Invitation to join the Society
The Society needs new members. This page summarises the main benefits of membership, and
provides a link to our page which actually says how to join.
The cost of membership is £15 for all members, and attending our meetings is free.
Some reasons to join us
There are plenty of reasons that might appeal to you to join us
- As a Society which meets every month in Hounslow we provide a meeting forum where you
will find like-minded souls with a common interest. We don't require you to join just to
attend a meeting or two. Why not come along, talk to some of us, and see if you like the
- At these meetings we usually have a guest speaker. Check out our
Meetings page, to see the topics coming up soon. We also bring
along our Library, (7 crates of books and some maps)
that may hold information on your
ancestors that's hard to obtain elsewhere. We also bring our bookstall to these meetings
where books on our local parishes will be found, and also the Family History Society journals
of some 32 other FHS with whom we exchange our Society Journal.
- We invest considerable effort to produce a quality Family History Journal, which
is properly introduced on the Journals page. As a member, in the UK,
or abroad, you will be mailed each issue of the Journal as we publish it. In 2015 the committee
decided that copies of the Journal over 1 year old can be made available to all, through this
website, which also means you can see for yourself what our journal looks like. Here's the
page which leads into our 4 journals for the year 2013,
with the index, just as an example.
- A final word on journals. We are also starting out on a programme to share journals
with more FHS based on electronic access. For us, we can do this at zero cost. For you,
you may get access to some far away places that make a difference to you. The full picture
on accessing other societies' journals can be seen from the
Journals Access page.
- And we have discounts. Just one at the moment, but it's a good one. Right now any member
of the Society can obtain a 15% discount on any subscription to Find My Past. Details of how
to obtain the discount are provided starting from our Members Area.
- The Members Area is also the starting point for accessing a lot of data previously indexed
by our members. See the Data Searches page for more on this. We
let anyone do a Summary Search, which is like a summary search at Find My Past or Ancestry Co. It
only becomes a 'members only' search when you try to do a specific search on Baptisms, Burials,
Memorial Inscriptions, or whatever.
- A further benefit, which is not exclusive to our membership, but illustrates very well
what we are about, we run monthly Individual Advice Sessions at Hounslow
Library which are primarily aimed at those who need some help to get started.
While some of the above benefits relate to being able to meet with us in Hounslow, the fact
is that the majority of our members do not live in Middlesex. Many live in very far away places,
but maintain their interest in West Middlesex due to where their ancestors lived. You do not have
to be a local to enjoy many of our benefits.
For those who do live in West Middlesex, and can attend our meetings, there will be
opportunities to contribute to the running of the Society. The society is run by an Executive
Committee, for which we are continually seeking volunteers to join us. We also have many roles
such as librarian, journal editor, programme coordinator, bookstall manager, projects coordinator
and archivist, that are all performed by volunteers. But we need to keep welcoming new members
to the Society, who may be able to take on these positions in a few years time.
Joining instructions are simple enough. It's all included on our
How to join the Society page. Hope to see you soon.