The Journal Digitisation Project

In 2015 the Executive Committee decided that putting copy of our journals on the website was a good use of our site, and Joan Scrivener (of West 4 printers and a life member of the Society) was able to assist by providing digital copy of our journals back to 2011. The ongoing project is to continue digitising our journals all the way back to when the Society (and the journal) started in 1987. As of November 2017 all journals back to March 2004 have been digitised.

The process involves obtaining hard copy of the journals to be digitised, and then scanning each page, approximately 160 pages per year, to a suitable folder. That's the easy part. The next stage in the process is to use an OCR program to read each of the scanned pages and turn them into text, and to use the text so created to build a journal that looks as much like the original as is reasonable to achieve. While creating the new journal any pictures need to be separately extracted from the original scanned images, and then get pasted (inserted) into the new copy. So it's long-winded and technical, but at the same time very satisfying to see the new journal being rebuilt without much typing. You get to be a total whiz on the Word for Windows options to fit text into the available space, and you get to browse the content as you go along. You definitely need to do a quick proof-read as you will find dates such as 2017 are likely to have been morphed into ZOl7, and much else besides.

If this is the sort of work you fancy then please contact the Projects Co-ordinator.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 20th February 2020 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Julian Pooley titled Who Do You Think They Were? - Discovering the lives and experiences of our ancestors.

Next Fair

The fairs season for 2019 is over. The next fair we will be attending is in 2020. For more information please see the Fairs page.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 18th January from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These sessions need to be booked. See the Advice page.


Previous news


Recent updates

13-January-2020

A new page titled On Joining the Committee has been added to the Members Area.

9-January-2020

Committee minutes for November 2019 added to Members Area.

2-January-2020

For nostalgia, you can now read online, (and search) all journals back to 1996.

27-December-2019

A new page titled Poor Law Records has been added, and can be accessed from the Research tab.

20-December-2019

New image (and tip) of the month.

15-December-2019

A new page titled Burial Places Index has been added, and can be accessed from the Research tab.

2-December-2019

A page titled WMFHS Data Privacy Policy has been added to the Members Area for references purposes.

29-November-2019

A new page titled Church Index has been added, and can be accessed from the Research tab.

28-November-2019

The Parish Maps page has been extended, and now has 4 maps.


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