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 15 January, 15 April, 15 July and 15 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, at the Society of Genealogists Library or through the many other family history societies with which we exchange journals.

Brief abstracts of the major articles are also available via the links in the table below. An index to journals of the previous year is distributed with the March issue. The pages for volumes 16 onwards include copies of these indexes, available for downloading.

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)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 19 November 2015 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.00 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Chris Hern titled Sabotage, Security and Sheer Stupidity.


As of 24th October the HOT news is that chairman elect Kirsty Gray has just set up our new Facebook page Click here. It starts with just a few images, but if you are familiar with Facebook do please start contributing. It's OUR Facebook.

New Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and committee members in place

See our Contacts page for further detail. At the committee meeting held on 4th November, Kirsty Gray was elected to the role of Chairman, Brian Page to Vice-Chairman, and Roland Bostock to Secretary; also Pat Candler, Kay Dudman, Ann Greene, Yvonne Masson and Joan Scrivener were co-opted to join the committee, which is now at full strength with 12 members.

Recent updates


Indexes for 2012, 2013, and 2104 Journals now added.


New Members and Surname Interests pages added.


Our new Home Page is introduced.


Facebook and Twitter icons added.


Dorset FHS Family History Day added to Fairs.


Several changes to Contacts page with enlarged committee.

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