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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 (BMSGH)
5 Sanderling Court
Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 4TS UK
Telephone: 01562 743912
Email: gensec@bmsgh.org
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."
BMSGH has been restyled as Midland Ancestors. The new name reflects the changing needs in the family history market and is part of a wide-ranging revamp to create a family history society for the 21st century.

Wesley Historical Society - West Midlands Methodist History Society
Telephone: 0121 749 2986
Email: westmidlands@wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk
Website: Wesley Historical Society - West Midlands Methodist History Society

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. To study and promote the history of all branches of Methodist history in the West Midlands area. Area: The Birmingham and Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist Districts.

Warwickshire Societies[edit | edit source]

Acocks Green History Society
Acocks Green Library
Shirley Rd
Birmingham, Warwickshire B27 7XH UK
Email: aghistsoc@hotmail.com
Website: Acocks Green History Society

Acocks Green History Society has made available substantial amounts of information on the history of Acocks Green and resources for the study of the history of Yardley.

Alcester & District Local History Society
Sixth Form Centre
St. Benedict's Roman Catholic High School
Kinwarton Road
Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PX UK
Email: editor@alcesterhistory.org.uk
Website: Alcester & District Local History Society

The Society explores the local history of Alcester and the surrounding villages, to encourage research, recording and publication for future generations.

Aston Cantlow and District Local History Society
Guild Room
Aston Cantlow Village Hall
Bearley Road
Aston Cantlow
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 6HZ UK
Telephone: 01789 268618
Email: alanbailey17@googlemail.com
Website: Aston Cantlow and District Local History Society
Website #2: Aston Cantlow and District Local History Society

The Society was formed in 1994 and covers the area of the Parish of Aston Cantlow, including the villages of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote, together with the hamlets of Little Alne, Newnham, and Shelfield. The main object is the promotion of interest in community, local, and general history, through talks, meetings, outings, and by participating in history-based events.

Bidford and District History Society
Church Hall
Church Street
Opposite St Laurence Church
Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire B50 4DA UK
Telephone: 01789 763253
Email: johnahead@aol.com
Website: Bidford and District History Society

Our Society was formed in 2006 for enjoyment by those who take an interest in the history of South Warwickshire and beyond.

Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society
Birmingham Midland Institute
9 Margaret St
Birmingham, Warwickshire B3 3BS UK
Email: membership@bwas-online.co.uk
Website: Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society

The Society was founded in 1870 and our first inaugural lecture was held on November 10th of that year. Since the outset, the Society has been affiliated to the Birmingham and Midland Institute. It later became the Birmingham Archaeological Society but with the publication of its centenary volume No. 84 (1967-70) it became known as the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society (BWAS). The Society aims to support and raise the profile of the region's archaeological heritage, providing a monthly lecture series, annual transactions and many other benefits to members.

Brandon Bretford & Wolston History Group
Brandon Club
Main St
Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 3HW UK
Telephone: 02476 543404
Email: chairperson@bbw-history-group.co.uk
Website: Brandon Bretford & Wolston History Group

We research and document the history of people and places of interest in the three villages. We aim to provide new opportunities for local people to celebrate and enjoy their local heritage and encourage pride in the areas in which we live.

Compton & District Historical Society
Telephone: 01608 684553
Email: janettreadaway@aol.com
Website: Compton & District Historical Society

To increase the understanding and knowledge of the history of Long Compton and vicinity.

​Coventry and District Archaeological Society
Friends Meeting House
25 Hill Street
Coventry, Warwickshire CV1 4AN UK
Telephone: 024 7641 8290
Email: covarchweb@yahoo.co.uk
Website: ​Coventry and District Archaeological Society

CADAS has always provided a "training ground" for budding archaeologists. It continues to promote the archaeology of the Coventry and district, attending local festivals and Heritage weekends in order to nurture interest in the historical environment.

Coventry Family History Society
12 Knoll Drive
Styvechale, Coventry, West Midlands CV3 5BT UK
Telephone: 024 7667 3300
Email: enquiries@covfhs.org
Website: Coventry Family History Society

The Society was formed in 1994 to fulfill a growing need and to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy, and local history in relation to the City of Coventry and its environs.

Handsworth Historical Society
Handsworth Old Town Hall
20 Slack Lane
Birmingham B20 2JL UK
Telephone: 0121 554 6762
Email: secretary@handsworth-historical-society.co.uk
Website: Handsworth Historical Society

Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society (KHAS)
The Senior Citizens’ Club
89 Abbey End North
Kenilworth, Herefordshire CV8 1QJ UK
Email: khas.secretary@gmail.com
Website: Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society (KHAS)

The objective of the society is the promotion of members’ and public interest in their heritage by discovering, recording, publishing, or by any other means, the history and archaeology of the Kenilworth area in the county of Warwickshire, England.

Kingsbury History Society
Kingsbury Methodist Church
11 Barlow Ct
Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2HB UK
Email: carole.haines92@btinternet.com
Website: Kingsbury History Society

Kingsbury History Society was formed in January 1983, by a group of local history enthusiasts, to research and record the history of Kingsbury and its environments.

Knowle Local History Society
Knowle Guild House
1711 High St
Solihull, West Midlands B93 0LN UK
Telephone: 01564 775887
Email: knowlehistory@yahoo.co.uk
Website: Knowle Local History Society

Established to promote the study of the history of Knowle and to provide a service for the benefit of the residents of the village and the wider public.

Lapworth Local History Group
Lapworth Village Hall
Old Warwick Rd
Solihull, Warwickshire B94 6LD UK
Telephone: 01564 782124
Email: lindacous@gmail.com
Website: Lapworth Local History Group

The Lapworth Local History Group was founded in 1965 aiming to foster and encourage learning about history with a focus on local issues, especially in Warwickshire and the Midlands of England.

