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Jun
28

So why do you study family history?

Dick Eastman's Newsletter of 7 June 2018 asked the question 'Why do we study genealogy? Genealogy is defined as the direct descent of an individual or group from an ancestor. It is a simpler question than 'Why do we study family history'. Family History I believe is to research not only our lines of descent but also the details of our family member...
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Jun
27

Teaching an old dog old tricks.

At the AGM 2018 I purchased one of the surplus books from the Society Library. At 20p it was too good to pass over and it had so many interesting subjects, which I had still to learn their value. It's a copy of English Genealogical Congress, Selected papers given at the Congress of 1978 and 1984. Published by English Genealogical Congress c/o Socie...
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Jun
26

Blog Library Request – Bethel – Bromley Chapel - Dickens.

Query. 25 June 2020. I've found out that my ancestors were married at "the Independent" Chapel in Bromley on 25 July 1860. I was wondering if there was any information or parish registers that the NWKHS has on the Independent Chapel. My family seem to have been quite religious and non-conformists (not really sure what that means) and Annie and Fred...
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Jun
16

Blog donation to the Library – Stoneham and Ivimy families.

16th June 2020 Stoneham Brage Builders of the River Thames 1797-1881 A description of three generations of our barge-building ancestors Audrey E Cirillo's book on the Stoneham and Ivimy families was produced as a self-publication in 2002. She writes in the forward that 'she had written the following narrative not only for my satisfaction but also a...
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Jun
09

Blog donation to the Library – Crockenhill, Kent.

9th June 2020 The Society Library has been donated a number of postcards and photos of old Crockenhill, inherited from Agnes Abdey (nee Luxford). She worked for many years at the village stores for the Kingsnorth family. We are interested in these photographs as the Society Library has a photograph collection of pictures that have been donated. The...
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Jun
05

Blog request of the Library – Thomas Pound

Query 4th June 2020. I am wondering if you might be able to give me some assistance in my family history research. I am trying to find the baptism of my gt-gt-grandfather Thomas Pound whose entry in the family bible states that he was born on 5th February 1813 and christened in Chatham, but no specific date for that is given. They were a Navy famil...
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Jun
05

Blog request of the Library – Fogarty or Seymour.

Query 4 June 2020 Query from Albany, Western Australia. Two members of my family, Aunts Mabel Elsie Wheeler and Beatrice Nial are buried in Bexley. My Grandfather, William Fogarty, could be William Seymour also died in the area around 1948. The two aunts went to his funeral, they were living at 73 and 51 Rowley Avenue Sidcup at the time, we have he...
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May
19

Blog request of the Library – Bromley Little Theatre.

Query 15 May 2020 I am a member of Bromley little theatre and I'm embarking on a project to make a video of the theatre's history, most of the video will just be a guided tour for posterity, but I'm hoping to start it with a brief history of the building we think the theatre was originally a bakery but I can't find any proof of this, in fact I can'...
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May
08

Blog request of the Library - Question WW2 soldier.

Query 8 May 2020 I'm searching information on soldiers who are buried at the local cemetery in Enschede (Holland). One of the men buried there is Clarence Paul Carver and I still have little information from him. I found information that he used to live in Kent that's why I sent this message. Do you have any information on him or know someone who h...
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May
07

Blog request of the Library - Early Census (CD-ROM)

 Query 7 May 2020 Please could you advise whether the above CD includes Rochester and Chatham? Also is this just numerical data or does it include the names and/or occupations of people resident. I have an ancestor who was born elsewhere but was a cutler in Rochester from c1825 to 1847 when he died. I am trying to find out when he arrived in R...
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May
06

Blog request of the Library – East Street, Plumstead in 1891 Census

 Query 6 May 2020 Can I ask please, have you ever heard of EAST STREET, PLUMSTEAD, or possibly LAST STREET? It appears on the 1891 Census. Answer 7 May 2020 One of our researchers wrote. If memory serves me well East Street was down near Siemens Factory (which became AEI where he had spent his apprenticeship) and this area is now an industrial...
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May
04

Blog request of the Library - Request from Australia re Canterbury, Kent.

Query 4 May 2020 I have a strange request which I hope you may be able to help me with. I'm in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, looking for ancestors. I have an address which google earth isn't showing. Ancestry.com is too hard for me and I don't know how else to find information. I google mapped around Canterbury and came up with you. Do you ...
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Apr
30

Blog request of the Library - Woolwich Arsenal Record

Query 30 April 2020 Can you tell me if there are any employment records that still exist relating to the employees of the Royal Arsenal Woolwich. My Father and Grandfather both worked there and I am trying to find out more information if that is possible. Answer 30 April 2020 The records we have are on the web site, but there are not many modern re...
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Apr
27

Blog request of the Library - Deptford Parish Registers.

Query 27 April 2020. I am researching my family history and I know they were living in Deptford in the late 16th century so I would dearly love to have sight of the relevant registers for that time. I see from the FamilySearch website that your society has produced a 4CD set of images of the St. Nicholas registers and I wonder if it is possible to ...
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Apr
09

Blog request of the Library - Request from Australia.

Query 9 April 2020 I live in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. I was born in the UK and my family come from the village of Sandhurst in Kent. Samuel Reeves moved to Bermondsey in 1825. Their family name was Reeves. I am a member of Ancestry, but appear to have exhausted all the information they can provide. I was hoping that you could provide me wi...
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Feb
20

Latest Journal Published!

The 2020 March edition of 'The Journal' is available to view by members within the Members Only Area.
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Jan
22

Introduction to using Family Search website

An introduction to using Family Search website is now available  for a short period of time (1 month) within the Members Only Area. To access this PDF go to the Members home page and click on the last button towards the foot of the page entitled Family Search.
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Dec
06

Updates!

The Master Catalogue has been updated this month (December) and also the Microfiche and Microfilm Catalogue is now available to view..... see under RESOURCES>Library Catalogues menus....
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Nov
15

Tunbridge Wells FHS Archived Journals

All of the past Tunbridge Wells FHS Journals (65 in total) are now available within the Members Only Area (M.O.A.) 
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Oct
30

Workshops 2020!

The workshops listing for 2020 is now available. The next 5 forthcoming workshops can be seen on the Events page (drop down menu under COMMUNITY ). The full listing can be seen on the Workshops page (drop down menu under COMMUNITY) Start making note in your diary and don't forget to book! 
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