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)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our meetings have resumed, and are open to all, not just those within range of Isleworth. See the Meetings page . On August 20th Kirsty Gray will be giving a talk titled 'A-Z of Victorian Occupations'.

Next Fair

Our attendance at fairs is severely impacted by the coronavirus situation. The next fair still on schedule is not until September.

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.

Previous news

Recent updates


New image (and tip) of the month.


Committee minutes for May 2020 added to Members Area.


New image (and tip) of the month.


The Meetings page has been updated and now shows our new programme of virtual talks.


The Memorial Inscriptions of St. George, Hanworth are added.


See our Access Exchange Journals page. You can now see all issues of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador journal.

Previous updates

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