West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 35 (2017)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in our journals of 2017. Our last four journals may only be viewed by Society members or our Exchange Journal partners using Our Recent Journals page, which is password protected.

An index for the year will be provided in Spring 2018.

Joan Scrivener - Kay Dudman, Yvonne Masson, Bridget Purr and Muriel Sprott
An appreciation of Joan Scrivener, honorary member of the Society, who died 1st October 2016.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 4 (March 2017)

Hatton - Another Lost Hamlet - Philip Sherwood
Philip describes some of the buildings in Hatton which were demolished to make way for the expansion of Heathrow Airport in the late 1940s.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 5-7(March 2017)

Pioneers of Esperanto in West Middlesex - Bill Chapman
Bill provides a list of the early speakers of Esperanto in West Middlesex, and examines the lives of a few of them, and how they contributed to establishing the international language in our area.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 8-11 (March 2017)

Some Interesting Gravestones at St. Nicholas, Chiswick - Roland Bostock
Roland describes some of the more interesting, and challenging, gravestones he encountered when recording all the gravestones at St. Nicholas, Chiswick.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 12-15 (March 2017)

Snippets from the Records of Civil Defence in Ealing - 1945 - John Harman
This is an account of the war-time experience of John's father, Maurice Harman, who was a member of the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) and later the Civil Defence Rescue Service in Ealing.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 16-18 (March 2017)

Private Ingram - Family sought for WWI Medal return - Keith Griffiths
Keith appeals to find the next of kin of Private Ingram, after finding his British War Medal among his father's possessions.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 19 (March 2017)

Copyright Essentials Course - Ann Greene
Ann informs us of the basics of Copyright Law, and how it can affect us putting together our family histories. She provides several useful references for those needing further information.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 20-23 (March 2017)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson, Muriel Sprott
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Ian Waller on Convict Transport (October); War Memorials in the Borough of Hounslow by David Bright (November); and Christmas on the Home Front by Mike Brown (December).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 24-29 (March 2017)

Bookshelf - Rob and Bridget Purr
The Purrs review: The Spyglass File, a Genealogical Crime Mystery by Nathan Dylan Goodwin; Probate Jurisdictions: Where to Look for Wills by Jeremy Gibson; and Irish Family History, a Beginner's Guide by Stuart A. Raymond.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(1) 30-31 (March 2017)

WMFHS Advice Sessions
Detail of the Advice Sessions programme for the rest of the year.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 3 (June 2017)

A Dying Trade - Patricia Candler
Pat tells of her voyage of discovery to find out more about her Irish ancestors.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 4-8 (June 2017)

Change of Name by Royal Licence and Authority - John Seaman
A short account of why William Thomas Darby changed his surname to Saint Quintin.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 9 (June 2017)

Johan Richard Schramm - Graham Bird
Graham provides follow-up information on Johan Richard Schramm, whose gravestone was reported on in the March Journal.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 10 (June 2017)

London Metropolitan Archives
An appeal for volunteers.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 11 (June 2017)

Family History News Roundup
A press release about the launch of the Journal of Genealogy and Family History. The Parliamentary Archive has announced plans to digitise the Protestation Returns of 1642. The GRO is trialling providing PDF copies of marriage certificates as a cheaper alternative to receiving a printed copy of the original certificate. The FFHS has announced a Family History Competition for children aged 5-16 years. A press release from the London FamilySearch Centre currently located at TNA, Kew.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 12-15 (June 2017)

The Annual General Meeting
Reports and the Accounts from the AGM held on 16th March 2017.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 16-22 (June 2017)

The National Army Museum. Museum of English Rural Life. World War One Love Letters Appeal.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 23 (June 2017)

Monthly Talks - Roland Bostock, Ann Greene, Muriel Sprott
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Paul Blake on London Genealogy - or the Metropolitan Nightmare (January); Beverley Walker on Was Your Ancestor a Gypsy? (February); Steve Hookins on Meet Mr. Warden (March).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 24-33 (June 2017)

On the Middleton Family, and Savory Family.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 35 (June 2017)

Your Ancestors - An Appeal - Bridget Purr
The editor invites members to submit articles on their forebears.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 35(2) 36 (June 2017)

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.

Previous news

Recent updates


Record Offices page updated (for Hounslow Local Studies move to Feltham Library).


Memorial Inscriptions of St. John, Uxbridge are added.


New image (and tip) of the month.


New item added to library page.


Online journal mentioned on Journal page.


Committee minutes for May added to Members Area.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Memorial Inscriptions of All Saints, Fulham are added.

Previous updates

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