Meetings of the Society

The status as at the end of January is that we plan for the majority of future meetings, starting with the February meeting, to be hybrid Zoom meetings with the speaker usually being remote, but sometimes speaking from St. John's Centre. The programme will make clear where the speaker is speaking from.

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 meeting room 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 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 Title & Synopsis Speaker
16 June 2022
St.John's meeting, speaker is remote on Zoom
My British Raj Family - early days.
An in depth look at one family history that includes three ancestors in the British Raj, but from very different backgrounds.
Jenny Mallin
21 July 2022
St.John's meeting, speaker is local and on Zoom
Old London Bridge: the one with the houses on top.
Bridges over rivers are so important, even more so when it’s an early crossing-point of the River Thames. And houses on the bridge – how secure can their foundations be?
Rob Kayne
18 August 2022
St.John's meeting
To be confirmed.

15 Sept 2022
St.John's meeting, speaker is local and on Zoom
The 1921 Census.

Alan Rice
29 Oct 2022
St.John's meeting, speaker is local and on Zoom
The National Archive.

Jessamy Carlson

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 programme of virtual meetings see this link, where you will see specific links to register for any of their virtual talks.

Society news

Notice Board

The Notice Board was last updated on 20th May 2022.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is a hybrid Zoom meeting, the speaker being remote, and members being remote or at St. John's Centre, Isleworth, to be held on Thursday 16th June 2022. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Jenny Mallin titled My British Raj Family - early days

Next Fair

Our next family history fair is The Family History Show on 24th September 2022.

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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