Image of the month
This month's image is one of several ancient brasses laid into the floor of St. Mary the Virgin, Hayes. Select the image to see it at greater magnification. The memorial is beautifully preserved considering that it dates from 1421, but it is very hard to decipher the inscription accurately since all the characters in this medieval script appear to consist just of downward strokes. But editor Ann Greene was up to the challenge. See my article in the December journal for more about how this inscription was interpreted.

Tip of the month
This month I urge you to get familiar with FamilySearch Wiki. Our website already links to FamilySearch Wiki from our Research Parish Information page to find out what parish registers exist online for our parishes, and we also link to the Wiki's map section from our own Parish Maps page, but the Wiki has very much more besides. This is the Wiki's Home Page. From this page starting with Online Genealogy Records (top left) see if you can find their reference to our Society. You should learn quite a lot on the journey. Starting from Research Resources (top left) will also provide an interesting journey.

Our aims
The Society aims to encourage and assist those involved in the study of family history and genealogy in the western part of the ancient English county of Middlesex. See also our Objectives page.

Using this website
The website contains much information about the Society, and provides general assistance in providing links to other websites of use to family historians. You may explore the site using the menus above, including to use the Sitemap, where you can see all our pages at a glance.

For example under Research and Indexes you will find pages which tell you which members of the Society hold some of our special assets, Parish Registers, Indexes relating to Places, and other General Indexes.

New members
We are always keen to welcome new members. Benefits of membership include attending our monthly meetings at St. John's Centre in Isleworth, where you can meet like-minded souls, many of whom have been enjoying this hobby for a long while. You will also receive a copy of our Quarterly Journal. Joining instructions may be found on our How to join the Society page. Attending our meetings is free, and you may come as a guest just to see what goes on, if you wish. Cost of membership is a modest £15 per annum.

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on 17th December and will be Zoom party time for Christmas. Bring your own crackers and refreshments. There will be a quiz.

Next Fair

We shall be running our virtual stall (with chat) at the Family History Show Online on Saturday 20th February 2021.

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


Digitised journals now go back to 1992, all fully indexed.


Matt Brown's London Etymology Map has been added as an option to our Parish Maps page.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Committee minutes for September 2020 added to Members Area.


Tickets at half price for our members for next year's family history show - see our Discounts page .


New image (and tip) of the month.

Previous updates

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