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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Free British Military Searchable Index. Kent War Memorial Transcription Project. Stapelhurst, Kent, Free to view transcriptions of Parish Registers. NWKFHS Meetings.

Military Genealogy has a free searchable index of over 2 million UK Armed Forces personnel starting from 1630. The index search will give you the number of personnel of any given name, the period the name occurs, e.g. Napoleonic Wars, Boer War, WWI, WWII and the Regiment or Ship that they served in or on.

If you wish more details you can subscribe to the site for a 3, 6, or 12 month period. The subscription gives full unlimited access to the site. (It is a shame other subscription sites do not follow this example).  The index can be searched Here 

Kent War Memorial Transcription Project.

This site is Kent's largest and most comprehensive online civic war memorials commemoration website. It covers all the Kent boroughs, districts and parishes and the South East London (GLC) boroughs that were in Kent until the 1920's. It contains Transcripts of 526 memorials and many photographs of the war memorials listed. The work is ongoing to include more. There are also many links inside to other Memorial websites.    Kent War Memorials

The site also has details of casualties whose names were never officially recorded by the authorities and many of whom were buried in unmarked paupers’ graves. To date they have taken up 118 such cases with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). So far 47 of these cases have been approved by the CWGC and some others are being appealed.  Kent's Forgotten Men

At Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles you can find details of the men listed in the Roll of Honour, 1914-1914 casualties and much more.

Stapelhurst, Kent. Free to view transcriptions of Parish Registers.

If you are researching your family history and your ancestors or family lived in Staplehurst Kent you can view free of charge transcriptions of the Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers of All Saints, Staplehurst. They cover the period 1538 - 1900 for baptisms; 1538 - 1883 for marriages and 1538 - 1873 for burials. Banns from 1754 - 1809.The Transcriptions can be found  HERE

The marriage transcriptions contain both the Bride and the Groom's names and can be searched by Brides surname.

An Index of Wills and Inventories from 1449 to 1857 can be found on the same site at Wills and Inventories  Other indexes such as Marriage Licences can be found at Other Information

NWKFHS Meetings and Talks.
Did your ancestors live or come from the Kent and South East London areas and are you are researching them and the community they lived in? Why not see what NWKFHS can do to help.  If you are in the area or can make a trip why not visit one of the Branch meetings? It will give you the opportunity to meet like minded people, discover what is available to  help you and at the same time hear a talk by an expert in their field. 

NWKFHS has 3 branches where you are welcome to come along and see how they could help and you can meet fellow family historians. More details of all Branch meetings can be found at NWKFHS Branches and should be checked first before making any journey.

Over the next couple of months the meetings and talks are as follows:-

Bromley Branch. Bromley Methodist Church,
College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS
Start 10.30am. 

18 June 2011.  Timothy Cox "I do like to be beside the seaside" - the development of seaside holidays
16 July 2011. Helen Allinson Farewell to Kent - assisted emigration from Kent in the 19th century
20 August 2011. Ian Waller You may wish you had never started this! - overcoming the challenges of FH research

Dartford Branch. Dartford Technology College,
Heath Lane, Dartford, Kent
Start 10.30am

4 June 2011. Chris Taft The Rise of the Post Office Underground Railway
2 July 2011. Francine Payne The History of the Darenth Hospitals
6 August 2011 Peter Hartley A Royal Interlude

Sevenoaks Branch. Sevenoaks Community Centre,
Otford Road, Sevenoaks, Kent
Start 7.15pm.

9 June 2011. Audrey Gillett Nobody Knew - Nobody Cared
14 July 2011. Ian Waller Sold, Separated & Divorced
August 2011. No Meeting

You can also visit the Society Library Summerhouse Drive, Joydens Wood Estate, Bexley, DA5 2EE  where experienced Family Historians are on hand to help and advise. The full details can be found at Society Library 

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