Meetings of the Society

From 16th July 2020, until further notice, the Society has resolved to go virtual with its members' meetings. The meetings will be run using Zoom web conferencing. All you need to do when the time comes is to use the link to Start Zoom as given below. Joining a meeting is a two stage process. The common link given below takes you to a registration page where you are asked to provide your name and email address. This is actually a registration for all our future talks. Once the next meeting has opened its doors the Registration page will include a new button to actually join the meeting. You do not have to have installed the Zoom product to do this, and a video-cam, while useful, is not a prerequisite to joining the meetings either.

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 at about 8:00 pm, 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. Non-members are welcome to our meetings.

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
17 June 2021 Behind the Scenes Working for the Who Do You Think You Are? television series, followed by the Society's AGM.
Learn what goes on behind the scenes as a researcher. Focus on Gill's research for and appearances on the Johnnie Peacock and Mary Berry episodes.
Gill Blanchard
15 July 2021 The Long Paper Trail
Using the example of papers discovered in an attic, Sue demonstrates how we may find forebears hidden in private papers held in archives.
Sue Paul
19 August 2021 Posted in the Past
The man who helped prepare Kitchener's last meal and other true stories.
Helen Baggott

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 4th June 2021.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is a Zoom meeting to be held on Thursday 17th June 2021. The main part of the meeting will be a talk by Gill Blanchard titled Behind the Scenes Working for the Who Do You Think Your Are? television series'. Her talk will be followed by the Society's AGM.

Next Fair

It's a long way off. We shall be running our virtual stall (with chat) at the next FHF Really Useful Family History Show on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November 2021.

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


The DNA Testing page has been updated.


A new page showing Local history societies has been added to the Research tab .


See our Access Exchange Journals page. We now do digital journal exchange with Huddersfield & District Family History Society.


New image (and tip) of the month.


The Memorial Inscriptions for St. Mary, Ealing are added.


Committee minutes for March 2021 added to Members Area.

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