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CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Cambridgeshire Genealogy - Societies


BarnwellBottishamBrewery History Society
BurwellCambridgeshire Family History SocietyCambridgeshire Local History Society
Cambridgeshire Records SocietyCherry HintonChesterton
CottenhamDuxfordFen Ditton
Fenland Family History SocietyFulbournGreat Wilbraham
HistonImpingtonIsleham
LintonLittle WilbrahamLittleport
MarchOrwellSawston
Swaffham BulbeckSwaffham PriorStow-cum-Quy
SwaveseyThorneyWaterbeach
West WickhamWhittlesey 


Barnwell and Fen Ditton Local History Society

Meets at 7.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at the Abbey Meadows School, Galfrid Road, Cambridge. Large free car park. Reasonable entrance fee for non-members. Refreshments (usually home made cakes and/or biscuits) available at a small charge.

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Burwell History Society

Chairman: Mrs S A Briggs, 8 Mandeville, Burwell, Cambridge, CB25 0AG.
Tel: 01638 741882
Secretary:Sylvia McKinley.
Tel: 01638 742647

Meets at 7.30pm on Burwell Village College, Small Hall.

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Brewery History Society

Recorder for Cambridgeshire & Isle of Ely - Cambridgeshire Secretary: Bob Flood,
21 Thoday's Close,
Willingham
Cambridgeshire
Tel: 01954 260720

Contact the secretary
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Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Chairman: Don Wenham, 56 The Boundary, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK6 2HT
Email: chairman[at]cfhs.org[dot]uk
Secretary: David Wratten, 43 Eachard Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HZ
Email: secretary[at]cfhs.org[dot]uk
Membership Secretary: Don Wenham, 56 The Boundary, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK6 2HT
Email: membership[at]cfhs.org[dot]uk

The Society exists to encourage the study of family history within the old counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. It not only provides a friendly point of contact for people world-wide who are interested in the same surnames and families, but also offers a wide range of facilities to support their researches into genealogy and the local area.

The Society was founded in 1976 and it now has about 1,500 members, mainly in the UK but also in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

CFHS is a Registered Charity and a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

The Society organises monthly meetings in Cambridge, through the Programme Orgainser, on a wide variety of topics, which are designed to appeal to beginner and specialist alike. These also provide the opportunity for members to chat to fellow enthusiasts, browse through the latest additions to the Society Library and purchase books from the Society Bookstall. Reports of meetings are published in the Journal for those unable to attend.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at St John's Church Hall, Blinco Grove, off Hills Road, Cambridge at 7.30pm. Visitors Welcome.

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Cambridgeshire Local History Society

The Society was founded in 1951 as the Cambridgeshire Local History Council. The name was changed in 1983. The object of the Society is to encourage the study of local history. Monthly meetings are held in Cambridge, from October to March and an AGM in May. The lecture programmes cover a wide range of subjects. In the summer months excursions and visits to places of historic interest are arranged.

Since its earliest days the Society published a regular Bulletin , which included articles on a wide range of Cambridgeshire topics, interesting people, historic buildings and village histories. Members are encouraged to transcribe records and carry out research on their own or with others and to make the results available through the Review or elsewhere. In 1987 a Collectors Group was set up to encourage young people in particular and to interest those who collect unusual items not covered by other societies. Festivals of Local History are organised.

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Cambridgeshire Records Society

President: C Parish
Chairman: A Baggs
Secretary: R F Horrox, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, CR3 0DG.
General Editor: P Searby

The Society was founded in 1972 to publish documentary sources relating to the history of Cambridgeshire and neighbouring areas. Membership is open to all interested individuals and to, libraries, schools and othe rinstitutions. Members receive one free copy of each volume on publication and may buy previous volumes at a special price of approximately one thiord below retail price. A list of publications and a membership application form is available from the Secretary.

