Library

The Society maintains a considerable library of items collected over our 40 years history. It is mobile in that the books are contained in 7 durable plastic boxes, and the maps are stored in a map carrier. We used to bring the library to all members' meetings, but due mainly to the size (and weight) of the library we no longer do this. The main categories of items in the library are as follows:

  • Transcriptions of local parish records
  • Memorial inscriptions for local churchyards
  • General research material topics such as military records, apprentices, trades and professional directories
  • A collection of maps

All items in the library have been catalogued, and a comprehensive Library Catalogue Search facility is available. If you find any item in the library that you would like to be brought to a members' meeting, to view or to borrow, then please write a short email to the Secretary, and it will be arranged.

Our original reference materials may only be accessed at our meetings, but the item may also be among the Indexes held by members. Items such as local history books, and textbooks may be borrowed by members for a month, between meetings, or by arrangement with the Librarians.

Our considerable collection of printed exchange journals may also be borrowed between meetings. They form part of our bookstall, and may be borrowed by arrangement with the Bookstall Manager.

Accessions to the library are partly from purchases and partly from donations by members. All items will be considered for inclusion, so long as they relate to the West Middlesex area and/or are likely to benefit family historians. Members are encouraged to make recommendations for new acquisitions, either to the Executive Committee or to the Librarians.

The most recent library acquisitions are the following:

  • The Wyatt Road Infant School, Staines Log Books, 1902 - 1974 (July 2015)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Leonard, Heston (September 2015)
  • 48 maps of London, ranging 17th to 19th century (March 2016)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of Holy Trinity, Hounslow (May 2016)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Nicholas, Chiswick (November 2016)
  • The Royal Marine and the Convict (May 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of All Saints, Fulham (July 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Margaret's Uxbridge and the Old Burial Ground (July 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of Holly Road Garden of Rest, Twickenham (September 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary the Virgin, Twickenham (October 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of Oak Lane Cemetery, Twickenham (November 2017)
  • The Lloyds of Harley Street Associated Family and Friends, Vol I, 1735-1865 (November 2017)
  • The Lloyds of Harley Street Associated Family and Friends, Extracts + Possible Relations (January 2018)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. James, Hampton Hill (July 2018)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary with St. Alban, Teddington (October 2018)
  • The History of The Great West Road (January 2019)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary, Sunbury-on-Thames (August 2019)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. John the Baptist, Hillingdon (November 2019)
  • The Baptisms of St. Mary, Hayes, 1557 - 1840 (January 2020)
  • The Marriages and Burials of St. Mary, Hayes, 1557 - 1840 (January 2020)
  • Index to Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of St. Mary, Hayes, 1557 - 1840 (January 2020)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. George, Hanworth (June 2020)

Members are reminded that all the Memorial Inscriptions documents produced since 2012 can be viewed as PDF files from the Digital Library page.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our meetings have resumed, and are open to all, not just those within range of Isleworth. See our new Meetings page . Our July talk will be given by Janet Few on 'Sons of the Soil: Tracing your Agricultural Labouring Ancestors'.

Next Fair

Our attendance at fairs is severely impacted by the coronavirus situation. The next fair still on schedule is not until September.

Next Advice Session

Advice sessions run at Feltham Library have had to be suspended, but advice may be requested by email. See the Advice page.


Previous news


Recent updates

2-July-2020

Committee minutes for May 2020 added to Members Area.

19-June-2020

New image (and tip) of the month.

12-June-2020

The Meetings page has been updated and now shows our new programme of virtual talks.

7-June-2020

The Memorial Inscriptions of St. George, Hanworth are added.

22-May-2020

New image (and tip) of the month.

17-May-2020

See our Access Exchange Journals page. You can now see all issues of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador journal.


Previous updates


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