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Woking Centre

Woking Methodist Church Hall, Brewery Road, Woking, GU21 4LH

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Co-ordinator Chris Leech

Second Thursday in month
Doors Open at 7.15pm. Meeting starts at 7.50pm.


Thu13Aug7.50 pmNo MeetingNo Meeting
Thu10Sep7.50 pmLondon AncestryJane Fox
Thu8Oct7.50 pmNon-Conformity - The Road to TolerationLes Mitchinson
Thu12Nov7.50 pmRecent Discoveries I have madeInformal Meeting
Thu10Dec7.50 pmWilliam Heath RobinsonGeoffrey Beare


Thu14Jan7.50 pmMy ancestor was a domestic servantIan Waller
Thu11Feb7.50 pmThe Migrant's JourneyJanet Barber
Thu11Mar7.50 pmStrangers and AliensCheryl Butler
Thu8Apr7.50 pmMy Lucky BreakInformal Meeting
Thu13May7.50 pmThe British AlmshouseJudy Hill
Thu10Jun7.50 pmThe Plant Nurseries of WokingDavid Rose

Forthcoming Meetings

August 13 2020

No Meeting - No Meeting

September 10

Jane Fox - London Ancestry
To be added

October 8

Les Mitchinson - Non-Conformity - The Road to Toleration
Parish Registers of the established church can extend a pedigree back to 1538 recording baptisms,marriages and burials. But not everybody used the established church; they chose to follow their own faith instead and worshipped in secret. By doing so they disappeared from view. The talk, "Non-Conformity - the Road to Toleration" looks at the rise of non-conformity, the records they created and where to access them.

November 12

Informal Meeting - Recent Discoveries I have made
An opportunity to share your more recent (last couple of years?) finds with the other members of the group.

December 10

Geoffrey Beare - William Heath Robinson
A Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust since 1992, Geoffrey Beare is the Collections and Exhibition Manager at the William Heath Robinson Museum.
The talk will cover William Heath Robinson's childhood and education and his early work as a humorous artist and into advertising. However, throughout his ife he saw himself as a serious painter and he painted landscapes, figure studies and imagined scenes whenever he found the time to do so. The talk will end with a brief overview of the work of the Heath Robinson Museum, which opened in 2016.

January 14 2021

Ian Waller - My ancestor was a domestic servant
Ian Waller is a retired professional genealogist with over 35 years experience in English research. He currently serves as a trustee and education officer of the Family History Federation.
Life and Times of a Domestic Servant. Many families will find domestic servants, both male and female, within their ancestry. This talk looks at their lives and their appearance in records.

February 11

Janet Barber - The Migrant's Journey
Jan runs the Beginners and Intermediate Genealogy Groups for the Woking Area U3A and is a keen family historian.
This talk is about the journey taken by our emigrating ancestors in the 18th and 19th centuries. Before starting a brave new life in a brave new world they first had to cope with months of an uncomfortable and dangerous journey by sea.

March 11

Cheryl Butler - Strangers and Aliens
Dr Cheryl Butler has degrees in History from the Universities of Winchester and Southampton, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the Hampshire Archives Trust.
This talk takes an historical perspective on the welcome (or otherwise!) of migrants in England from Nasty Normans, to Italian Merchants trading in luxury goods, to Religious Refugees from France and economic Migrants brought in to brew beer and mix up gunpowder. A tale of wool, wine and woad.

April 8

Informal Meeting - My Lucky Break
An opportunity to share your "Eureka moments" with the other members of the group. Bring them on a memory stick, in a folder of papers or just talk about them!

May 13

Judy Hill - The British Almshouse
To be added

June 10

David Rose - The Plant Nurseries of Woking
To be added

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