West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 34 (2016)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2016. You may select an article and go straight to the right page in the journal, or use the links below to browse the journal from its cover.

If you are looking for specific surnames in articles you should use the facilities provided at the Journal Search page, but for place names or talks given by guest speakers you may find the Journal Index for 2016 helpful.

Heathrow - the lost hamlet - Philip Sherwood
The article is a modified version of Chapter 6 of the author's book - '2000 Years of History', and describes how the development of Heathrow airport in 1944 impacted the environment.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 6-11 (March 2016)

The elusive William John Hills - Joan Scrivener
Joan tells of how she received a letter from an unknown second cousin, seeking information on the Hills family, and the revelations that followed.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 12-15 (March 2016)

Sod or soddies - Joan Scrivenor
Joan provides an illustration and description of a 'soddy'; basically a house made of grass.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 16 (March 2016)

Recent developments on our website - Roland Bostock
Roland, who is webmaster for the Society, provides an update to recent developments, particularly including the new pages to look up members and their Surname Interests.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 17-19 (March 2016)

She was a very difficult woman - Bridget Purr
Bridget explores the life of her great grandmother Elizabeth Woolfoot in an effort to discover why she had the reputation for being a very difficult woman.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 20-22 (March 2016)

London's Lord Mayors, 800 Years of Shaping The City, by Emma Hatfield; and The America Ground by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 23 (March 2016)

London Metropolitan Archives; Liddiard (and variations) Family Gathering; London Transport Museum; Assisted Passengers CD; Marriage Certificates; Kingston-upon-Thames Archives; Brookwood Military Cemetery memorial.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 24-25 (March 2016)

Monthly Talks - Kirsty Gray, Yvonne Masson, Bridget Purr
Notes on the talks given at two recent meetings, and the Christmas Party: Kirsty Gray on Tracing the History of a Community (October); Chris Hern on Sabotage, Security and Sheer Stupidity (November); Christmas Party = Quiz night (December).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 26-31 (March 2016)

England jurisdiction maps - Francis Howcutt
Francis describes the interactive map facilities available at the FamilySearch Centre at The National Archives, Kew.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(1) 34 (March 2016)

Joseph and Annie Passmore - An enigma - Margaret Watson
Margaret makes contact with second cousin John Penn, and is soon trying to find out why his grandmother Annie was brought up by her uncle and aunt rather than her parents, Joseph and Annie Passmore.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 4-8 (June 2016)

Website developments - The Members Area - Roland Bostock
Webmaster Roland provides the background to the setting up of the Members Area on our website, and provides general guidance on what is to be found there.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 9-11 (June 2016)

Whitton - Bridget Purr
Journal editor Bridget outlines a short history of Whitton, mentioning some of its best-known residents, and with plenty of illustrations.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 12-15 (June 2016)

Henry Bennet, the Earl of (H)arlington - Philip Sherwood
Philip goes back to the 17th century to give us an account of the life of Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, now known as Harlington, of course.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 16-17 (June 2016)

The Annual General Meeting
Reports and the Accounts from the AGM held on 17th March 2016.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 18-25 (June 2016)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson, Judy & Chris Rouse, Muriel Sprott
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Caroline Walker on MacDonald Gill - Maps, Memorials and Murals (January); Judy and Chris Rouse on Murder and Mayhem on the Midland (February); Andrea Cameron on Osterley House and its Families (March).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 26-33 (June 2016)

Conscription Exemption Appeals Finding Aid launched; FreeBMD, FreeCen and FreeReg; TreeView; Copies of registration certificates; David Hey.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(2) 34-35 (June 2016)

More on Joseph and Annie Passmore - Margaret Watson
Margaret continues her research into the Passmore family.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3) 4-7 (September 2016)

The lost gravestones of Holy Trinity, Hounslow - Roland Bostock
Roland follows up on a discovery of Hounslow graves which had been relocated to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3) 8-11 (September 2016)

A criminal ancestor - Aoife O'Connor
Aiofe is a PhD student, and would like you to participate in his online survey if you have ancestors convicted in the courts, whatever the offence.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3) 12 (September 2016)

1939 Register - Muriel Sprott
Muriel pases on useful information concerning the 1939 Register, as heard at a talk my Myko Clelland of Find My Past earlier this year.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3)13 (September 2016)

The Battle of Jutland; Britains Surving Vessels Centenary Project; Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS); New TV Series: Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Letters of our Lives; FFHS Book Review Club.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3) 14-15 (September 2016)

Mary Bickle 1926-2016 - Mary Brown
In memory of Mary Bickle, long standing member of our Society.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3)16 (September 2016)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Toni Davis on A History of Education (April); Kathy Chater on Film Archives for the Family Historian (May); Carol Harris on Putting on the Ritz (June).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3) 18-27 (September 2016)

Honorary Membership of the Society by Kirsty Gray; Full of Life Fair at Twickenham by Roland Bostock; Winter Sale of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates; Letters to the Society from Margaret Watson, Jack Morath and Sarah Reay; Notice of the AGM.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4)3-5 (December 2016)

The Short Life and Long Death of John Shaw - Susan Coleman
Susan describes her findings on the life and death of her 3x great grandfather, who died from gangrene at the age of 23.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 6-9 (December 2016)

Isleworth 390: Researching the names on the Isleworth War memorial - Mary Marshall
Mary describes work by the Isleworth 390 group, a group committed to finding out more about the lives behind the 390 names on the Isleworth War Memorial.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 10-13 (December 2016)

How accurate are War Memorials? - Ann Greene
Ann provides insight into the challenges that lay before councils in their desire to erect accurate War Memorials, taking all things into account.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 13-15 (December 2016)

Wyatt Road Infant School, Staines - Logbook - Muriel Sprott
Muriel shares with us what is contained in the pages of Wyatt Road Infant School - Logbook, acquired by our library in July 2015. It's mostly about the school's troubles combatting illnesses of all sorts, and inclement weather, and not an easy read.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 16-19 (December 2016)

Peterborough and the Great War - Dorothy Habron
Dorothy describes a project by Peterborough & District FHS to digitise the 1916 and 1917 guest books from a coffee and tea wagon sited at Peterborough railway station.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 20 (December 2016)

West Middlesex Family Hstory Society hits Social Media
A reminder that since October 2016 we have been running a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 21 (December 2016)

Recent developments on our Website - Roland Bostock
Webmaster Roland describes some of the new functionality he has added to our website during the last six months - most of the changes are in the Members Area.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 22-23 (December 2016)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson and Bridget Purr
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: July was Member's Evening themed on 'Health' with contributions from Alison Blundell, Yvonne Masson, Paul Kershaw, Ann Greene, and Kirsty Gray; Questor's Theatre performed 'Down Our High Street, the Reminiscence Road Show' in August; and Peter Hounsell talked on Otto and the Margarine Factory in August.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(3) 24-27 (September 2016)

Bookshelf - Muriel Sprott
Muriel reviews: Researching Adoption by Karen Bali, and Dating Old Photographs by Robert Pols.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 34(4) 28-29 (December 2016)

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