Links to Societies and Organisations

The first set of links on this page provides directions to family history societies that also have interests covering parts of the metropolitan area or bordering on the West Middlesex area. If you are not sure which society covers a particular place, please consult our Gazetteer for help. Additional links relate to local history and other societies that are active within the West Middlesex area and to national organisations and societies relating to family history.

Family History Societies

  • London Westminster and Middlesex FHS Covers the City of London, the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow and Islington, together with parts of Ealing and Hillingdon. This society was formed in 2004 from the merger of the London and North Middlesex Family History Society and the Westminster & Central Middlesex Family History Society.
  • Hillingdon Family History Society Covers the nine ancient Middlesex parishes that now comprise the London Borough of Hillingdon: Cowley, Harefield, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Hayes, Hillingdon, Ickenham, Ruislip and West Drayton
  • East of London Family History Society Covers the area of Greater London north of the River Thames extending from the edge of the City of London at Bishopsgate and Aldgate, eastwards through the London Boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, to the edge of Metropolitan Essex at Havering.
  • East Surrey Family History Society Covers that part of the ancient county of Surrey lying to the east of a line drawn from the river at Thames Ditton south to Dorking, including the metropolitan areas of Southwark, Lambeth, Rotherhithe, Wandsworth, etc.
  • West Surrey Family History Society Covers all the western part of the ancient country of Surrey, but has records and publications for a much wider area of Surrey and Middlesex.
  • North West Kent Family History Society Covers South East London and western Kent, extending north to the River Thames and west to the original Kent/Surrey boundary and including the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Bexley, Lewisham and Bromley.
  • Berkshire Family History Society Covers the whole of the ancient English county of Berkshire.
  • Buckinghamshire Family History Society Covers the whole of the ancient English county of Buckinghamshire.

Local History Societies

Other London and Middlesex Societies


  • Federation of Family History Societies The Federation represents over 220 family history societies and genealogical organisations world-wide. The site includes current contacts for the member societies as well as regular updates on family history news.
  • Society of Genealogists The Society's library in London holds the largest collection of parish register copies in the country as well as numerous genealogies, local histories, poll books and directories etc. The site includes a searchable library catalogue as well as details of lectures, courses, projects and family history news.
  • Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies The Institute offers courses in genealogy, heraldry and related subjects, including those leading to professional qualifications in the subject.
  • Guild of One-Name Studies The principal UK-based organisation for one-name studies.
  • Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives An organisation aiming to promote and maintain high standards of professional conduct and expertise within genealogy, heraldry and record searching. Includes contact lists of members who offer research services.

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 15 October 2015 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.00 pm. This meeting will start as the Extraordinary General Meeting which has been called to approve wind up of the Society.  The meeting will then continue with a talk by Kirsty Gray titled Tracing the History of a Community.

The Society needs your help

The Society is currently running without either Chairman or Secretary, and with a committee of just 4. If you are willing and able to join the committee, or even fill one of these vacant positions please use 'Contact us' and make yourself known to the (acting) chairman.


The Society would like to run a Facebook page, and is looking for a volunteer to do this. If you are willing and able to help do this please use 'Contact us' and make yourself known to the (acting) chairman, or webmaster.

Recent updates


Future meetings updated with Jan-Mar 1916 meetings.


Six birth/marriage/death certificates added to the database.


Announcement of Extraordinary General Meeting(15-Oct-2015) added.


Chairman/Secretary and Facebook news items added.


Contacts page updated.


Research-Indexes-General page updated.

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