In 1998 the Society published two volumes: Baker's map of Cambridge and an edition of the Cambridgeshire Hearth Tax Returns for 1664. The latter includes an extensive introduction by its editor, Nesta Evans, and is recognised as an invaluable source for family historians. The publications during 1999 include the third volume of Romilly's Cambridge diaries. The Society's publications may be ordered through bookshops or purchased from the County Record Office, Shire Hall.

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Chesterton Local History Group

Contact:Derek Stubbings, 12 Moore Close, Cambridge, CB4 1ZP
Tel: 01223 424160

Meetings on the (usually) third Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Music Room of St Andrew's Junior Community School, Nuffield Road, Chesterton, Cambridge. Ample parking on the school playground, Community office Tel no. 01223 508146 (answerphone)

Current subscription rates: Individuals £5.00pa. Joint £8.00pa.

Visitors are welcome at £1.00 per evening.

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Cherry Hinton Local History Society

Secretary: No contact information available.

Contact the Secretary for more details.

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Cottenham Village Society

President: Mr Mac Dowdy
Secretary: Mrs Maire Collins, 52 Lambs Lane, Cottenham, Cambs CB4 8TA
email: mmcollins7[at]tiscali.co[dot]uk
Treasurer: Miss R A Wright

Contact the Secretary for more details.

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Duxford History Group

Contact:Jim Longstaff, 8b St Johns Street, Duxford, Cambridge, CB2 4RA
Tel: 01223 832000

Meetings will be at Duxford School Community Room at 7.30-9.30pm.

Fees £16.00 in adavance or £1.50 per session.

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Fenland Family History Society

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Chairman & Membership Secretary: Mrs Bridget Hunter, Willowcroft, Gorefield Road, Leverington, WISBECH , PE13 5AT
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Secretary: Mr Peter Hunter, Willowcroft, Gorefield Road, Leverington, WISBECH , PE13 5AT
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The Society has been in existence since 1999. Meetings are held in a local meeting room. For more information contact the Hon. Secretary.

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Fulbourn Village History Society

Chairman:Peter Halton
Vice Chairman:Norman Osborne
Hon. Secretary: Glynis Arbar Tel 01223-570887
Hon. Treasurer:Rachel Thompson

The Society has been in existence since 1999. Meetings are held in a local meeting room. For more information contact the Hon. Secretary. Copies of the Fulbourn Chronicles are now again available: 1750-1850, 1851-1900, 1901-1930, 1931-1955, also copies of Highways & Byways of Fulbourn. These can be obtained from: Norman Osborne, Tel 01223-880303.

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Histon & Impington Village Society

Chairman:Alan Eade
Programme Secretary: Ann Whitmore Tel: 01223 232906

The Society meets on the last Tuesday in the month (School Term time) at Impington Village College at 7.30pm.

Membership £5 per year. Visitors £1 per lecture.

Histon & Impington Village Society History Group

Team Leader:Eleanor Whitehead Tel: 01223 234502

Open to Member of the Society. Meetings once a term to examine recent additions to the Socities vast archive; to report back on any local history news and to plan forthcoming publications and exhibitions. The Village History Showcase in Histon Library is changed regularly. The Society has published 18 booklets to date on various topics regarding the history of Histon and Impington. One of the later publications being "Sent by Mail - the story of Histon and Impington's Post" by Stephen Harper Scott . This, and copies of all publications by the Society, are available from Derek Frost, Publications Oficer (01223 2324886) or Histon Library.

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The Isleham Society

The Society is interested in the history and traditions of the village, in its preservation and development. It has a Planning Committee, which liaises with the Parish Council over planning applications. The Society is a charity and is registered with the Civic Trust. The Society arranges several lectures each year on a wide range of subjects but all with special emphasis on local and East Anglian interest. There are three to four outings each year, as well as organised rambles around the village pathways on Saturdays in Summer. A nature reserve is maintained and members assist in planting trees in the village. There are plenty of copies of the book "Memories of Isleham - an English Fenland Village" written by Arthur Houghton. Price £2.00.

Membership is £4.00 per year and guests attending any lecture are asked to pay £1.00.

