Image of the month
On Thursday 16th May Ian Currie gave us his talk on the Frost Fairs, with many a slide similar to the above, which is actually a painting of the last frost fair on the Thames in February 1814. The painting is by Luke Clenell, and is from Wikipedia Commons. Lots of fun to be had, swings, music, a lamb being roasted, and various games. The September journal will include a write-up of Ian's talk. Members can view it now from our Meetings Playback page.

Tip of the month
We will all have used google maps, but do you realise how much information is there? For example do a google on Islworth, then select images. From the submenu you can then select Maps, and you get a very decent map centred on Isleworth. Say, now you are interested in what schools there are in the Isleworth area, all you have to do is overtype Isleworth on the left side with schools and enter, and lo, a whole array of schools in the area are then highlighted on the map. The same goes for hospitals, pubs, gyms, you name it.

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 20th June 2024. This will be a hybrid Zoom meeting with the speaker being at St. John's Centre. Members may be remote or at St. John's. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Giz Marriner titled The Fulham Pottery.

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


Committee minutes for March 2024 now added to Members Area.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Digitised journals now go back to 1980, all fully indexed.


Digitised journals now go back to 1981, all fully indexed.


New image (and tip) of the month.


The memorial inscriptions of St. Mary, Hanwell are added..

Previous updates

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