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Thursday, 29 November 2012

North West Kent Society 2nd Free e-Newsletter is available to download.

The second of the NWKFHS Newsletters can be viewed at  NWKFHS e-Newsletter The editor is keen to develop the Newsletter if you have any ideas or would like to contribute please contact the editor at NWKFHS Editor

Ladywell and Brockley Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions Free database. 

If any of your ancestors or their family lived in the area covered in the area covered by Ladywell and Brockley area of South East London (Formerly N W Kent) and you are looking for any of their burials in might be worthwhile having a look at the Free database. It is free to search and to view the results. 

The information as originally recorded doesn't contain the full text of each inscription, but nonetheless retains most of the genealogical information including relationships of people on each gravestone. The database can be found at Ladywell and Brockley MI's

Gift membership to the NWKFHS.

Looking for an unusual present, for Christmas, a birthday, anniversary or some other special occasion? Why not give your friend or family member a gift of Society membership. Gift membership delivers fully paid membership of the Society until the end of the calendar year, for the same fee as a standard membership. Details can be found at NWKFHS Gift Membership  the form can be found at NWKFHS Gift Form

Elsewhere in Kent.

Barham Village Genealogy website.

This is another example of a website set up and operated to provide information about the area and free family history records including births and baptism from 1700-1908. Barnham Village.

Hastingleigh, Kent is an another such site, it contains early photographs of the area, cemetery inscriptions and much more. Hastingleigh


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Public Libraries News.

If you are interested and concerned about your local Library and of Libraries in the future you might interested in Public Libraries News It will keep you up to date with what is happening, what the Councils, including Kent, are up to. There are also reports from different groups such as Volunteer libraries: Third Sector article sets cat amongst pigeons once more You can also subscribe to a regular Newsletter.
History of Public Transport in, South East London, and North West Kent.

This is a fascinating site with lots of information and many photographs of various types of public transportation in our area 50 or 60 years ago, some even further back in time.
There is a lot to explore on this site and if you had family or lived in the area in the past you are sure to find something of interest.    History of Transport-SE London and NW Kent
The Mills Archive - Directory of Kent Mill People.

Was one of your ancestors or one of their family connected with a Mill in Kent? If so you might wish to have a look at Kent Mill People
from various sources of people at various Kent Mills.
Hasted's History of Kent-1797.

Though written over 200 years ago it is one of the most detailed account of Kent. Covered in 12 volumes it provides information about and gives a history of all the parishes in Kent. Normally you would have to go to a Library or Archives to consult these volumes but all 12 volumes can be read at British History on Line.

Some news of Archive closures.

Birmingham Archives and Heritage. 

Closure of Search room from Monday 26th November 2012 until 3rd September 2013
in preparation of the move to the new Library of Birmingham.  The last day the archives search room will be open is Friday 23rd November 2012. For more information see BAH
Suffolk Record Office.
Due to changes being made the microfilm room at Ipswich will be closed from 6th December to 15 December 2012 to allow for some additional shelving to be installed. This will then house the SFHS library as well as material from the collection, which is currently housed in the strongroom.

There will be no access to the film and fiche during this time, nor will they be producing originals instead. See SRO for further information.

The West Sussex Record Office.

Will be closed for stocktaking  Monday 3 December to Saturday 15 December inclusive, reopening on Monday 17 December 2012. The Record Office will also be closed on 25 and 26 December, reopening on Thursday 27 December. It will also be closed on Tuesday 1 January 2013, reopening on Wednesday 2 January 2013. See WSRO  for more information.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

North West Kent Family History Meetings for December 2012.

Dartford Branch. Dartford Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford.   The meetings room is the New Auditorium. This should be open from 9.45am with the meeting proper starting at 10.30am.There is plenty of parking. Visitors are Welcome, a Donation is appreciated.

Saturday 1st December 2012. Dr Colin Chapman Christmases Past: Some Festive Customs and Traditions.

Sevenoaks Branch. Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road (at junction with Crampton Rd.), Sevenoaks, at 7.15pm. There is plenty of Parking. Visitors are Welcome, a Donation is appreciated.

Thursday 13 December 2012. Bob Ogley In the Wake of the Hurricane.

There are Bookstalls and advice about Family History available at all NWKFHS Branches.

Please check the website or this blog before travelling to any meeting to ensure that there are no changes to the programme.

NWKFHS Branch Newsletters for Dartford and Sevenoaks can be viewed or downloaded Free at Society Meetings.

NWKFHS Society e-Newsletter can be viewed or downloaded free at NWKFHS

Other Society Meetings in Kent.

Bexley Historical Society.  The Huxtable Hall, St Martin's Church, Erith Road, Barnehurst, Kent DA7 6LE (near Bexleyheath Bus Garage) at 7.45pm for 8pm.

Monday 10th December 2012. A Personal History of Belvedere, by Ken Chamberlain. More details can be found at BHS Meetings 

Societies in Kent.

Blackfen Past and Present is a website with information about Blackfen in the Borough of Bexley, Kent. There are photographs website and anyone with an interest in Blackfen is encouraged to share their memories and thoughts.

Other News.

War Memorials Online This site brings together  information on the UK’s war memorials held by the leading experts. It  provides an unprecedented opportunity for the public to upload images of war memorials and log concerns for the conservation of these important community and historical sources for future generations.
The aim is create a complete picture of war memorials across the country. To do this the public is asked to help to ensure there are records for all of the UK’s war memorials. The Public is also asked to help ensure at risk memorials can be found before it is too late to save them. Anyone and everyone can get involved in discovering and registering war memorials for future generations.
The Project is a collaboration between War Memorials Trust, IWMs  War Memorials Archive (formerly UK National Inventory of War Memorials) English Heritage and members of the public.