Family history society


A family history society or genealogical society is a
society A society is a group A group is a number A number is a mathematical object used to counting, count, measurement, measure, and nominal number, label. The original examples are the natural numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and so forth. Numbers can be ...

, often
charitable The practice of charity means the Volunteering, voluntary giving of help to those in need, as a Humanitarianism, humanitarian act. There are a number of Philosophy, philosophies about charity, often associated with religion. Effective altruism is th ...
not-for-profit A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known as a non-business entity, not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit institution, is a legal entity organized and operated for a collective, public or social benefit, in contrast with an entity that oper ...
, that allows member
genealogist Genealogy (from el, γενεαλογία ' "study of family trees") is the study of Family, families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records ...
s and family historians to profit from shared knowledge. Large societies often own libraries, sponsor research seminars and foreign trips, and publish journals. Some societies concentrate on a specific niche, such as the family history of a particular geographical area,
ethnicity An ethnic group or ethnicity is a grouping of people who identity (social science), identify with each other on the basis of shared attributes that distinguish them from other groups. Those attributes can include common sets of traditions, ancest ...

nationality Nationality is a legal identification of a person in international law International law, also known as public international law and law of nations, is the set of rules, norms, and standards generally accepted in relations between nations. I ...
, or
religion Religion is a - of designated and practices, , s, s, , , , , or , that relates humanity to , , and elements; however, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion. Different religions may or may not contain v ...

. Lineage societies are societies that limit their membership to descendants of a particular person or group of people of historical importance.

National and international societies

American Society of GenealogistsThe American Society of Genealogists is the scholarly honorary society of the genealogical Genealogy (from el, γενεαλογία ' "the making of a pedigree") is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Genea ...
Federation of Family History Societies The Federation of Family History Societies ("The Federation") is a United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed. The Guardian' and Telegraph' us ...
(FFHS) (UK) * Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (US) *Genealogical and Heraldic Office of Belgium *Guild of One-Name Studies (UK) *National Genealogical Society (NGS) (US) *Society of Genealogists (UK) *Genealogical Society of South Africa

Regional societies


*Australian Jewish Genealogical Society *Queensland Family History Society *Royal Historical Society of Queensland *Society of Australian Genealogists


*New Brunswick Genealogical Society *Ontario Genealogical Society


*Buckinghamshire Family History Society *Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society *Cleveland Family History Society *East Yorkshire Family History Society *East Surrey Family History Society *Essex Society for Family History *Northumberland and Durham Family History Society *Suffolk Family History Society *Sussex Family History Group (covering East and West Sussex) *Upper Dales Family History Group *Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society#The Family History Section, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Family History Section


*Genealogical Society of Ireland *Clans of Ireland


*Borders Family History Society

South Africa

*Genealogical Society of South Africa

United States

*California Genealogical Society and Library *Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania *Genealogical Society of Utah *New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) *New York Genealogical and Biographical Society *Utah Genealogical Association (UGA)

Ethnic societies

* American-French Genealogical Society * International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies * Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

See also

* Family association * List of hereditary and lineage organizations * List of historical societies * List of Mormon family organizations


External links

List of UK and Ireland Family History & Genealogy Societies
Federation of Family History Societies: List of Member Societies

List of UK Family History Societies
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