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Co-ordinator: Jane Thomas

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These meetings are for Members only; if you wish to join the Society, please go to the Membership page above.
You will need to book for the Zoom meetings. To access the Zoom page in the Members Area, click here.
From the above page, you may also be able to watch a recording of the meeting (see below for an indication of whether a recording is available).

'Doors' open 30 mins before the talk starts on the hour.
There will be a short introduction and explanation of how the meeting will work, e.g. muting of your microphone, raising of questions, etc just before the talk.
Anyone arriving after the talk has commenced may be denied entry.


Date Time Title Speaker
Wed21 Apr7.30 pm for 8.00 pmNonconformity – the Road to Toleration Now bookingLes Mitchinson
Tue27 Apr7.30 pm for 8.00 pm'Up with the Lark' : Agricultural Labourers Now bookingIan Waller
Thu13 May7.30 pm for 8.00 pmThe British Almshouse Now bookingJudy Hill
Tue25 May7.30 pm for 8.00 pmComing Home : Returning from World War One Now bookingMartin Stilwell
Thu10 Jun7.30 pm for 8.00 pmThe Plant Nurseries of Woking Now bookingDavid Rose
Tue22 Jun7.30 pm for 8.00 pmBridging The Gap : tracing forwards from the 1911 censusJackie Depelle

Forthcoming Meetings

April 21 2021

Les Mitchinson - Nonconformity – the Road to Toleration
Les Mitchinson is a qualified genealogist and Director of Education at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)
The Road to Toleration is the story of Nonconformity through the centuries: from Tudor times through to the 19th Century.
The talk will concentrate on the rise in Nonconformity, clues that point to a nonconformist, the legislation against them and the records that will identify them.

April 27

Ian Waller - 'Up with the Lark' : Agricultural Labourers
Most of us will have agricultural labourers in our ancestry. What was life like for an ‘Ag Lab’? This talk looks at the factors which influenced their lives, and reviews the wealth of records which enable us to learn more about them.
Ian was a professional genealogist for 30 years before his recent retirement. He is the author of ‘My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer’.

May 13

Judy Hill - The British Almshouse
Almshouses originated in early medieval England as places that provided care for the sick poor, usually attached to a monastery. Hospitality a Christian duty. The original focus on travellers and monks was extended in the 12th and 13th centuries to include lay people who were sick or feeble usually housed in separate establishments administered by monks and lay brothers. Church authorities encouraged these foundations and bishops were urged to see there were enough of them to cater for the need.
This talk will look at the history of the British Almshouse which includes the difficult times during the Reformation to the continued vitality of the almshouse movement today.

May 25

Martin Stilwell - Coming Home : Returning from World War One
This talk tells the story of the five million ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen coming back from the First World War, how they tried to get back to normal life, and the many challenges that they faced.
Martin is a historian and a volunteer researcher at the Surrey History Centre, where he has been researching this subject.

June 10

David Rose - The Plant Nurseries of Woking
David Rose is a local historian and writer who specialises in this history of Woking, Guildford and surrounding villages, mainly from Victorian times up to the present day. He has a large collection of vintage photographs on the subject and also collects related items such as old bottles and pots, tins, packaging and advertising items.
His illustrated talk, The Plant Nurseries of Woking, focuses on a selection of the garden horticultural nurseries that were established in the area and which flourished for many years. Specialising in varieties that grew well on the sandy soils of the area, such as rhododendrons, azaleas, roses and clematis, these family run firms included the Waterers, Slococks, Cobbetts, Jackmans, and others.

June 22

Jackie Depelle - Bridging The Gap : tracing forwards from the 1911 census
Jackie Depelle has been teaching Family History in and around Yorkshire since the days of micro-film and fiche! A speaker at major events such as RootsTech, The Really Useful Family History Show and FamilyTreeLive Jackie is a member of various Family History Societies as well as the British Association for Local Studies. Now firmly embracing the virtual world Jackie offers online courses and talks to a national audience.
One of the most exciting recent releases of source material for Family Historians has been the 1939 Register, not only for the information it provides but also its ability to provide links to earlier records. Whilst we wait for the 1921 census, there are other documents that can be used to provide details of our ancestors’ lives across the time period. This talk reviews several of them, identifying chronological timelines. Many are obvious, some perhaps unexpected as a sample case study reveals working forwards from First World War Internment. See what pieces of the jigsaw can be found and how they come together to illustrate the possibilities in researching comparatively recent lives.ackie offers online courses and talks to a national audience.

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