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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Northfleet History Group. North West Kent FHS Workshops for Members. London Fire Brigade Photo and Image Library from 1860

Northfleet History Group.

The Northfleet History Group website is a site worth looking at if you had ancestors or family who lived in the area. There a some photographs of Northfleet and details of the talks being held. You can also read postings on the forum. Many of them are about the history of the area and personal recollections about people and business going back in time.

North West Kent FHS Workshops for Members.

The NWKFHS has started to run a series of Workshops for members. Held at the Society Library at Summerhouse Drive, Joydens Wood Estate, Bexley, DA5 2EE. The number of people at each workshop is kept to a maximum of 10.

Some of the workshops held to date have been 'sell outs' with reserve list having to be set up and some workshops being run twice to cater for the interest. Dr Alan Stapleton has ran a workshop on ‘An overview and getting started on Family Tree Maker’ and Jean Stirk has ran a workshop on ‘Reading old documents’

David Cufley, President of the Society, is running a workshop on 20th July,  ‘Drawing charts and trees by hand as a research tool' Though this one is fully booked David is running a second one on the 27th July. However, this one is also nearly fully booked. Cost have been kept low, £5 per workshop to enable as many as possible to take advantage of these workshops.

If you are a member interested in future workshops or would like to see how family history societies can help you in many different ways with your research more details can be found at NWKFHS Library Workshops While you are on the site why not look at the Library page at NWKFHS Library or the research page at NWKFHS Research Service to see some of the other ways that you can be helped by a Family History Society.

London Fire Brigade Photo and Image Library.

Many of the former Kent Parishes are now South East London Boroughs. Many records that apply to them can be found in 'London' records, archives and websites. The London Fire Brigade Photo Library is an example.

Here you can find photographs of Fire stations/crew and equipment. There are over 200 of the period 1860 - 1920 and there are many hundreds of photos of the years after 1920. These include those of Blackheath, Eltham etc. The images are free to view, though if you want copies there is a charge.  

If you had ancestors or family who worked in the London Fire Brigade area from 1860 onwards this site will give you important photographic background information on the men and the service.

Also on the London Fire Brigade site at London Fire Brigade History can be found a history of the Fire Brigade and fire fighting in London from the Great Fire of London through the first Fire Brigades in the 19th Century to the World War II and today.. You can find galleries that illustrate the Uniforms, Equipment and Fire Engines past and present.

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