Image of the month
The image is from Wikimedia Commons, and is Staines Town Hall with its rather well-known Clock Tower. I have rather fond recollections of this landmark as it signalled the start of summer holidays for me. My father used to drive the family from Teddington to the Gower Peninsular, Wales when there weren't any motorways, so it was a long day's drive, and we set off very early. Reaching Staines was the signal that our journey west had really begun, and this landmark was, and still is, very eye-catching.

Tip of the month
Many will know that the National Library of Scotland has an excellent collection of maps covering all of the UK, and entirely free to access. I always knew it was there, but I had to see a demonstration to appreciate just how versatile this website is. I can only recommend that if you need to see an historic map for anywhere in the UK that you give it a try. This where you start. Try looking for the place you were born, and see how many maps of varying dates and scales cover the area.

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 28th January 2024.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st March 2024. This will be a hybrid Zoom meeting with the speaker being at St. John's Centre. It's the AGM followed by David Shailes giving a talk on 'Brentford Gas'.

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 1983, all fully indexed.


New image (and tip) of the month.


New image (and tip) of the month.


A brochure advertising the 43rd West London Local History Conference is added to our Sponsored Events page.


Committee minutes for November 2023 added to Members Area.

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