Worthington Family History Society

Worthington Family History Society

The Worthington Family History Society is a world wide society researching and publishing information on the lives and genealogies of Worthingtons throughout history.

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.

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 the 17th 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 Society was formed by members at the 2009 Annual General Meeting held at Leesburg, Virginia, USA.

Current Research &
The Future

The 17th Century Project has become a much larger undertaking than originally envisaged. The resulting publication has therefore been divided into two volumes. The first titled Worthington Families of the Seventeenth Century, Volume 1 – Origins in Lancashire, was published in July 2020 and covers the families and descendants from the County of Lancashire, including family in Maryland, USA, known to have originated in Lancashire. The second volume covers other counties in England and Wales (including Cheshire, Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Montgomeryshire) and those who emigrated to Connecticut, USA; work on this is well advanced and publication of this second volume will initially be on the website where members of the Society will have access to a valuable record of Worthington pedigrees.

Once Volume 2 has been completed, other projects will be initiated to include 18th and 19th century Worthington families worldwide.