About Us

Our aims and objectives

To foster and encourage research in the genealogies of families bearing the surname Worthington throughout the world.

To undertake research and record biographical, geographical and social information relating to members of the Worthington families and closely related people, initially covering the time period 1400-1730 and then more recent generations.

To publish the results of such research.

To maintain a library and archives of relevant material for the benefit of members.

Whilst the Society at present is unable to undertake research for third parties, we encourage inquiries and accept any Worthington Family history information that can be shared. Please contact our archivist Dr. Sidney Worthington (email: snowstorm@btinternet.com).

Our history

In 2005 the Worthington 17th Century Project was formed at Wigan, Lancashire, England and the Worthington surname was registered with the Guild of One Name Studies, London. The aim of the17th Century Project is to research and publish a book on Worthington families in the 17th Century worldwide.

The DNA Project commenced following the 2008 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dover, Kent, England.

During the fourth year members of the 17th Century Project decided to form a society with broader objectives and The Worthington Family History was formed by members at the 2009 Annual General Meeting held at Leesburg, Virginia, USA.

The Future

The 17th Century Project has become a much larger undertaking than originally envisaged. The resulting publication will be divided into two volumes. The first, titled Worthingtons of the 17th Century, Volume 1 - Lancashire, which is nearing completion, will cover the families and descendants from the county of Lancashire. The second will cover other counties in England and Wales (including Cheshire, Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Montgomeryshire) and those who migrated to Connecticut, USA. Once Volume 2 has been completed other projects will be initiated to include 18th and 19th century Worthington families.