Image of the month
This month's image is a brass relief carving on a slab of marble, and is the oldest and much treasured memorial in St. John's Church, Hillingdon. The inscription is now gone, but it is known that the carving is of John, 8th Lord Strange, Baron of Knokyn, Shropshire, 1444 - 1479, with his wife Jacquetta. Jacquetta was sister of Elizabeth Woodville, who was Queen of Edward IV, and mother of the famous young 'Princes in the Tower'.

Their daughter Jane had a tomb made for them in 1509, and the marble slab was originally the top of it. When Jane herself was buried in the tomb in 1513 her figure was added to the brass relief between her parents.

Tip of the month
A government service has come down in price. No reason given, but HM's Probate Office will now provide you with a copy of any will they hold for just £1.50. That which used to cost £10 now costs just £1.50. Use the Governments own Find a Will service to find the will. Order it and pay for it, and a link will be provided to you by email. You then have 31 days to view/download a copy of the will in PDF format.

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

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st November 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Gill Thomas titled One Street Studies. See the Meetings page.

Next Fair

The fairs season for 2019 is over. The next fair we will be attending is in 2020. For more information please see the Fairs page.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 16th November from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These sessions need to be booked. See the Advice page.

Free access to Find My Past records

As they have done before Find My Past will be providing free access to all their military and civilian records ahead of Remembrance Day from 12pm GMT on 8th November to 12 pm on Monday 11th November, see their free-acess page for more information.

Previous news

Recent updates


Committee minutes for September 2019 added to Members Area.


The Memorial Inscriptions for St. John the Baptist, Hillingdon are added.


New image (and tip) of the month.


You can now select a parish from the Parish Coverage pages.


New image (and tip) of the month.


MI photos are here. See the MIs coverage page. Members can now see images of gravestones at three recently completed churches.

Previous updates

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