Developing the original version of this site was a joint venture by a number of Society members. The content was mapped out in early 1997 by Peter Searle, David Cufley (formerly Society chairman), and myself, Stephen Archer. It was formally launched in March 1998, and we acquired our own domain name in October 2001.
The site now contains about 1,537 pages, of which 446 comprise the Parish Gazetteer, and around 1,000 pages cover the searchable data. There are about 40 'static' pages, these are edited manually. All the other pages (Gazetteer, Publications, Members' Interests, Journal Contents, Searchable Data) are generated automatically from various databases.
I extensively revamped the site in June-September 2005 and now use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) on all pages. The new site was relaunched in February 2006. If viewing the site using Internet Explorer, it looks best with version 5.5 or later.
In 2006 we entered and won the Website Award competition run by the Federation of Family History Societies. See the Website Award page.
The Parish Gazetteer church photos were mainly taken by myself since 1997, with a few (1989-90) from earlier trips. They were scanned and cleaned up by Tony Field (sadly no longer with us). Improved digital camera versions are uploaded from time to time.
If you have any comments or suggestions on the site content, please email me at
|Parish Gazetteer||An on-going project. More photos to be added, especially to expand the set of pictures of Victorian churches - C of E, non-conformist & Catholic. The web photos are of limited resolution (400x300 pixels), but higher resolution versions may be made available for download in due course.|
|Oct 2014||Record Offices||Page added with map of Record Office coverage in west Kent, with links to their websites.|
|Oct 2014||Gazetteer||Added six more church photos of churches in Gravesend, see the Milton-next-Gravesend page.|
|Jan 2014||World War I||Page added to commemorate WWI centenary.|
|Dec 2012||Minor re-launch||Re-jigged home page navigation & revised colour-scheme etc. Added downloadable PDFs of back journals.|
|Nov 2012||General||Home page navigation revised, also many minor stylistic changes.|
|Oct 2012||Members Interests||Replaced Chapman county codes with full county names.|
|Jan 2011||Research Service||Page describing look-up services replaced with the Society Research Service page.|
|Sep 2010||Bursary||Added a page describing the Josephine Birchenough Bursary Award Scheme page.|
|Sep 2008||DNA||Added a DNA for Family History page.|
|Aug-Sep 2008||Church Photos||Added new photos for Kidbrooke (St James), Green St Green Baptist. Improved photos for Knockholt, Plumstead, Charlton.|
|Apr 2008||Publications||Added a Publications News page.|
|Jan 2008||Searchable Data||First searchable datasets added:  Ladywell & Brockley Cemetery MI's and  Bromley 1861 Census.|
|Jan 2008||Church Photos||Added photo for Edenbridge Baptist Church, also better photos for Capel, Knockholt, St Mary Cray - all contributed by Bryan Matthews.|
|Jul 2007||Publications||Added a contact email address to the main Publications page.|
|Jul 2007||Society Area||New map, showing the whole of the 'West Kent Sources' area.|
|Jun 2007||Latest News||Added a page describing the recent taskholders meeting.|
|May 2007||Publications||New section added to publications pages for the Riverside parish register transcripts, now available on CD-Rom as well as m/fiche.|
|Apr 2007||Committee Liaison||As part of his role as Computer Rep. on the Society Committee, Ron Anthony takes on website liaison.|
|Apr 2007||AGM||Added a page reporting on the Society AGM at Cobham Hall and a page describing a family history exhibition held in Bromley Library, Oct 2006.|
|Oct 2006||Browser||Added browser bookmark icon.|
|Oct 2006||Church Photos||Photos added for 10 Victorian churches in Bromley, also churches in Eltham and the Sevenoaks area.|
|Sep 2006||Website Award||Society wins the Best Website award for 2006, in a competition run by the Federation of Family History Societies. Results were announced at the Family History Conference in Northampton on 2nd September. See the Website Award page.|
|Aug 2006||Church Photos||New photos added of several Victorian churches, especially in the Greenwich / Deptford / Blackheath area.|
|Aug 2006||Coach Trips||Added new page to cover Coach Trips for Society members.|
