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Woking Centre

Trinity Church, Brewery Road, Woking, GU21 4LH

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Co-ordinator Chris Leech

Second Thursday in month
The doors will open at 7.30pm and the meeting will start at 7.50pm.


Date Doors Open Start Time Title Speaker
Thu13 Jun7.30 pm7.50 pmFamily History from Education RecordsColin Chapman
Thu12 Sep7.30 pm7.50 pmMetropolitan Ancestors - Finding Families in Georgian and Victorian LondonDr Nicholas Dixon
Thu10 Oct7.30 pm7.50 pmPosted in the PastHelen Baggott (via Zoom)
Thu14 Nov7.30 pm7.50 pmWhere were your ancestors on D-Day?Informal Meeting
Thu12 Dec7.30 pm7.50 pmtbatba


Date Doors Open Start Time Title Speaker
Thu9 Jan7.30 pm7.50 pmWho do you think they were?Julian Pooley
Thu13 Feb7.30 pm7.50 pmThe rise of Non-ConformismSally Gardiner
Thu13 Mar7.30 pm7.50 pmThe Royal Navy in WW2 for Family HistoriansRichard Marks
Thu10 Apr7.30 pm7.50 pmA Romany LifestyleDavid Rose and Geoff Burch
Thu8 May7.30 pm7.50 pmSkeletons out of your cupboard Informal Meeting

Forthcoming Meetings

June 13 2024

Colin Chapman - Family History from Education Records
Dr Chapman is a retired engineeer and scientist, a former part-time lecturer at universities in the south west of England and tutor with the Open University. He studied the history of British education as part of his own teacher training. He began family history research at the age of seven encouraged by his grandparents. He went on to found or co-found six county-based family history societies, three of which he is currently president. He originated the three-letter code for county names.
For centuries, education at all levels for both girls and boys was provided, often free, by a variety of bodies: churches of all denominations, national and local government, military authorities, charities, endowments, professional institutions and individuals.
In this illustrated talk Dr Chapman explains the background to the provision of education in Britain and the records it generated that offer invaluable help when tracing our ancestors.

September 12

Dr Nicholas Dixon - Metropolitan Ancestors - Finding Families in Georgian and Victorian London
Dr Nicholas Dixon is a professional genealogist and historical researcher based in London. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a student member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists. He also belongs to the West Surrey Family History Society, a number of his ancestors having lived in Woking, Guildford, Chertsey and Farnham.
'It can be particularly challenging for genealogists to locate individuals and families in London and its environs. This is because of the high density of population in the metropolis and the fact that London families often moved between multiple addresses in a relatively short space of time. Given the number of people who migrated to London during the Georgian and Victorian periods, London records often need to be compared with those of other parts of the UK and other countries. This talk will discuss the multifarious records that are useful to those researching London ancestors, including trade directories, newspapers, court records, insurance records and local history publications. Using some relevant and interesting examples from my own ancestry, it will suggest new ways of finding families in London.

October 10

Helen Baggott (via Zoom) - Posted in the Past
Based on the books 'Posted in the Past' and 'Posted in the Past Second Delivery', this talk reveals the true stories behind postcards sent in the early years of the 20th century. Using genealogy, Helen has researched the families to reveal their stories. Illustrated by images of postcards, this talk shares some of those stories.
A 10-year-old servant working for a laundress in 19th-century Bath, the man who helped keep the doors to Great Ormond Street Hospital open for more than 30 years, a soldier killed in the First World War – all connected by messages sent using the first real social media phenomenon of the 20th century.

November 14

Informal Meeting - Where were your ancestors on D-Day?
An opportunity to share some of your research finds with other members in this 80th Anniversary year. Bring them on a memory stick, in a folder of papers and pictures or just come and talk about them!

December 12

tba - tba

January 9 2025

Julian Pooley - Who do you think they were?
To be added

February 13

Sally Gardiner - The rise of Non-Conformism
I describe myself as an enthusiastic amateur family historian; i've been researching for 14 years and have been part of the Woking u3a Genealogy group for the same duration, becoming group lrsfrt in October 2022.
My main goals are motivating group members to maximise their knowledge to make relevant family history discoveries as well as creating a supportive group environment.
The scope of my talk is Non-Conformity, principally focused on non-Anglican Protestant denominations in the period between the late 17th Century and early 19th Century.

March 13

Richard Marks - The Royal Navy in WW2 for Family Historians

April 10

David Rose and Geoff Burch - A Romany Lifestyle

May 8

Informal Meeting - Skeletons out of your cupboard

Have you discovered any skeletons in your family tree?Bring them along on a memory stick, in a folder of papers and pictures or come and talk to us about them.

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