An illustrated map of the pathways of Isleham, entitled "Beating the Bounds - Isleham" was produced by Roynon Howes, Deirdre Deller and Peggy Diver. A County Council grant enabled a copy to be given to every household. Copies price 50p are available from the Post Office and paper shop or directly from the Society.

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The Littleport Society

President:Miss Eileen Gill
Chairman:Grenville Goodson
Secretary: David Porter, 20a New River Bank, Littleport, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4TA.
Tel: 01353 860354
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The Littleport Society was founded in 1987 and it is the only non-political, non-sectarian organization in Littleport whose membership is open to residents and anybody else who holds an interest in this fenland town. The Society consists of an expanding group of local people who voluntarily work together in the interests of the community in which it lives. The Society now has in excess of 820 members, who live not just in Littleport but in other counties, as well as many in several other countries.

The Society arranges a popular programme of open meetings. These are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Village Hall in Victoria Street, Littleport, when guest speakers come along to give an informative talk, almost invariably with a supportive slide-show. The evenings occasionally include entertainment by local singers and musicians. The Society sometimes arranges coach outings to places of interest within the region.

The Society is a potential treasure trove for genealogists researching their Littleport connections. It holds a large number of various records - maps, census returns, photographs and transcripts of the Parish's Church Registers, to name but a few. The Society also produces books and leaflets about Littleport which can be purchased from them directly. Opposite is the recently reconstructed building known as 'The Barn' adjacent to the Main Street Car Park in Littleport, Cambridgeshire where the Society is now based.

To receive information about joining the Society then please write to (including a stamped addressed envelope): Mr. Bruce Frost, 18 Upton Lane, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 1HF, England.

In return the Society will search it's databases and archives for the names that you are researching, but please remember that this is not a family tree researching business, it is only an archive. They will also accept any information that you may hold on Littleport in the form of a family tree, photographs, cuttings or in GEDCOM file format. You will also receive regular newsletters and an annual report. The Society currently holds in it's databases the following ever growing files:

AMBROSE77ARBER167ARCHER47AUDUS619
BAKER71BANYARD223BARBER2247BARRETT633
BEAMISS101BENTON193BIDWELL440BISHOP59
BROWN44BUTCHER295BYE217CANHAM79
CARMAN280CHAPMAN356CHEESEWR318CHEVILL138
COATES68COCKERTO71COLE72COLLINS139
CONSTABL85COPSEY191COSIER48COUSINS81
COX453CRABB330CROSS324DEACON55
DELPH97DENNIS46DENT158DEWEY439
DOBBS56DOLBY228DYE60EASEY124
EDWARDS364ELLINGHA852FLANDERS64FRANCIS803
FYSON52GALTRIP43GILBERT157GINN987
GIPP34GOOBY191GOODGE626GOTHARD144
GOTOBED473GREEN107HALL155HANDLEY643
HARLEY733HARRIS29HARWOOD460HODSON60
HULL35IRONS230JORDAN512JUGG212
KEMP126KERRIDGE301LAW85LAWS217
LEE151LITTLE393LLOYD36LOFTS350
LUDDINGT287MALKIN84MARKLEY128MARRIOTT247
MARTIN708MEEKS73MINETT90MODEN19
MURRAY27NEWMAN21NEWTON103NOBLETT57
ORPHANS259PAGET224PALMER100PEACOCK318
PEARSON26PECKETT89PETTIT200PORTER78
PURDY181RAYNER326SABERTON60SALLIS581
SAVAGE144SCOTT46SCOTTING1578SIMPSON68
SINDALL232SIZER2063SPARROW831STEVENS205
STRAWSON194SUCKER166SUMMERLE210SYMS75
TANSLEY43TAYLOR659THOMPSON173TOPPING57
VAIL75Various other2125WADDELOW1654WALKER323
WARD27WARNER137WARREN187WASHINGTON224
WILDING36WILLETT82WILSON131YOUNGS98
TOTAL35483      

The Society's Newsletter editor Ivan Coussell can be emailed here.

