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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.


Sat13Oct2.30 pmAnnual 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 pmMarch of the Women: Surrey's Road to the VoteRosie Everritt
Thu14Mar7.50 pmResearching from NewspapersIan Waller
Thu11Apr7.50 pmMy Criminal AncestorInformal Meeting
Thu9May7.50 pmThe HugenotsJane Le Cluse
Thu13Jun7.50 pmScottish ResearchIan Macdonald
Thu11Jul7.50 pmNo meeting
Thu8Aug7.50 pmNo meeting

Forthcoming Meetings

October 13 2018

Kirsty Gray - Annual General Meeting Heir Hunting - the Real Deal
Society AGM - Saturday afternoon meeting.
Kirsty Gray. No. 1 Genealogist, People Finder and Heir Tracer. Family and local historian. MD of Family Wise Limited. Director of THE Genealogy Show. Author and world-renowned lecturer. Featured genealogist on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada and BBC1’s Family Finders in the UK. Worldwide Sillifant surname study. Tetcott and Luffincott one-place studies. Founder and Chair of The Surname Society. Founding Chair now Secretary of Society for One-Place Studies. Member of The Ontario Genealogical Society and Devon Family History Society. Member and Chair of West Middlesex Family History Society.

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. Bring them on a memory stick, in a folder of papers – or just talk about them!

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
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 14

Rosie 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 14

Ian 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 11

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 Hugenots
To be added

June 13

Ian Macdonald - Scottish Research

July 11

No meeting

August 8

No meeting

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