Library

The Society maintains a considerable library of items collected over our 40 years history. It is mobile in that the books are contained in 7 durable plastic boxes, and the maps are stored in a map carrier. We used to bring the library to all members' meetings, but due mainly to the size (and weight) of the library we no longer do this. The main categories of items in the library are as follows:

  • Transcriptions of local parish records
  • Memorial inscriptions for local churchyards
  • General research material topics such as military records, apprentices, trades and professional directories
  • A collection of maps

All items in the library have been catalogued, and a comprehensive Library Catalogue Search facility is available. If you find any item in the library that you would like to be brought to a members' meeting, to view or to borrow, then please write a short email to the Secretary, and it will be arranged.

Our original reference materials may only be accessed at our meetings, but the item may also be among the Indexes held by members. Items such as local history books, and textbooks may be borrowed by members for a month, between meetings, or by arrangement with the Librarians.

Our considerable collection of printed exchange journals may also be borrowed between meetings. They form part of our bookstall, and may be borrowed by arrangement with the Bookstall Manager.

Accessions to the library are partly from purchases and partly from donations by members. All items will be considered for inclusion, so long as they relate to the West Middlesex area and/or are likely to benefit family historians. Members are encouraged to make recommendations for new acquisitions, either to the Executive Committee or to the Librarians.

The most recent library acquisitions are the following:

  • The Wyatt Road Infant School, Staines Log Books, 1902 - 1974 (July 2015)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Leonard, Heston (September 2015)
  • 48 maps of London, ranging 17th to 19th century (March 2016)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of Holy Trinity, Hounslow (May 2016)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Nicholas, Chiswick (November 2016)
  • The Royal Marine and the Convict (May 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of All Saints, Fulham (July 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Margaret's Uxbridge and the Old Burial Ground (July 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of Holly Road Garden of Rest, Twickenham (September 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary the Virgin, Twickenham (October 2017)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of Oak Lane Cemetery, Twickenham (November 2017)
  • The Lloyds of Harley Street Associated Family and Friends, Vol I, 1735-1865 (November 2017)
  • The Lloyds of Harley Street Associated Family and Friends, Extracts + Possible Relations (January 2018)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. James, Hampton Hill (July 2018)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary with St. Alban, Teddington (October 2018)
  • The History of The Great West Road (January 2019)
  • The Memorial Inscriptions of St. Mary, Sunbury-on-Thames (August 2019)

Members are reminded that all the Memorial Inscriptions documents produced since 2012 can be viewed as PDF files from the Digital Library page.




Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 19th September 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by John Symons titled DNA: The Story Continues.

Next Fair

The next fair we will be attending is Richmond Full of Life Fair at RFU Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, Middx on Friday 4th October.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 21st September from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These sessions need to be booked. See the Advice page.


Previous news


Recent updates

13-September-2019

MI photos are here. See the MIs coverage page. Members can now see images of gravestones at three recently completed churches.

5-September-2019

Committee minutes for July 2019 added to Members Area.

28-August-2019

Our latest movie is The Society at the London Family History Show, Sandown Park Racecourse.

16-August-2019

New image (and tip) of the month.

3-August-2019

The Memorial Inscriptions for St. Mary, Sunbury-on-Thames are added.


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