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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
Thu14 Jan7.30 pm for 8.00 pmMy Ancestor Was A Domestic Servant Recording availableIan Waller
Tue26 Jan7.30 pm for 8.00 pmWhat Makes a Marriage? – Rules and Records Now bookingAntony Marr
Sat13 Feb1.30 pm for 2.00 pmFemale Inebriates in Victorian England Now bookingJane Fox
Tue23 Feb7.30 pm for 8.00 pmUnderstanding and Using the 1939 Register Now bookingJohn Hanson
Sat20 Mar1.30 pm for 2.00 pmCorsets and Cameras: 19th century costume for dating old photographs Now bookingJane Lewis

Forthcoming Meetings

January 14 2021

Ian Waller - My Ancestor Was A Domestic Servant
Ian Waller is a retired professional genealogist with over 35 years experience in English research. He currently serves as a trustee and education officer of the Family History Federation.
Many families will find domestic servants, both male and female, within their ancestry. This talk looks at their lives and their appearance in records.

January 26

Antony Marr - What Makes a Marriage? – Rules and Records
Antony is a professional genealogist and a former Registrar, which has led to a special interest in civil registration.
This talk will look at the laws and rules of modern marriage, explain the legal processes and registration and delve into the history of this special event. Antony will discuss the finding and interpretation of marriage records, how to track down divorces and perhaps identify a bigamist in the family.

February 13

Jane Fox - Female Inebriates in Victorian England
Jane Fox started to research her own family history many years ago. She 'caught the bug' and went on to study and become a professional genealogist..
According to the 1891 census return the residents of 99 Southam Street, Kensington, London where a group of 9 women inmates for a home for inebriate women. Having studied this address and these women at length this talk discusses the life and history of the female inebriate in Victorian Britain

February 23

John Hanson - Understanding and Using the 1939 Register
John is a professional genealogist who has been a regular speaker on family history at the Society of Genealogists and elsewhere for twenty years.
The 1939 Register provides a snapshot of the population of England and Wales at the outbreak of the Second World War. This talk shows you how best to use the 1939 Register online to find your family members living at this time.

March 20

Jane Lewis - Corsets and Cameras: 19th century costume for dating old photographs
Jane is a qualified genealogist working at Surrey History Centre, who loves family history. This talk is an introduction to the history of late 19th and early 20th century fashion, with particular emphasis on the change in women’s costume through the years 1860-1920. The talk gives tips and techniques to use when dating or identifying old photographs, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that may be encountered.

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