Meetings of the Society

The status as of July 2022 is that we always hold a meeting at St. John's, Isleworth, and the meeting can always be joined via Zoom. For some of the meetings the speaker will be in the room at St. John's, for others the speaker will give their talk from home. See Date & Type in the programme below for the type of meeting.

The timing of the meetings at St. John's is: Doors open from 7pm; most people there by 7:30; meeting proper starts at 7:45 with a few announcements and then the talk.

The St. John's Centre, Isleworth

The Zoom process

The Zoom process continues to be that attendees must first register (once) using the Start Zoom link, and then when the meeting starts they should use the link again to join the actual meeting.

To be sure that you are reminded of the meeting on the day of the meeting it is recommended that you send an email to the Secretary requesting that you receive invitations to each meeting until further notice.

On meeting days the Zoom meeting will be open from 7:30 pm. Select the Start Zoom link as before, where the information you previously entered will be recalled, together with the link to actually join the meeting. Select that and you will be joined. The meeting proper will start at about 7:45 pm when the chairman will make any announcements, and take any general questions from members. The talk will begin shortly after, and with questions is scheduled to last for one hour, after which the meeting will close. Enjoy it all from the comfort of your home, or at the St. John's Centre. Non-members are welcome to our meetings.

Since October 2021 we have been recording the talks from our Zoom meetings providing the speaker has consented, so that any member who could not attend the actual meeting may none-the-less at least play back the talk itself. To see and hear the last recorded talk, please go to the Meetings Playback page.

The common link for attending our Zoom meetings

This is the common link which takes you to meeting registration and then to the meeting itself, for all meetings: Start Zoom.

This is the current programme:

Date & Type Title & Synopsis Speaker
21 December 2023
Zoom meeting, main festivity at St. John's
Christmas Special.

We are inviting members to bring along their stories of “brick walls” and how they broke through them.
18 January 2024
Zoom meeting, speaker is remote
Dating and Identifying Family History Photographs.

Dating your family history photos is an important step in the Photogenealogy process and can help you identify unknown people in the photos. This talk will provide a step-by-step strategy that will help you to estimate the date a photo was taken. Important clues to look out for will be highlighted and useful resources will be discussed.
Ann Larkham
15 February 2024
Zoom meeting, speaker is remote
Ancestors on the Move: Finding eleusive ancestors.

Dr Janet Few shares her expertise on why our ancestors migrated and techniques we can use to track them down.
Janet Few

Reciprocal arrangements with Hillingdon FHS and East Surrey FHS

With Zoom meetings now proving very popular with FHS members we have made an open invitation to members of Hillingdon FHS and East Surrey FHS to freely join any of our Zoom meetings, and both societies have reciprocated.

To see Hillingdon's talks programme follow this link. If you wish to attend any of their meetings please send an email to expressing your interest, and they will gladly put you on their list of invitees to attend future talks.

To see East Surrey's events programme, including their meetings, see this link.

Society news

Notice Board

The Notice Board was last updated on 25th October 2023 (re Claudette Durham).

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st December 2023. This will be a hybrid Zoom meeting with members at St. John's Centre, and others attending by Zoom. Members will give short talks on how they successfully broke down a "brick wall".

Next Fair

Our next family history fair is East Surrey FHS Virtual Family History Fair on Saturday 27th January 2024.

Previous news

Recent updates


New image (and tip) of the month.


Committee minutes for September 2023 added to Members Area.


Two short videos are added to Our Own You Tubes page.


New image (and tip) of the month.


New image (and tip) of the month.


A new page titled Recordings of Talks is added to the Members section.

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