Image of the month
The photo is of Brookwood Hospital, courtesy of Alison Craze. Alison gave us a talk at our April meeting titled 'Brookwood Hospital - Asylum or Institution', and left us to ponder on the rights and wrongs of these creations of the Victorian age. The hospital opened in 1867 and closed in 1994. A write-up of this talk will be included in our September Journal.

Tip of the month
Reached a brick wall? There are a group who are committed to helping you find out more, if the surname that is giving you trouble is on their list. I speak of course of the Guild of One-name Studies (the GOONS). It's very quick to see if they can help you. From their Home Page just enter the surname you need help on, and you just might find a helping hand. Even if no one has registered the surname you will get an indication of records that they hold for the surname.


Our aims
The Society aims to encourage and assist those involved in the study of family history and genealogy in the western part of the ancient English county of Middlesex. See also our Objectives page.

Using this website
The website contains much information about the Society, and provides general assistance in providing links to other websites of use to family historians. You may explore the site using the menus above, including to use the Sitemap, where you can see all our pages at a glance.

For example under Research and Indexes you will find pages which tell you which members of the Society hold some of our special assets, Parish Registers, Indexes relating to Places, and other General Indexes.

New members
We are always keen to welcome new members. Benefits of membership include attending our monthly meetings at Montague Hall in Hounslow, where you can meet like-minded souls, many of whom have been enjoying this hobby for a long while. You will also receive a copy of our Quarterly Journal. Joining instructions may be found on our How to join the Society page. Attending our meetings is free, and you may come as a guest just to see what goes on, if you wish. Cost of membership is a modest £15 per annum.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 15th June 2016 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Gill Blanchard titled Tracing a House History.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday May 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Unwanted GRO Certificates

Our collection of some 800 unwanted GRO certificates are now offered at their final low price of just £1 each. See Unwanted GRO certificates.


Previous news


Recent updates

23-May-2017

Protestation Returns now includes images of the pages.

20-May-2017

Library page updated.

19-May-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

19-May-2017

Advice Sessions page updated.

4-May-2017

Unwanted GRO certificates now only £1.

4-May-2017

Fairs page updated.

12-April-2017

Subscription Renewals page reworked.


Previous updates


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