West Middlesex Family History Society Journal

The Society publishes a journal four times each year which is distributed to all members. This contains a mix of articles written by members about their family history research in the area, on record sources and research methods, and on aspects of local history in West Middlesex. It also includes details of Society meetings, projects and services, and local and national family history news. A Help! section for those seeking assistance and surname interests of new members are also regular features. It is recognised that the Journal is the main link with the Society for many members who live outside the West Middlesex area and every effort is made to keep them abreast of local news and society information.

We were delighted when the high standard of our journal was recognised by the Federation of Family History Societies and judged Winner in the Small Societies category of the Elizabeth Simpson Award in 2009. This award is given for the journal making the best contribution to family history. This success was followed up with more when the journal was awarded the overall prize for Best Journal in 2010. The photograph shows our editor, Bridget Purr, receiving the award from Lady Teviot.

Editor Bridget Purr, receiving the Elizabeth Simpson Award from Lady Teviot

Articles showing different angles of research into family or local history, views on national and international family history matters and aspects of members' own family research are always needed for the Journal. These do not necessarily have to be long or complete articles. Contributions are always welcome and should be submitted to the Editor by post or email (see Contacts). Please note that the deadlines for receipt of materials for possible inclusion in the quarterly issues of the Journal are 7 January, 7 April, 7 July and 7 October.

Back-copies of the Journal may be accessed at any of the six copyright libraries in the UK (The British Library, The Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, The National Library of Scotland, The National Library of Wales, The Library of Trinity College Dublin), at any of the libraries that subscribe as corporate members, or at the Society of Genealogists Library.

Complete copies of the more recent Journals (from 2011), but excluding the last 4 issues, are now also available using the links provided below. These links also provide brief abstracts of the major articles right back to the beginning, and from 1995 onwards contain the annual index to the articles.

We also participate in an Exchange Journal Programme with other Family History Societies. See the Exchange Journal Programme page if you are interested to exchange your journal with us. See the Members Area if you are a member and would like to see journals from our participating societies.

Volume 1 (1978-1980) Volume 2 (1980-81) Volume 3 (1982-83) Volume 4 (1983-84)
Volume 5 (1984-85) Volume 6 (1986-87) Volume 7 (1988-89) Volume 8 (1990)
Volume 9 (1991) Volume 10 (1992) Volume 11 (1993) Volume 12 (1994)
Volume 13 (1995) Volume 14 (1996) Volume 15 (1997) Volume 16 (1998)
Volume 17 (1999) Volume 18 (2000) Volume 19 (2001) Volume 20 (2002)
Volume 21 (2003) Volume 22 (2004) Volume 23 (2005) Volume 24 (2006)
Volume 25 (2007) Volume 26 (2008) Volume 27 (2009) Volume 28 (2010)
Volume 29 (2011) Volume 30 (2012) Volume 31 (2013) Volume 32 (2014)
Volume 33 (2015) Volume 34 (2016)


Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 16th June 2016 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.00 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Antonia Davis titled Putting on the Ritz - Fashion in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Hounslow clinics

Providing support to existing and prospective members to research their family history is at the core of what our Society aims to do. We hope very much that the clinics starting 6th June at Hounslow Library will generate enough interest to become a permanent part of our programme. Please support this initiative if you are able.


Recent updates

25-May-2016

BMD Certificates now included in the Summary Search.

21-May-2016

Rework of Members Area.

21-May-2016

New pages added for Journal Exchange Programme.

20-May-2016

New page added for Hounslow Library Clinics.

20-May-2016

New image (and tip) of the month.

16-May-2016

Fairs and Open Days page updated.

13-May-2016

Indexed War Memorials (21,700 names) are added to Members Area.

21-Apr-2016

Memorial Inscriptions for Holy Trinity, Hounslow added.

20-Apr-2016

Map and Family sections added to Library Catalogue.


For the full list of updates please follow this link


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