Image of the month
The image is taken from Wikipedia Commons. On Thursday 18th July Dr. Judy Hill gave us a talk on Almshouses. I was somehwat surprised to learn that we still have many almshouses in existence today, and surprised again to learn that the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is a retirement home for old soldiers, is none the less still an almshouse. Judy's talk is available to members up to August 14th from our Meetings Playback page.

Tip of the month
Births, marriages and deaths - vital information for us who do family history. But do you know where to look for recent births, marriages and deaths. FreeBMD is an excellent website, but only has BMDs up to 1997. FindMyPast is more current, but stops at 2006. To go right up to 2023 you need to visit one of a few main archives. For us in Middlesex that means the British Library or City of Westminster Archives, which both hold all the availabe records on microfiche. Of course for marriages you get the spouse's surname, but have to search through that surname to find the forename, just like we used to do with the great old ledgers.

Our aims
The Society aims to encourage and assist those involved in the study of family history and genealogy in the western part of the ancient English county of Middlesex. See also our Objectives page.

Using this website
The website contains much information about the Society, and provides general assistance in providing links to other websites of use to family historians. You may explore the site using the menus above, including to use the Sitemap, where you can see all our pages at a glance.

For example under Research and Indexes you will find pages which tell you which members of the Society hold some of our special assets, Parish Registers, Indexes relating to Places, and other General Indexes.

New members
We are always keen to welcome new members. Benefits of membership include attending our monthly meetings at St. John's Centre in Isleworth, where you can meet like-minded souls, many of whom have been enjoying this hobby for a long while. You will also receive a copy of our Quarterly Journal. Joining instructions may be found on our How to join the Society page. Attending our meetings is free, and you may come as a guest just to see what goes on, if you wish. Cost of membership is a modest £15 per annum.

Society news

Notice Board

The Notice Board was last updated on 29th March 2024.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th August 2024. This will be a hybrid Zoom meeting with the speaker a St. John's. Members may be remote or at St. John's. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by James Marshall titled Breweries in, or associated with, the London Borough of Hounslow.

Next Fair

Our next family history fair is the Family History Show - London at Kempton Park Racecourse on Saturday 5th October 2024.

Previous news

Recent updates


Digitised journals now go back to 1979, all fully indexed.


Committee minutes for May 2024 now added to Members Area.


New image (and tip) of the month.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Committee minutes for March 2024 now added to Members Area.

Previous updates

© Copyright West Middlesex Family History Society 2007-2020  
A Member of the Federation of Family History Societies. Registered Charity No. 291906