Research

This section provides a range of information intended to be useful to those researching their families in West Middlesex.

  • Our area. In 1978 the founding of our Society was co-ordinated by the Federation of Family History Societies, and it was agreed that our Society should cover the parishes to the west and south of the county while the Central Middlesex FHS and the London and North Middlesex FHS between them would cover the rest of the county. Then in 2001 these last two joined forces to form the current London, Westminster and Middlesex FHS. So definition of our area is important, and is best summarised by means of our Parish Map.

  • Detail identifying each of the old parish churches, and where their parish registers may be found, is provided by means of a lookup on our Parish Information page.

  • Taking a wider view, we also provide a Gazetteer of the Greater London area which is a searchable database of 600 place names in Greater London, and identifies in which of nine Family History Society areas each place belongs.

  • When it gets down to the detail, if your research cannot be done online then you will need to visit a Records Office. Our Records Offices and Libraries page provides basic information, including website address, for all the relevant Record Offices for our area.

  • If your research is specific to a surname then it may be that one of our members has already done related research which could be of interest. Use our Surnames Interests page to see if you can take a short cut for part of your research.

  • Many of the items in our library, which are the result of research by members, are also held by those members most involved in the subject. These Indexes held by members are listed in the Journal each quarter, and may also be seen here using the link provided.

  • There is then the enormous potential of the internet for family history research. This is a very large subject, and can never be complete, but we give our best shot at identifying the main websites to visit starting from our Links to other websites page.



Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 15th June 2016 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Gill Blanchard titled Tracing a House History.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday May 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Unwanted GRO Certificates

Our collection of some 800 unwanted GRO certificates are now offered at their final low price of just £1 each. See Unwanted GRO certificates.


Previous news


Recent updates

23-May-2017

Protestation Returns now includes images of the pages.

20-May-2017

Library page updated.

19-May-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

19-May-2017

Advice Sessions page updated.

4-May-2017

Unwanted GRO certificates now only £1.

4-May-2017

Fairs page updated.

12-April-2017

Subscription Renewals page reworked.


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