Leamington History Group
Dormer Conference Centre
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5AA UK
Telephone: 01926 424659
Website: Leamington History Group

Welcome to the home of Leamington Local History Group, and your online resource for exploring the history of Royal Leamington Spa, one of England's most attractive and historic Regency towns.

Lillington Local History Society
Lillington Free Church Hall
Cubbington Road
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 7AL UK
Telephone: 01926 426942
Email: secretary@lillingtonhistory.org
Website: Lillington Local History Society

Some of the objects of the Society are to promote and foster the study of Historical subjects by meeting socially for discussions, talks, and visits; to promote and foster the distribution of local history material and publications for the benefit of our members and the local community; and to encourage research into local history and to promote and foster the publication of any such findings.

Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society
Baptist Church Hall
The Green
Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 4JZ UK
Telephone: 024 76 381090
Email: nuneatonian2000@aol.com
Website: Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society

We welcome all levels of interest. If you are starting out, we can set you on the right path and show you how and where to access the records you need. If you are stuck, we can show you where to go next. We can also help you to find other people who share your surname interests. We cannot help you to find living relatives but we do understand that you may wish to find long-lost cousins.
We have Family History help desks at Arley, Atherstone Library, Colesville Library, Hartshill Community Library, Nuneaton Library, and an E-Help Desk.

Quinton Local History Society
Quinton Methodist Church Hall
Ridgeway Avenue
Halesowen, West Midlands B62 9AU UK
Telephone: 0121 422 1792
Email: qlhs@bjt.me.uk
Website: Quinton Local History Society

Quinton Local History Society is a vibrant historical society that takes an interest in matters historical, environmental, and conservationist importance, acting where necessary.

Rowington Parish Records Group
The Limes
Mill Lane
Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 7AE UK
Email: jean@pittsfarm.freeserve.co.uk
Website: Rowington Parish Records Group

Rowington Parish Records group was formed in 2003 with the aim of collecting photographs and documents about the parish of Rowington, which might otherwise have been destroyed, and mounting them in an exhibition for the benefit of parishioners. Since then over 1000 photographs and documents have been collected and work continues.

Rugby Family History Group
Percival Guildhouse
Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 6EG UK
Email: timweedon@clara.co.uk
Website: Rugby Family History Group

Our aim is to encourage and aid the study of Family History which extends to conducting research relating to Rugby & surrounding areas for Members resident outside the district. A comprehensive programme is arranged each year which includes a varied range of talks held monthly, interspersed with group visits to research establishments, social occasions and regular computer and project evenings.

Solihull Archaeological Group
John Palmer Hall
Union Road
Solihull, Warwickshire B91 3DG UK
Telephone: 0121 783 8517
Email: malcolm@mpheasey.fsnet.co.uk
Website: Solihull Archaeological Group

The Group's talks cover a wide range of subjects of general of local archaeological interest and general or local history.

Stretton on Dunsmore History Society
Stretton Village Hall
14 Church Hill
Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire CV23 9NA UK
Telephone: 024 7654 2703
Email: enquiries@stretton-on-dunsmore-history.org.uk
Website: Stretton on Dunsmore History Society

The Society aims to promote and encourage interest in the local history of Stretton on Dunsmore and of history and archaeology in general.

Sydenham History Group
SYDNI Centre
Cottage Square (Off Marloes Walk)
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1PT UK
Telephone: 01926 330711/01926 771988
Website: Sydenham History Group

The Group was set up to research the history of Sydenham, a 1960’s/ 70’s residential and industrial development on the south-east of Leamington Spa.

Warmington Heritage Group
Primrose Hill Barn
Arlescote, Warwckshire OX17 1DQ UK
Website: Warmington Heritage Group

Our group was set up in 1997 to record and publish our research into the local heritage and oral history of the village and surrounding area. Since the discovery of a Roman site in ploughland adjacent to the main settlement in 2007, Warmington Heritage Group has broadened its interests into archaeology.

Warwickshire Family History Society
31 Beaconsfield Road
Coventry, Warwickshire CV2 4AS UK
Email: chariman@wfhs.org.uk
Website: Warwickshire Family History Society

We provide a free help service for you. This is dedicated to assist research in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Local History Society
Friends Meeting House
39 High Street
Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4AX UK
Telephone: 01926 842178
Email: secretary@warwickshirehistory.org.uk
Website: Warwickshire Local History Society

The Society exists to promote the advancement of public education in local history in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Pyne Room
Warwick School
Myton Road
Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 6PP UK
Telephone: 02476 398940
Email: colin@colinjbrookes.co.uk
Website: Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society

The Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society (WIAS) was formed in 1989 with the aim of promoting the study, recording and preservation of the industrial archaeology of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. The Society is affiliated to the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA). The main activity of the Society is the regular monthly meeting, with talks by visiting speakers, although additional visits to sites within Warwickshire and beyond are arranged on an occasional basis.

Welford and Weston Local History Society
Memorial Hall
High Street
Welford on Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8EF UK
Telephone: 01789 750716
Email: wwlhs1969@gmail.com
Website: Welford and Weston Local History Society

Our objectives are to investigate, discuss, acquire and share knowledge of the history of the two villages, and matters relevant to that history.

Wolvey Local History Group
Wolvey Bowling Club
Coventry Rd
Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3LD UK
Telephone: 01455 220820
Email: mail@wolvey-history.org.uk
Website: Wolvey Local History Group

The Wolvey Local History Group serves five Warwickshire parishes – Burton Hastings, Copston Magna, Stretton Baskerville, Withybrook, and Wolvey. Each has prehistoric origins. The parishes are bounded on the north and east by the Roman roads Watling Street and the Fosse Way.