Woking Methodist Church Hall, Brewery Road, Woking, GU21 4LHFor map click here
Co-ordinator Chris LeechEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Thursday in month
Doors Open at 7.15pm. Meeting starts at 7.50pm.
|Thu||13||Dec||7.50 pm||Heroes and Villains of the Basingstoke Canal||Roger Cansdale|
|Thu||10||Jan||7.50 pm||Forgotten Staff - Victorian and Edwardian Railwaywomen||David Turner|
|Thu||14||Feb||7.50 pm||March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote||Rosie Everritt|
|Thu||14||Mar||7.50 pm||Researching from Newspapers||Ian Waller|
|Thu||11||Apr||7.50 pm||My Criminal Ancestor||Informal Meeting|
|Thu||9||May||7.50 pm||The Hugenots||Jane Le Cluse|
|Thu||13||Jun||7.50 pm||Scottish Research||Ian Macdonald|
|Thu||11||Jul||7.50 pm||No meeting|
|Thu||8||Aug||7.50 pm||No meeting|
|Thu||12||Sep||7.50 pm||Burden on the parish||Margaret Griffiths|
|Thu||10||Oct||7.50 pm||Irish Research||Ruth Mathewson|
|Thu||14||Nov||7.50 pm||Family Secrets||Informal Meeting|
|Thu||12||Dec||7.50 pm||River Wey Navigations||David Rose|
|Thu||9||Jan||7.50 pm||Romance and History of Place Names||Tony Painter|
|Thu||13||Feb||7.50 pm||To be added||To be added|
|Thu||12||Mar||7.50 pm||To be added||To be added|
|Thu||2||Apr||7.50 pm||Recent Discoveries I have made||Informal Meeting|
|Thu||14||May||7.50 pm||Strangers and Aliens||Cheryl Butler|
|Thu||11||Jun||7.50 pm||To be added||To be added|
|Thu||9||Jul||7.50 pm||No Meeting||No Meeting|
|Thu||13||Aug||7.50 pm||No Meeting||No Meeting|
December 13 2018Roger Cansdale - Heroes and Villains of the Basingstoke Canal
In the canal's 200+ year history, there have been many occasions when it might have been abandoned. The fact that most of it still survives is due to a relatively small number of people who popped up at critical moments. Some did what they did for perfectly respectable reasons, either commercial or altruistic, but the motives of others were at best self-interest and at worst fraudulent and criminal; several ended up in prison. However, without them all, the canal would not exist today.
January 10 2019David Turner - Forgotten Staff - Victorian and Edwardian Railwaywomen
Our histories of the Victorian and Edwardian railways usually focus on the activities and lives of male workers. This talk describes the jobs railwaywomen did on the railway before 1914, the challenges they faced when working in a male-dominated environment, and how their pay and employment prospects were shaped by the expectations of women's position in society generally.
February 14Rosie Everritt - March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote
Rosie Everritt, Project Archivist at Surrey History Centre, will share some of the discoveries made during the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’. This project marked 2018 as the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which first gave the vote to women of property over the age of 30. The talk will explore the contributions made by local women and men on both sides of the fierce debate, with particular reference to the suffrage movement in West Surrey.
March 14Ian Waller - Researching from Newspapers
We have surely all been side-tracked in our research when looking through the local newspaper. However newspapers frequently enable us to put the flesh on the bones and bring our ancestors alive. There is so much information from trade advertisements, court cases, potted histories associated with marriages or obituaries that they are a valuable resource. This talk looks at how to access them in the digital age and examines their usefulness.
April 11Informal Meeting - My Criminal Ancestor
An opportunity to share with other members the ‘Black Sheep’ in your family.
Bring them on a memory stick, in a folder of papers – or just talk about them!
May 9Jane Le Cluse - The Hugenots
To be added
June 13Ian Macdonald - Scottish Research
Scottish Research explodes a few myths and focuses on the rich set of records available to the researcher, where and how to find them, and how best to make use of them. Much is available online and the range of sources is expanding so opportunities are growing. If you have Scottish heritage you are privileged to have the world’s best records for chasing down your ancestry. This talk will point you at them and show you what they look like.
July 11No meeting
August 8No meeting
September 12Margaret Griffiths - Burden on the parish
The aim of the 'Burden on the Parish' talk is to give some idea of the range of sources that survive for the history of poor relief in Surrey. Margaret will briefly chart the course of national poor law legislation and then look at personal accounts of how relief was sought and dispensed at a parish level. Documents described will include settlement examinations, settlement certificates, removal orders, overseers' correspondence and records relating to pre-1834 workhouses. We will also look at records produced by the Boards of Guardians, following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, and consider conditions in the new Union workhouses.
October 10Ruth Mathewson - Irish Research
To be added
November 14Informal Meeting - Family Secrets
An opportunity to share what your research has revealed with other members of the group.
December 12David Rose - River Wey Navigations
David Rose’s illustrated talk on the River Wey Navigations looks at the story of the waterway including the vision of its creator Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place, the building of it and its usage over the centuries. Now owned and managed by the National Trust, archive pictures David will show takes the form of a virtual trip along the waterway from Weybridge to Godalming.
January 9 2020Tony Painter - Romance and History of Place Names
This talk covers the history and fascination of Place Names, from towns and villages, down to farms, fields, streets and even pubs. It includes the origins and development of names and the light they shed on history and past ways of life, with reference to some local names, unusual names and the way names have changed over time.
During his time with the MoD, Tony worked alongside the late John Beck, and wishes this talk to acknowledge his work with the WSFHS over many years.
February 13To be added - To be added
To be added
March 12To be added - To be added
To be added
April 2Informal 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.
May 14Cheryl Butler - Strangers and Aliens
To be added
June 11To be added - To be added
To be added
July 9No Meeting - No Meeting
August 13No Meeting - No Meeting
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