Research

This section provides a range of information intended to be useful to those researching their families in West Middlesex.

  • Our area. In 1978 the founding of our Society was co-ordinated by the Federation of Family History Societies, and it was agreed that our Society should cover the parishes to the west and south of the county while the Central Middlesex FHS and the London and North Middlesex FHS between them would cover the rest of the county. Then in 2001 these last two joined forces to form the current London, Westminster and Middlesex FHS. So definition of our area is important, and is best summarised by means of our Parish Map.

  • Detail identifying each of the old parish churches, and where their parish registers may be found, is provided by means of a lookup on our Parish Information page.

  • Taking a wider view, we also provide a Gazetteer of the Greater London area which is a searchable database of 600 place names in Greater London, and identifies in which of nine Family History Society areas each place belongs.

  • When it gets down to the detail, if your research cannot be done online then you will need to visit a Records Office. Our Records Offices and Libraries page provides basic information, including website address, for all the relevant Record Offices for our area.

  • If your research is specific to a surname then it may be that one of our members has already done related research which could be of interest. Use our Surname Interests page to see if you can take a short cut for part of your research.

  • Many of the items in our library, which are the result of research by members, are also held by those members most involved in the subject. These Indexes held by members are listed in the Journal each quarter, and may also be seen here using the link provided.

  • There is then the enormous potential of the internet for family history research. This is a very large subject, and can never be complete, but we give our best shot at identifying the main websites to visit starting from our Links to other websites page.

  • DNA testing is much talked about. See DNA Testing for a link to some very sound advice prepared for our benefit by the FFHS.

  • The Newspapers page provides information on West Middlesex newspapers which can be searched online from the British Newspaper Archive, and the much larger collection of newspaper titles which are part of the British Newspaper Collection held at the British Library.

  • The Professional Research page provides some advice if you are thinking about hiring a professional genealogist researcher.



Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 17th October 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Mark Pardoe titled The History and Architecture of London Underground Stations - Part 2.

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

20-September-2019

New image (and tip) of the month.

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.


Previous updates


© Copyright West Middlesex Family History Society 2007-2018   Home | Accessibility | Site Map | Feedback
A Member of the Federation of Family History Societies. Registered Charity No. 291906