West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 38 (2020)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in our journals of 2020. 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 2021.

Monthly Talks - Ann Greene and John Seaman
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Gill Thomas on One Street Studies (November); Christmas celebrations (December); Yvonne Hewett and Paul Leonard on A Brief History of York House, Twickenham (January).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 7-13 (March 2020)

A Notorious Ancestor - and curious nineteenth century justice - Margaret Watson
Margaret's investigation into her ancestors finds her on the trail of Charles Gray. He was not with his family in 1861 as he was in the county jail, and he seems to be in permanent trouble with the law.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 14-17 (March 2020)

Matthews Brothers of Staines - Martin Matthews
Martin examines the life of the Matthews family in Staines about the end of the 19th century, when most of the family were engaged in the Gentleman's Outfitting business. The editor also contributes on the significant public buildings in Staines.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 18-22 (March 2020)

St. Lawrence Church, Brentford and associated graveyard and cemetery. Help needed. David Shailes & Jim Storrar
This is an appeal for help about those who were buried at St. Lawrence, which is now derelict.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 23 (March 2020)

Brian Page asks for feedback on the 2019 version of Family Tree Maker.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 24 (March 2020)

Recent website updates - Roland Bostock
Webmaster Roland outlines recent additions to the website: Parish Maps, a new Church Index, a new Burial Places Index, Poor Law records, the Society's Data Privacy Policy, and 'On Joining the Committee'.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 25-27 (March 2020)

West Middlesex Family History Matters This item includes the full text of a short document that has also been placed on the website, titled: On Being a Committee Member. There's no great mystery about it, but this piece aims to answer most of the questions that anyone considering joining the committee is likely to ask.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(1) 32-35 (March 2020)

Monthly Talks - Ann Greene
Notes on the talks given at a recent meeting: John Collis on I wish I had asked more questions (February). The March and April meetungs were cancelled on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(2) 5-7 (June 2020)

Reckingen's Englishman or the minister's son: the story of a forgotten romantic novelist from Chiswick - James Marshall
James tells the story of an eccentric English gentleman named Percy Azleby Vincenti de Pereda Donovan, and his travels from Chiswick to The Valley of the Goms in Switzerland.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(2) 8-13 (June 2020)

Harry Caswill in Chiswick - Chris Caswill
Chris digs into his family's past and presents the life story of Harry Caswill, born 1891 in Chiswick, West London. Having emigrated to Canada Harry returned to England in 1914 to enlist in the Canadian Mounted Rifles. The story will continue in September's journal.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(2) 14-16 (June 2020)

St. John's, Hillingdon, a churchyard with surprises - Roland Bostock
Roland highlights some of the unusual graves found at St. John's, Hillingdon when reading the inscriptions there.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(2) 17-21 (June 2020)

Monthly Talks - Roland Bostock
Notes on the talks given at recent meetings: Janet Few on Sons of the Soil: Tracing ypur Agricultural Labouring Ancestors (July). This was our first online talk from a virtual meeting after the meetings scheduled for March, April, May and June had been cancelled due to coronavirus rectrictions.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 10-11 (September 2020)

George Horton Wood 1911-1990 - April Wood Ashton
April gives an account of the life of her uncle George Horton Wood.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 12-13 (September 2020)

Making our data work for us - Roland Bostock
This article was written for the March issue of the Family History Federations' Member Society Newsletter. It provides an account of the various data that the Society has submitted to Find My Past over the last 17 years, and shows how much revenue each type of data earns for us.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 14-17 (September 2020)

Harry Caswill in Chiswick (Part 2) - Chris Caswill
Chris continues the story of Harry Caswill and his family, with focus on the war years. Harry died in 1944 aged 52 years.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 18-21 (September 2020)

A Pinch of Salt? - Patricia Williamson
Patricia investigates her great grandfather, reputed to appear in a novel as 'Old Will, the gardener', and she finds the reference - to Good Will, the gamekeeper. .
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 22-23 (September 2020)

Lady Jane Coke, Anna Maria Draycott and Lord Pomfret - John Seaman
John unravels the story behind a statement in the Bath Chronicle of January 1761 that the body of Lady Jane Coke was taken to be buried in the family vault at Sunbury.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 23-24 (September 2020)

The Strangest Pub Name in the World??
Hillingdon Library helps to identify the pub - called "Who'd Have Thought It?".
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 26 (September 2020)

Be sure your sin will find you out - Muriel Sprott
Among her ancestors Muriel finds the birth certificate for one Edwin Vivian Hann, with father's name not given. Muriel tells how she found the father's name.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 38(3) 27 (September 2020)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our meetings have resumed, and are open to all, not just those within range of Isleworth. See the Meetings page . Our next meeting is 19th November. Speaker is still to be confirmed.

Next Fair

We shall be running our virtual stall (with chat) at the FHF Really Useful Family History Show on Saturday 14 November.

Next Advice Session

Advice sessions run at Feltham Library have had to be suspended, but advice may be requested by email. See the Advice page.

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Tickets at half price for our members for next year's family history show - see our Discounts page .


New image (and tip) of the month.


Digitised journals now go back to 1993, all fully indexed.


City of York FHS Newsletters are now added as a digital exchange journal .


Digitised journals now go back to 1994, all fully indexed.

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