Publications include 'An Archive Photograph Book of Littleport' containing pver 150 photographs of the village, and this costs £8.99 (£(.70 by post to UK, or £11.50 airmail) and 'Mysterious Littleport' by Deborah Cuirtis at £2.50 (£2.90 by post to UK or £3.70 airmail).

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March & District Museum Society

Chairman: Peter Hewitt
Vice Chairman:Richard Munns
Curator: Edna Stacey, 116 West End, March, PE15 8DH.
Tel: 01354 653231

Meetings are held in St Peter's Church Hall, opposite the Museum, and are open to non-members for £2. All start at 7.30pm and are on Friday eveinings.

Publications include "From Mercheford to March" a short town history and "Archive Photographs of March" published by the Msumeum and taken from its colelction.

The Museum has revised its opening hours to:

Wednesdays10.00am to 12.00noon
Saturdays10.30am to 3.30pm
First Sunday in
August & September
2.30pm to 5.00pm

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Orwell Local History Society

Secretary: Mrs Sue Miller, 55 High STreet, Orwell, Royston, Herts, SG8 5QN.
Tel: 01223 207328
Treasurer:John Holroyd

Meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday evening of each month in the Methodist Church Schoolroom, Town Grren Road. The subscription is £5 per annum. Non-members £1 per meeting.

Work is in progress on the village history book, assisted by funding from Cambridgeshire ACRE and the local Parish Council.

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Sawston Village History Society

Chairman: Joan Paine
Secretary: Heather Bowcher, 15 Ashley Way, Sawston, Cambs, CB2 4DY.
Tel: 01223 514027
Publicity: Bruce Milner

The Society meets in the Chapelfield Community Centre in Link Road, Sawston, which is next to the Health Centre. The metings are normally held every third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

The Society also has a "museum" which opens every second Saturday of the month from 2.00-4.00pm at the Sawston Parish Council Office, 57 High Street.

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Staine Hundred Local History Society

Chairman: Robert Hill
Secretary: Maureen Rogers, 95 High Street, Bottisham, Cambridge, CB5 9BA..
Tel: 01223 812146

The Staine Hundred covers the parishes of Bottisham, Great Wibraham, Little Wilbraham, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior, and Stow-cum-Quy.

The Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Bottisham Village College starting at 7.30pm. Annual subscription is £5.00, visitors are welcome, fee £1.00 per lecture.

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Swavesey District History Society

Chairman: Mary Baker Tel: 01954 231725
Secretary: Valerie Haynes, Cavan House, 26 New Road, Over, Cambridge, CB4 5PJ.

All meetings are held in the Lecture Room at Swavesey Village College at 7.30pm.

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The Thorney Society

Secretary: Dorothy Husband, 144 Wisbech Road, Thorney, Cambs, PE6 0SE.
Tel: 01733 270908
Email:dhusb[at]aol[dot]com.

The Society exists to promote interest in, education about, and good practice in development in the parish of Thorney. There are occasional evening lectures, and speakers provided for other interested groups. The Society hosts tours of the village (including the Abbey, the nineteenth century model agricultural village, and the Museum) by previous arrangement. The Society will also respond to family history enquiries connected with the village.

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Waterbeach Village Society

Chairman: Mr D Benton
Secretary: Mr G Bruce, 7 Lode Avenue, Waterbeach.
Tel: 01223 861632.

The Society meets in the Community College the last Tuseday of the month at 7.45pm.

The Society aims to stimulate interest in and care for the attractiveness, history and character of the village and its surroundings. Suggestions for future activities are always welcome. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

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West Wickham Local History Club

Chairman: Peter Scheuer
Secretary: Janet Morris, 21 High Street, West Wickham, Cambridge, CB1 6RY.
Tel: 01223 290863.

The Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except December) at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Club welcomes new members and visitors to their meetings and enquiries from those tracing their family history.

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Whittlesey Society

Chairman: Mr Ken Mayor Tel: 01733 204944

Interest in conservation and local history. Meetings at Whittlesey Town Hall the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm. Regular speakers.


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