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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
Wed22 Sep7.30 pm for 8.00 pmAutosomal DNA and One Name Studies Now bookingJohn Titterton
Tue28 Sep7.30 pm for 8.00 pmThe Origins and Development of Surnames Now bookingLes Mitchinson
Tue26 Oct7.30 pm for 8.00 pmThe Victorians and Entertainment Now bookingDr Judy Hill
Tue9 Nov7.30 pm for 8.00 pm"Life and Labour in a County Village - or Learn to Love your Ag Labs!"Jane Lewis
Thu11 Nov7.30 pm for 8.00 pmCWGC - An Archive of International ImportancePaul Iverson
Wed17 Nov7.30 pm for 8.00 pmThe Chinese Labour Corps in WW1 Now bookingRoy Peachey
Tue23 Nov7.30 pm for 8.00 pmParish Registers Online Now bookingPeter Christian
Thu9 Dec7.30 pm for 8.00 pmChristmas Food and Drink through the ages.Simon Fowler and Sylvia Levi

Forthcoming Meetings

September 22 2021

John Titterton - Autosomal DNA and One Name Studies
Autosomal DNA contains a piece of DNA inherited from each ancestor in all lines. One would expect that
the DNA of use to those doing a One Name Study would use the DNA that traces back the male line (Y DNA).
John will be talking about his One Name Study and autosomal DNA results. A query from a stranger helped John break down 3 brick walls

September 28

Les Mitchinson - The Origins and Development of Surnames
Les Mitchinson became a professional genealogist after a career in the Royal Navy. As well as running his own genealogy business in Petersfield, he runs a range of family history courses and is the Director of Education at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)
This talk looks at the origins, meaning and development of surnames. When did Smythe become Smith and Ap Richard become Pritchard? We review how surnames were derived, how variants became established and whether they were simply spelling mistakes.

October 26

Dr Judy Hill - The Victorians and Entertainment
Dr Judy Hill taught history at the University of Surrey and is now a freelance lecturer and researcher. She is a regular speaker at the Society of Genealogists, family history societies and other organisations.

From the music hall to football matches and the development of the seaside, the Victorians invented mass entertainment. By the late nineteenth century the growing industrialised class acquired the funds and the free time to pursue leisure activities. Contrary to the Victoriansí reputation as being prudish and dour, this talk tells another story!

November 9

Jane Lewis - "Life and Labour in a County Village - or Learn to Love your Ag Labs!"
A talk based on a study of a rural village on the Surrey/Hampshire border which reveals the often hidden lives of agricultural workers in the latter half of the 19th century. The talk focuses on the changes to agricultural life in general during this period, and also how these changes affected individuals and small communities. It also explores some of the many sources that can be used to discover more about agricultural labourers up to the outbreak of the First World War.

November 11

Paul Iverson - CWGC - An Archive of International Importance
Paul will look at the origins of the CWGC and the archive material we have available. This is generally divided into the Casualty Archive and the Commission Archive. He will look at some of the historically interesting items and how you can access both archives.

November 17

Roy Peachey - The Chinese Labour Corps in WW1
Roy Peacey, historian and author, will talk about Chinaís role in World War I, the development of the Chinese Labour Corps, its remarkable headquarters in northern France, and its relationship with the Allies during and after the war, looking in particular at some Surrey links.

November 23

Peter Christian - Parish Registers Online
Peter Christian is an acknowledged expert on the use of the internet in genealogy. After an earlier career as an academic and then as an IT specialist, Peter now devotes his time to writing and lecturing on the use of the internet in family history. He is the author of many books and articles, including the best-selling The Genealogistís Internet, now in its 5th edition.

Parish registers are the most important resource for family history before the start of civil registration in 1837, and there are increasing numbers of indexes, transcriptions and images online. This talk will survey the wide range available, both free and commercial, for all parts of the British Isles, and look at how to find out whether the registers for a particular parish are online. We will also be looking at the great advantages and the significant shortcomings of these resources, to help you make the most of them.

December 9

Simon Fowler and Sylvia Levi - Christmas Food and Drink through the ages.
Join us as we explore what Surrey's residents rich and poor would have eaten and drunk over the Christmas period. Would they have eaten turkey and furmity? Or drunk Smoking Bishop. And would the paupers in local workhouses been allowed a pint of beer? All will be revealed.

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