|Jul/Aug 2006||Parish Gazetteer||Various additions and corrections to gazetteer pages, including detail maps for several outer London parishes, and a new index page arranged by church dedication. Several new and replacement church photos added (all now digital). The remaining photos re-scanned from prints and improved - cropped to a standard size, colour/perspective corrections applied, and dates added. Links from parish gazetteer pages to publications pages added/updated.|
|Jul/Aug 2006||Society Officers||Several more photos added, see Society Officers page.|
|July 2006||Members' Interests||Stripped surname interests for all ex-members.|
|May 2006||Constitution||Society Constitution made available on-line (PDF format). See Society Constitution.|
|April 2006||Library||Latest version of the Library Catalogue (Excel spreadsheet) made available for download. See Society Library.|
|April 2006||Society Officers||Photos added for some of the Society's committee members etc. See Society Officers.|
|April 2006||Back Journals||All the remaining journals (Volume 10, 2004-06) added to the contents listings on the Back Journals page (thanks to Chris Barnett for compiling these).|
|February 2006||Re-launch||Website completely re-designed and relaunched, using CSS (cascading style sheets) for the first time. The West Kent Parish Gazetteer expanded significantly, and the Journal Contents listings extended to 2003. All pages reviewed and edited, new pages for Society TimeLine and the quarterly Journal; publications listing split into categories; a keyword search tool added to the home page.|
|May 2005||Two new pages||Two new pages added to the site: a Society Events Page, and a listing of the Tape Library.|
|April 2003||Publications||A list of Rob Cottrell's publications on microfiche and CD-Rom have been
added to the site. These are all available for purchase from the Society,
and include his Riverside Parishes series of transcripts, also the Company
of Watermen & Lightermen indexes.
See Riverside Parishes Publications and Company of Watermen & Lightermen Publications.
|March 2002||Library List||A list of main society library holdings added (see Library Page).|
|October 2001||New location!||Our website moves to a new location with its own domain name, www.nwkfhs.org.uk. Email addresses associated with each main Society office are implemented.|
|September 2001||Journal Contents||Adds Volume 4 (1986-88) to the journal contents listings.|
|April 2001||NBI||Adds a new page to cover the National Burial Index.|
|May 2000||Journal Contents||Adds Volume 3 (1983-85) to the journal contents listings, and brings Volume 8 up to date.|
|April 2000||Projects||Adds a page devoted to the Society's current Projects.|
|October 1999||Members' Interests||This update increased the size of the members' interests listings by a factor of around six, taking the number of surname research interests to more than 2,000. Most of the new entries have been extracted from the forms submitted for the next members' interests microfiche publication published with the December 1999 journal.|
|September 1999||Census||Adds a page devoted to the Society's 1851 Census Indexes.|
|August 1999||Journal Contents||Adds Volume 6 (1992-94) to the journal contents listings.|
|December 1998||Journal Contents||Adds a whole new section to the website, a listing of the contents from our quarterly journal, with subject and author indexes. See Journal Contents.|
|October 1998||Various||The former 'Society Activitites' page has now been split into two, with
separate pages for details of our Meetings and Other Services. The Meetings
page now features location maps for the three meetings venues.
A separate page has also been added for the 1999 conference - since deleted.
Ordering Society publications is now even easier, with an order form that can be printed and posted off.
|October 1998||Church Photos||Update includes the remaining church photographs for west Kent (mainly those in the Tonbridge area), so that all the ancient parishes in the Parish Gazetteer are now covered.|
|March 1998||Launch||Formal launch of our first website.|
|October 1997||Test version||A trial set of web pages developed by SA/DC/PS was uploaded to the Oxford University server, courtesy of Malcolm Austen.|
|December 1995||First web page||First web presence consists of a single page compiled by David Cufley and made available as part of GenUKI.|