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 18th July 2019 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. We entertain ourselves. The aim is to find out more from each other how we actually record our family history, by a bit of interrogation. Please come ready to share how you do it.

Next Fair

The next fair we will be attending is Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day in Aylesbury on Saturday 27th July.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 20th July from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

We have a new page

We break new ground - we have a page where we show our own movies. Take me there.


Previous news


Recent updates

6-July-2019

Committee minutes for May 2019 added to Members Area.

12-June-2019

It's another movie. Take me there.

19-May-2019

The Members' Lookup page has been updated for lookups that relate to West Sussex.

17-May-2019

New image (and tip) of the month.

15-May-2019

Meetings page updated, there is a change in our November talk.

6-May-2019

A new page titled Professional Research has been added under the Research tab.


Previous updates


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