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Woking Centre

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

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Co-ordinator Chris Leech

Email: woking@wsfhs.org
Second Thursday in month
Doors Open at 7.15pm. Meeting starts at 7.50pm.

2019

Thu11Apr7.50 pmMy Criminal AncestorInformal Meeting
Thu9May7.50 pmThe HuguenotsJane Le Cluse
Thu13Jun7.50 pmScottish ResearchIan Macdonald
Thu11Jul7.50 pmNo meeting
Thu8Aug7.50 pmNo meeting
Thu12Sep7.50 pmBurden on the parishMargaret Griffiths
Thu10Oct7.50 pmIrish ResearchRuth Mathewson
Thu14Nov7.50 pmFamily SecretsInformal Meeting
Thu12Dec7.50 pmRiver Wey NavigationsDavid Rose

2020

Thu9Jan7.50 pmRomance and History of Place NamesTony Painter
Thu13Feb7.50 pmCatching up with Family SearchSharon Hintze
Thu12Mar7.50 pmThe Mary RoseAlan Turton
Thu2Apr7.50 pmRecent Discoveries I have madeInformal Meeting
Thu14May7.50 pmStrangers and AliensCheryl Butler
Thu11Jun7.50 pmThe History of the Midland Railway and its staff records. [With additional information about LSWR Chris and Judy Rouse
Thu9Jul7.50 pmNo MeetingNo Meeting
Thu13Aug7.50 pmNo MeetingNo Meeting

Forthcoming Meetings

April 11 2019

Informal 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 9

Jane Le Cluse - The Huguenots
Jane, who has an MA in History, has spent a long time doing local history research in the area of Sussex and Surrey that she was brought up in. She is of Huguenot descent and on the Library and Archive Committee of the eponymous Society, of which she is a Life Member.

June 13

Ian 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 11

No meeting

August 8

No meeting

September 12

Margaret 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 10

Ruth Mathewson - Irish Research
Ruth is a professional genealogist specialising in Scottish and Irish research. She will be presenting an introduction to Irish genealogical research, highlighting available resources and providing guidance on navigating them effectively. Details of all the resources referenced and how to access them can be found on her free website www.irishgenealogy.com

November 14

Informal Meeting - Family Secrets
An opportunity to share what your research has revealed with other members of the group.

December 12

David 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 2020

Tony 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 13

Sharon Hintze - Catching up with Family Search
To be added

March 12

Alan Turton - The Mary Rose
Alan is a military historian and historical adviser for television programmes. He is an official presenter for the Mary Rose Trust and all fees for this talk are passed to the Trust.

April 2

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.

May 14

Cheryl Butler - Strangers and Aliens
To be added

June 11

Chris and Judy Rouse - The History of the Midland Railway and its staff records. [With additional information about LSWR
This talk is a good starting point for research into railway ancestry - using their knowledge of the Midland railway to provide examples.They look at the various types of records available for researchers: staff records held at the National Archives and elsewhere, Board of Trade Accident reports, Directors and other Minutes, Local and National newspapers, census records photographs, maps and illustrations etc. Researchers can then adapt the techniques to researching their own particular railway ancestor on any British railway including the LSWR.

July 9

No Meeting - No Meeting

August 13

No Meeting - No Meeting


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