West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 37 (2019)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in our journals of 2019. The last four published 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 2020.

Ramblings of an Editor - The DNA Question
Ann Greene briefly reviews the value of DNA testing for family history research.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 7 (March 2019)

Can DNA Tests Help You? - FFHS
This is a reprint of a well-researched article by the Federation of Family History Societies on the value, or otherwise, of DNA testing for researching into family history.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 8-11 (March 2019)

Monthly Talks - Roland Bostock, Ann Greene and John Seaman
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Susan Moore on Chancery Proceedings (October); Impromptu meeting when speaker was unable to get to the meeting (November); Christmas celebrations (December); Ann Greene on Hounslow's Special Constables in WWI (January).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 13-19 (March 2019)

The Police Strikes of 1918 and 1919 - Ann Greene
Ann provides a summary of the Police Strikes of 1918 and 1919. In 1918 the Government acceded to the strikers requests and police pay was increased. In 1919 the strikers were sacked from their jobs.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 19-20 (March 2019)

My Grandfather's Armorial Bearings - Roland Bostock
Roland shows off the Armorial Bearings of his grandfather, as granted by the College of Arms, and gives a proper description of the various elements to the Armorial Bearings.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 21-23 (March 2019)

The Burial of Benjamin and Catto Blake in Shepperton - John Seaman
This a reprint of John's article by the same name from 2008. It is about the burials of two slaves from the West Indies and how they may have come to be buried in Shepperton.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 26-28 (March 2019)

Secret Lives Conference - Carole Steers
Carole gives an insight into the talks and goings on at this well attended conference, hosted by AGRA, the Society of Genealogists, the Guild of One-Name Studies, and The Halsted Trust.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 29-30 (March 2019)

One Name Studies
The Liddiard Family History Soiety invite anyone with a connection to the family to attend their second family gathering in April 2019.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 34 (March 2019)

Recent Website Updates - Roland Bostock
Roland describes recent additions to the website, in particular what can now be discovered from the Parish Information page.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 37(1) 37-38 (March 2019)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 18th April 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Judy Hill titled Misdoings and Misdemeanours (The Life of the Victorian Housemaid).

Next Fair

The next fair we will be attending is Family Tree Live at Alexandra Palace on 26/27th April 2019.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 18th May from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Previous news

Recent updates


Contacts page amended post-AGM.


New image (and tip) of the month.


A new page titled Newspapers has been added under the Research tab.


A new page titled DNA Testing has been added under the Research tab.


Committee minutes for January 2019 added to Members Area.


The Fairs page has been updated.


See Baptisms Search. 7,400 baptisms have been added for All Saints, Isleworth 1784-1807 and 1852-1890.

Previous updates

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