West Middlesex Family History Society Journal

The Society publishes a journal four times each year which is distributed to all members. This contains a mix of articles written by members about their family history research in the area, on record sources and research methods, and on aspects of local history in West Middlesex. It also includes details of Society meetings, projects and services, and local and national family history news. A Help! section for those seeking assistance and surname interests of new members are also regular features. It is recognised that the Journal is the main link with the Society for many members who live outside the West Middlesex area and every effort is made to keep them abreast of local news and society information.

As from September 2017 all members are invited to receive the journal as an email attachment, as an alternative to receiving printed copy. This is certainly the 'green' option, and saves the Society some printing and postage costs. The digital version is also in full colour. If you wish to switch to receiving your journal by email please make your request to

We were delighted when the high standard of our journal was recognised by the Federation of Family History Societies and judged Winner in the Small Societies category of the Elizabeth Simpson Award in 2009. This award is given for the journal making the best contribution to family history. This success was followed up with more when the journal was awarded the overall prize for Best Journal in 2010. The photograph shows our editor, Bridget Purr, receiving the award from Lady Teviot.

Editor Bridget Purr, receiving the Elizabeth 
        Simpson Award from Lady Teviot

Articles showing different angles of research into family or local history, views on national and international family history matters and aspects of members' own family research are always needed for the Journal. These do not necessarily have to be long or complete articles. Contributions are always welcome and should be submitted to the Editor by post or email (see Contacts). Please note that the deadlines for receipt of materials for possible inclusion in the quarterly issues of the Journal are 7 January, 7 April, 7 July and 7 October.

Back-copies of the Journal may be accessed at any of the six copyright libraries in the UK (The British Library, The Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, The National Library of Scotland, The National Library of Wales, The Library of Trinity College Dublin), at any of the libraries that subscribe as corporate members, eg Hounslow Library, or at the Society of Genealogists Library.

We participate in an Exchange Journal Programme with other Family History Societies. See the Exchange Journal Programme page if you are interested to exchange your journal with us. See the Members Area if you are a member and would like to see journals from our participating societies.

A complete list of our journals, grouped by volume, follows. For the early years, up to 1993, selection of the journal will show a list of the articles contained in the journal. From 1994 onwards we also provide a link to the index that we provide each March to help find articles from the previous year. From 1997 we provide a brief note on each article to further detail what the article was about. From 2005 we provide online access to the actual journals, but the last 4 issues may only be viewed by members and those participating in the Exchange Journal Programme.

A Journal Search facility is also provided to search for journal articles by keyword or by surname.


All Journals published to date

Volume 1 (1978-1980) Volume 2 (1980-81) Volume 3 (1982-83) Volume 4 (1983-84)
Volume 5 (1984-85) Volume 6 (1986-87) Volume 7 (1988-89) Volume 8 (1990)
Volume 9 (1991) Volume 10 (1992) Volume 11 (1993) Volume 12 (1994)
Volume 13 (1995) Volume 14 (1996) Volume 15 (1997) Volume 16 (1998)
Volume 17 (1999) Volume 18 (2000) Volume 19 (2001) Volume 20 (2002)
Volume 21 (2003) Volume 22 (2004) Volume 23 (2005) Volume 24 (2006)
Volume 25 (2007) Volume 26 (2008) Volume 27 (2009) Volume 28 (2010)
Volume 29 (2011) Volume 30 (2012) Volume 31 (2013) Volume 32 (2014)
Volume 33 (2015) Volume 34 (2016) Volume 35 (2017)



Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 16th November 2017 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Phil Thomaselli titled Tracing your Military Ancestors.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 21st October from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Are you able to join our Committee?

The committee meets every two months in Hounslow. We would like a few more members to join us and help to run the show. Enthusiasm is the only pre-req.

Give a lift - Take a lift

A new page has been added to the website to enable people wanting a lift to meetings to find those able and willing to give a lift (see below).


Previous news


Recent updates

20-October-2017

FFHS Australian Really Useful Leaflet added to Members Forms page.

20-October-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

20-October-2017

Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary's, Twickenham are added.

17-October-2017

Meetings page updated.

22-September-2017

Give a lift introduced - see Meetings page.

22-September-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

22-September-2017

Memorial Inscriptions of Holly Road Garden of Rest, Twickenham are added.

6-September-2017

Committee minutes for July added to Members area.


Previous updates


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