass.

Strathnairn Heritage Association
Website: Strathnairn Heritage Association

We are dedicated to researching the history of our strath (a broad mountain valley). We are collecting any material relevant to our area, and hold a small but growing archive of photographs, maps, and copies of written material, published and unpublished, a selection of which we are showing on our website.