West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 26 (2008)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2008. 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.

A Second Look at Problems - Lady Teviot
Notes from a talk given at the October meeting, suggesting new options for breaking through the 'brick walls' in ancestral research.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 8-9 (March 2008)

The Burial of Benjamin and Catto Blake in Shepperton - John Seaman
The burials of two slaves from the West Indies and how they may have come to be buried in Shepperton.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 10-11 (March 2008)

West Middlesex Baptism and Burial Indexes: An Update
Summary of the materials that have been included in the baptism and burial indexes being developed by the Society.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 15-16 (March 2008)

Death by Misadventure - Pat Candler
Account of research on the author's ancestors in Ireland and England and the sad death of Bridget O'Sullivan from burns received through her clothing catching alight while in service.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 17-19 (March 2008)

The King's Evil in Harmondsworth - Wendy Mott
Account of the King's Evil (scrofula) and the history of the 'royal touch', illustrated with examples of records from the parish register for Harmondsworth in the time of William III.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 24-26 (March 2008)

A Time to Weep ... A Time to Mourn - Valerie Walker
A look back from our Certificate Courier, upon the occasion of the closure of the search rooms for births, marriages and deaths at the Family Records Centre.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 29-30 (March 2008)

Mt Great Uncle the Artist - Joan Scrivener
Tracing the origins of the author's great uncle, Sydney Amos Driver, artist, from whom some paintings had been inherited.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(1) 31-32 (March 2008)

The Spike - Valerie Walker
Glimpses of the 1940s and 50s from household bills kept by the author's mother.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 6-7 (June 2008)

Furniture Ration Books - Bridget Purr
Account of the restrictions imposed on the purchase of furniture in Britain during World War II.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 8 (June 2008)

The Hoover Evacuees - Pam Morgan
Background to a scheme whereby children of employees of the Hoover plant in Perivale were evacuated to Ohio in World War II. Includes a list of around 80 names of evacuees.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 16-17 (June 2008)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes from three talks given to the Society: Colin Chapman on migration, Richard Ratcliffe on unravelling the history of Fred Ratcliffe and family stories of a fatal fire, and Jonathan Oateson on the unsolved murder of Sarah Jane Higgs, a servant in Ealing in 1895.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 18-21 (June 2008)

At Last - Caroline Tilbury
Account of family research on the author's Tilbury, Rutherford and Greenaway ancestors.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 22-24 (June 2008)

West London Local History Conference - Yvonne Masson
Notes from the 2008 conference on the subject of Health and Medicine in West London's History.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 26-32 (June 2008)

William Piers and Sunbury - John Seaman
Background to a bequest of William Piers to the parish of Sunbury in 1670.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(2) 34-35 (June 2008)

Who Do You Think You Are? - Bridget Purr
Notes from the WDYTYA Live! event in May 2008.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(3) 8-9 (September 2008)

Harlington Graveyard - Philip Sherwood
Account of the graveyard of Harlington and its famous yew tree, based upon material from "900 Years of Harlington Church" by Herbet Wilson.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(3) 11-13 (September 2008)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on two talks given to the Society recently: Alan Ruston on ancestors in the Civil Service and Ian Waller on Manorial Records.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(3) 14-17 (September 2008)

Railway Murder - Jonathan Oates
Detailed account of the circumstances of the murder of Miss Elizabeth Campin 1897 - the first woman to be murdered on a train in England. Despite investigations and numerous suspects, detailed in the article, the murder remained unsolved.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(3) 18-23 (September 2008)

Thoughts of an Evacuee in World War II (Part 1) - John Noble
Personal narrative of the experiences of the author and his evacuation to Buckinghamshire during World War II.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(3) 24-27 (September 2008)

WMFHS Open Day - Paul Kershaw and Muriel Sprott
Notes and photographs from the Society's Open Day held in September 2008.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(4) 6-9 (December 2008)

A Black Sheep in the Family - Margaret Watson
Detailed account of the results of research into the authors Tilbury ancestors in West Middlesex, previously from Chilbolton, Hampshire. Also refers to surnames Crowder, Cockman.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(4) 12-17 (December 2008)

Dr John Robert Hume, MD, LRC, FRCP, DCL, CB - Joan Scrivener
Account of the life of Dr John Hume, physician to the Duke of Wellington, and his links to Hanwell Asylum.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(4) 18-19 (December 2008)

Thoughts of an Evacuee in World War II (Part 2) - John Noble
Concluding part of the recollections from an evacuee from Ealing to Quainton, BKM during World War II.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(4) 21-25 (December 2008)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes from talks given to the Society at our monthly meetings: Jane Horton on health care in bygone days, Michael Gandy on Huguenot Ancestry, Carol Sweetland on Stanwell.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(4) 26-31 (December 2008)

World Wide Web
Some favourite websites as suggested by members of the Society.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 26(4) 32-33 (December 2008)




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 17th August 2017 at Montague Hall, Hounslow. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Janet Few titled Toleration or Turmoil? English Non-Conformity and our Ancestors.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday August 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The online option for the Journal

All members who have provided us an email have now been asked if they would prefer to receive their copy of the journal by email attachment (saves shelf space, and is in full colour). 24 of you have taken this option. That's a nice saving on printing and postage costs - Thank-you.


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Recent updates

21-July-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

21-July-2017

New item added to library page.

11-July-2017

Online journal mentioned on Journal page.

6-July-2017

Committee minutes for May added to Members Area.

16-June-2017

New image (and tip) of the month.

13-June-2017

Memorial Inscriptions of All Saints, Fulham are added.

23-May-2017

Protestation Returns now includes images of the pages.


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