West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 24 (2006)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2006. The complete journals are also available to be viewed online or downloaded:

An Index covering the whole year is also available for view or download.

The Story of Greenwich - John Neal
Notes from a talk from our October meeting on thei history, buildings and people of Greenwich.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 6-7 (March 2006)

Surnames on the Internet - Peter Christian
An account of a talk by Peter Christian, of Goldsmiths' College and the Society of Genealogists, offered advice on researching surnames on the Internet.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 7-8 (March 2006)

Christmas Past and Present - Colin Chapman
Summary of a talk by Colin Chapman who spoke at the December meeting on 'Christmas Past and Present', shedding light on the origins of many of our Christmas traditions.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 8-10 (March 2006)

The Rural Past - Patricia Williamson
An account of the author's grandfather William Barnes who ran a market garden in the Sunbury/Feltham area around the middle of the 19C.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 10 (March 2006)

Tales From the Harlington Parish Registers - Philip Sherwood
Tales of the author's Cottrell ancestors in Harlington and of research enquiries received since he and Connie Zouch transcribed the parish registers in the mid 1980s.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 11-13 (March 2006)

A Very Unconventional Great Aunt - Margaret Watson
The authors's grandfather, Woodruff TILBURY, was the eldest son of eight children born to William Wix TILBURY and Jane Woodruff, both of whom had been born in Hayes, Middlesex, and who had married on 16th July 1867 at St John's Church, Fulham. The writer knew something about six of Woodruff's seven siblings, but what happened to Millicent, who was born 16th May 1877 in Hayes, Middlesex?
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 14-18 (March 2006)

Hayes, Middlesex - Andrew Jackson
A history of the parish of Hayes.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 19-27 (March 2006)

Enclosure in the 19th Century (Part 2) - William Wild
Concluding part of the article comparing enclosures in Thorington (1813, Essex) and Harmondsworth (1819, Middlesex).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(1) 27-31 (March 2006)

The Postal Service - Roy Hewitt
Notes from a talk given by Roy Hewitt on the postal service operating during World War One between British troops posted to the front lines and their families back home. Includes the story of Cecil Edward John Warne and his service during the war.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(2) 11-12 (June 2006)

Romanies - Stewart King
Notes from a talk by Stewart King on "Romanies and their Crafts: 1000 Years on the Move and Still a Mystery."
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(2) 12-13 (June 2006)

The West London Local History Conference - Yvonne Masson
Account of the 26th West London Local History Conference in March 2006, held on the theme of "Waste Not, Want Not".
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(2) 14-18 (June 2006)

A Family Beset by Tragedy - Joan Scrivener
The many unhappy events that befell Princess Alice, third daughter of Queen Victoria, and her family between 1873 and 1939.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(2) 19-21 (June 2006)

Five Names - One Person - Carola and John Beckett
Florence Louisa Beckett / Parkes, formerly Flo(ra Lucy) Parkes, formerly Flora Lucy Willis, formerly Florence Hughes Willis (1890-1930) of Kensington and the Lake District. A story of a mystery (partly) resolved.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(2) 24-29 (June 2006)

A Remarkable Addendum to the Story of the Unconventional Great Aunt - Margaret Watson
Follow-up to the article that appeared in the December 2003 journal on Millicent Tilbury.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(3) 11 (September 2006)

A Very Victorian Affair - Chris Hern
This story of life and love in late Victorian times that arose during research into the history of St Stephens Road Hounslow.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(3) 12-21 (September 2006)

Alice German RN, USA - Valerie Walker
Follow-up to an article from December 1994 concerning Alice German and the tracing of her migration to the US.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(3) 24-25 (September 2006)

Traces of DNA - Brian Page
Account of the creation of a DNA database of Pages and how it was used to demonstrate relationships of the author to other sharing his surname in the US.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(3) 26 (September 2006)

Brookwood Cemetery - Wendy Mott
An unsuccessful search for the monuments from Holy Trinity, Hounslow, at Brookwood, supposed to have been moved there when the church was rebuilt and the churchyard cleared.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) 10-11 (December 2006)

An Exercise in DNA for Research - John Welsh
Example of the use of DNA testing ot explore the Ilbury family around the world and back to the 16th century.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) 12-13 (December 2006)

Wills - Wendy Mott
Examples of what can be obtained from wills, with examples from the Cater family.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) 15-17 (December 2006)

More Cant Chronicles - June Lines
Narrative account of discoveries made as a result of making contact with others with shared ancestry in John CANT (1852-1890) of Kensal Town.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) 18-19 (December 2006)

Records at the TNA - Ian Waller
Notes from a talk by Ian Waller on what kind of records are available at The National Archives and how to get the best from a visit there.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) (December 2006)

Charlie Duncan - Robin Purr
Notes from a talk by Rob Purr on research he has carried out on his father's cousin, Charlie Duncan, who was known to have died during an RAF mission in World War Two.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) 21-22 (December 2006)

The Christmas Tree
Why do we have a decorated Christmas Tree?
West Middlesex FHS Journal 24(4) 23-24 (December 2006)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 21st December 2017 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7:15 pm. This is our Christmas Meeting. Food and drink will be provided and there will be a quiz.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 4th November 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.

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