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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.


Thu8Feb7.50 pmThames WatermenPat Hilbert
Thu8Mar7.50 pmThe BreadwinnerMeryl Catty
Thu12Apr7.50 pmOur Ancestors' Interesting OccupationsInformal Meeting
Thu10May7.50 pmUsing MapsLes Mitchinson
Thu14Jun7.50 pmThe secret History of a 20th Century familySteve Welch
Thu12Jul7.50 pmNo Meeting
Thu9Aug7.50 pmNo Meeting
Thu13Sep7.50 pmtbaGraham Bandy
Sat13Oct2.30pmAnnual General Meeting Heir Hunting - the Real Deal Kirsty Gray
Thu8Nov7.50 pmMy Military AncestorInformal Meeting
Thu13Dec7.50 pmHeroes and Villains of the Basingstoke CanalRoger Cansdale


Thu10Jan7.50 pmForgotten Staff - Victorian and Edwardian RailwaywomenDavid Turner
Thu14Feb7.50 pmWomen's SuffrageRosie Everritt
Thu14Mar7.50 pmResearching from NewspapersIan Waller
Thu11Apr7.50 pmMy Criminal AncestorInformal Meeting
Thu9May7.50 pmThe HugenotsJane Le Cluse
Thu13Jun7.50 pmtbaIan Macdonald
Thu11Jul7.50 pmNo meeting
Thu8Aug7.50 pmNo meeting

Forthcoming Meetings

February 8 2018

Pat Hilbert - Thames Watermen
Pat's talk relates to how and where she has researched Watermen and rowing. It covers firstly the 69 of my Green Ancestors who were Thames Watermen and secondly, other prominent river and rowing families (such as the Phelps) into which the Greens inter-married. Four of her Green family and ten of the Phelps family have won the historic Doggetts Coat and Badge Race including her great grandfather and her father.

March 8

Meryl Catty - The Breadwinner
The aim of this talk is to encourage family historians to explore the working lives of their ancestors by giving examples of a wide range of source material and background reading, using case studies to show how these can help our ancestors 'come alive'.

April 12

Informal Meeting - Our Ancestors' Interesting Occupations
An opportunity to share the information we have garnered about what our ancestors did for a living. (Perhaps using some of the suggestions given at the previous meeting!)

May 10

Les Mitchinson - Using Maps
Often overlooked, maps and their associated records are a useful source for the researcher. The records offer information on residence, occupation and status. They paint a picture of a society at a particular time and may lead the researcher into other record sources such as Quarter Sessions, Manorial Records, Title Deeds and Wills.

June 14

Steve Welch - The secret History of a 20th Century family
Steve has recently switched to researching his father's family. He was an only child and his father was unknown. He grew up in Battersea. Steve's family had always believed that he had no siblings. Then suddenly in January 2017 the strangest thing happened!

July 12

No Meeting

August 9

No Meeting

September 13

Graham Bandy - tba

October 13

Kirsty Gray - Annual General Meeting Heir Hunting - the Real Deal
Society AGM - Saturday afternoon meeting.
Details to be added.

November 8

Informal Meeting - My Military Ancestor
100 years after the end of WWI - An opportunity to share some of your research finds about your military ancestors with other members.

December 13

Roger 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 2019

David Turner - Forgotten Staff - Victorian and Edwardian Railwaywomen
To be added

February 14

Rosie Everritt - Women's Suffrage
To be added

March 14

Ian Waller - Researching from Newspapers
To be added

April 11

Informal Meeting - My Criminal Ancestor
Another opportunity to share some more of your research - about an ancestor of whom you may, or may not, be proud!

May 9

Jane Le Cluse - The Hugenots
To be added

June 13

Ian Macdonald - tba

July 11

No meeting

August 8

No meeting

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