News Log

This page provides a brief log of the main items of news for the Society, with most recent items shown first, and going back to the Extraordinary General Meeting of 15th September 2015.

17-Aug-2017 Members' meeting - talk by Janet Few on 'Toleration or Turmoil? English Non-Conformity and our Ancestors'.
29-Jul-2017 Muriel Sprott, Margaret Cunnew, Brian and Pam Smith ran our stall at Bucks FHS Open Day at Aylesbury, Bucks .
21-Jul-2017 June Watkins funeral at Hanworth Crematorium.
20-Jul-2017 Members' meeting - Get Online - hosted by Kirsty Gray and Carole Steers.
16-Jun-2017 Members' meeting - talk by Gill Blanchard on 'Tracing a House History'.
30-May-2017 Roland Bostock sets up a page for the Society on Wikipedia, subsequently removed by Wikipedia editors as the Society is not sufficienty 'notable'!.
18-May-2017 Members' neeting - talk by Celia Heritage on 'Newspapers for Family Historians'.
4-May-2017 Unwanted GRO certificates now only £1.
20-Apr-2017 Members' meeting - talk by Alison Craze on 'Brookwood Hospital - Asylum or Institution'.
25-Mar-2017 Kay Dudman, Yvonne Masson and Joan Storkey attended West London Local History Conference, and ran our bookstall.
16-Mar-2017 AGM and Members' meeting - talk by Steve Hookins on 'Meet Mr. Warden'. Yvonne Masson and Brian and Pam Smith were each awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society.
16-Feb-2017 Members' meeting - talk by Beverley Walker on 'Was Your Ancestor a Gypsy?'.
19-Jan-2017 Members' meeting - talk by Paul Blake on 'London Genealogy - or the Metropolitan Nightmare'.
15-Dec-2016 Christmas Members' meeting - talk by Mike Brown on 'Christmas on the Home Front 1939-45', and Social.
17-Nov-2016 Members' meeting - talk by David Bright on 'War Memorials of the Great War within the Borough of Hounslow'.
5-Nov-2016 Pam and Brian Smith, and Muriel Sprott ran our stall at West Surrey's FHS Fair and Open Day at Woking, Surrey.
23-Oct-2016 Winter Sale of GRO Certificates starts, price now £2.00 per certificate.
22-Oct-2016 Second 'Get Online Week' clinic at Hounslow Library (Roland Bostock).
20-Oct-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Ian Waller on 'Convict Transport'.
15-Oct-2016 First 'Get Online Week' clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Roland Bostock).
7-Oct-2016 Margaret Cunnew, Yvonne Masson and Roland Bostock ran our stall at Richmond's Full of Life Fair at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Middx.
1-Oct-2016 Roland Bostock and Margaret Cunnew ran our stall at Oxfordshire Family History Society's Fair in Woodstock, Oxon.
1-Oct-2016 Honorary member Joan Scrivener dies from complications after a gall stone operation.
15-Sep-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Peter Hounsell on 'Otto and the Margerine factory'.
18-Aug-2016 Members' meeting - Questors Reminiscence Road Show perform 'Down Our High Street'.
6-Aug-2016 Third pilot clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Roland Bostock).
23-Jul-2016 Muriel Sprott, Yvonne Masson, Pam and Brian Smith ran our stall at Buckinghamshire Family History Society's Fair in Wendover, Bucks.
21-Jul-2016 Members' open meeting - theme of the evening was Family Health.
9-Jul-2016 Second pilot clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Muriel Sprott).
18-Jun-2016 Kirsty Gray, Muriel Sprott and Margaret Cunnew ran our stall at Wiltshire Family History Society's Fair in Swindon, Wilts.
16-Jun-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Carol Harris on 'Putting on the Ritz - Fashion in the 1920s and 1930s'.
11-Jun-2016 First pilot clinic at Hounslow Library (Ann Greene and Roland Bostock).
19-May-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Kathy Chater on 'Film Archives for the Family Historian'.
26-Apr-2016 Honorary member Mary Bickle dies.
21-Apr-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Antonia Davis on 'History of Education'.
17-Mar-2016 The AGM - also talk by Andrea Cameron on 'Osterley House and its Families'. Robin and Bridget Purr are appointed Joint Presidents of the Society. Muriel Sprott, Paul and Janice Kershaw are awarded Honorary Membership of the Society.
12-Mar-2016 Brian Page, Roland Bostock and Margaret Cunnew ran our stall at Dorset Family History Society Family History Day at Poole, Dorset (first time for this fair).
5-Mar-2016 Kirsty collects 48 maps of London, ranging 17th century to 19th century, from Colin McDonald, who generously gifted them to the Society.
18-Feb-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Chris and Judy Rouse on 'Mayhem on the Midland, an Accdent, a Suicide and a Murder'.
21-Jan-2016 Members' meeting - talk by Caroline Walker on 'Maps, Memorials and Murals'.
7-Jan-2016 Members Area is added to the website.
17-Dec-2015 Christmas Social - Kirsty Gray runs a quiz night.
19-Nov-2015 Members' meeting - talk by Chris Hern on 'Sabotage, Security and Sheer Stupidity.
31-Oct-2015 We attend West Surrey Family History Fair in Woking.
15-Oct-2015 Extraordinary General Meeting to vote on the proposal to wind up the Society, followed by a talk by Kirsty Gray on 'Tracing the History of a Community'. Kirsty offers to take on role of Chairman, Brian Page offers to take on role of Vice-Chairman, Roland Bostock offers to take on role of Secretary. Also five members volunteer to fill vacancies on the committee. The Society is back on its feet after a difficult six months.

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st September 2017 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Kirsty Gray titled Heir Hunting - The Real Deal.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday September 16th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Are you able to join our Committee?

The committee meets every two months in Hounslow. We would like a few more members to join us and help to run the show. Enthusiasm is the only pre-req.

Previous news

Recent updates


Committee minutes for July added to Members area.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Memorial Inscriptions of St. Margaret's, Uxbridge are added.


Record Offices page updated (for Hounslow Local Studies move to Feltham Library).


Memorial Inscriptions of St. John, Uxbridge are added.


New image (and tip) of the month.

Previous updates

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