Wigtownshire Societies

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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]

Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society
Blue Room
New Bridge Street
Ayr KA7 1JX UK
Email: info@aanhs.org.uk
Website: Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society

The Society's principal aim is to promote interest in archaeology, history, and natural history with particular reference to Ayrshire. The Society was for the counties of Ayr and Wigtown. This was the inception of the Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Archaeological Association. In 1885 the title of the society was changed to the Ayrshire and Galloway Archaeological Association to extend its scope to Kirkcudbright. This Association was wound up in 1897 at the 14th general meeting.

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society
9 Glasgow St
Dumfries DG2 9AF UK
Telephone: 1387 248093
Email: secretary@dgfhs.org.uk
Website: Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society covers the three counties of South West Scotland – Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, and Wigtownshire. Our aim is to promote the study of family history and is run by volunteers. We do not contract to do research for others, we simply act as facilitators for researchers visiting our area who are doing their own research.

Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society
Castle Douglas Parish Church Hall
Queen St
Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire DG7 1EG UK
Telephone: 01387 710274
Email: john.l.l.williams@btinternet.com
Website: Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society

The objects of the Society shall be to collect and publish the best information on the natural sciences and antiquities (including history, records, genealogy, customs, and heraldry) of the three counties of Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, and Wigtown; to procure the preservation of objects of natural science and antiquities relative to the district; to encourage local research and field activities in natural science and excavations by private individuals or public bodies and afford them suggestions and co-operation; to prevent, as far as possible, any injury to ancient monuments and records, etc.; and to collect photographs, drawings and descriptions, and transcripts of the same.

Galloway Preservation Society
Penninghame Parish Hall
1 Church St
Newton Stewart DG8 6ER UK
Telephone: 01644 450621
E-mail: deshadnett@btinternet.com
Website: Galloway Preservation Society

The Society was set up in January 1964 and, since then has had the general objective of stimulating interest in and preserving the beauty, history, and character of Galloway. This encompasses both natural and man-made features. The Society covers Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire.

Local Society[edit | edit source]

Wigtownshire Antiquarian and Natural History Society
Stranraer Library Lecture Theatre
North Strand Street
Stranraer UK
Telephone: 01776 860214
Email: wigtownshireantiquarian@gmail.com
Website: Wigtownshire Antiquarian and Natural History Society

To encourage the study of antiquarian and natural history subjects in general and Wigtownshire in particular.