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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[edit | edit source]

Lothians Family History Society
c/o Lasswade Centre Library
Eskdale Drive
Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 2LA UK
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[edit | edit source]

Colinton Local History Society
Dreghorn Loan Hall
Colinton EH13 0DE UK
Telephone: 0131 4414915
Website: Colinton Local History Society

The Society encourages and advances the education of the public in the knowledge of local history, particularly as regards Colinton and districts within its historical parish.

Currie and District Local History Society
Gibson Craig Hall
156–158 Lanark Road West
Currie, Edinburgh EH14 5NY UK
Website: Currie and District Local History Society

Currie District History Society was formed by a number of people interested in Currie and district, to provide a focal point for those with a similar interest in the district around us, and as an organisation where information can be gathered, exchanged, stored, and discussed in an atmosphere of friendly co-operation.

Dalkeith History Society
Dalkeith Baptist Church
8 North Wynd
Dalkeith EH22 1JE UK
Website: Dalkeith History Society

Dalkeith History Society’s objectives are to encourage an interest in the history of Dalkeith, through talks, exhibitions, etc., and to carry out research into Dalkeith’s past.

Fala, Soutra & District History and Heritage Society
Fala Village Hall
Fala EH37 5SY UK
Telephone: 01875 320268
Website: Fala, Soutra & District History and Heritage Society

Leith Local History Society
Leith Community Education Centre
12A Newkirkgate
Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6AD UK
Website: Leith Local History Society

While the story of Leith is in part the story of Kings and Queens, Merchants and Mariners, it is more the story of the ‘ordinary’ people who lived in Leith and worked in its docks and industries - often in conditions that we would regard as intolerable nowadays. The history of Leith has something to offer both to people interested in Leith itself and those who are interested in social, maritime, industrial, and transport history.

Morningside Heritage Association
Morningside Parish Church Hall
2 Cluny Gardens
Edinburgh EH10 6BQ UK
Website: Morningside Heritage Association
Website #2: Morningside Heritage Association

We exist to promote the study of the history of the Morningside area of Edinburgh, Scotland. We were founded in 1982. Our ultimate aim is to provide a permanent locus for the preservation and study of information about the heritage of the area of Morningside.

Newhaven Community History Group
Newhaven Parish Church Hall
7 Craighall Rd
Edinburgh EH6 4ND UK
Telephone: 01324 562141
Website: Newhaven Community History Group

The group seeks to advance the knowledge and history of Newhaven and the surrounding area.

The Old Edinburgh Club
Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EL UK
Website: The Old Edinburgh Club
Website #2: The Old Edinburgh Club

The Club is Edinburgh's local history society, concerned with all aspects of the city's history and development. For one hundred years we have encouraged interest in Edinburgh's history through lectures and visits.