Records Old and New

A Family History Day
incorporating the
37th Society Annual General Meeting
took place on
Saturday 25th April 2015
Sevenoaks Community Centre


Sevenoaks Community Centre



This was the programme for the day:

9.30amRegistration, Coffee & raffle tickets
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Members gathering in the main hall before the day's events
10.00amWelcome & notices etc.
10.15amTalk by Michael Gandy entitled   Records of the 17th and 18th Century.

From the AGM flier:

"Michael Gandy will be familar to many of you as he is a frequent contributor to our events and we are pleased to welcome him back to our AGM this year with a talk that he describes as 'Sometimes Parish Registers are not enough'. He will describe and explain other sources to help you get over your brick wall and get to know your ancestors better as people.

"Michael has over forty years of researching his own family history and is also the editor of the Genealogist Magazine."

11.30amComfort Break and last chance to buy raffle tickets.
12.00pmAnnual General Meeting
The AGM was convened at 12.00 noon and finished at 1.10pm. It was attended by 100 members and 8 visitors. Click here to read the formal minutes. The main items were as follows:

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AGM top table: Angela Bevan (Minutes Secretary), Vera Bailey (retiring Secretary), David Cufley (President), Walter Eves (Chairman), Pat Gooding (Treasurer)
This was the Agenda, with comments in italics:

1. Notice convening the Meeting
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of the 36th Annual General Meeting - circulated at the meeting, click here to read - approved
4. Matters arising from the Minutes of the 2014 AGM - none
5. Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2014 - approved
6. Report of the Committee for 2014/15 - click to read - no comments
7. Josephine Birchenough’s Bursary Award. The bursary award committee were unable to pick an overall winner this year, so the following members were each awarded a £30 prize for their articles published in the journal during 2014: Colin Willeard, Margaret Furlonger, Colin Watkins, Michael Austin
8. [New] Honorary Members - none
9. President & Vice Presidents - David Cufley was invited to serve another 4 years as Society President by the Trustees, which he accepted. All Vice-Presidents remain the same.
10.Election of Chair - Walter Eves
11.Election of Vice Chair - Mike Weeks
12.Election of Secretary - No nominations, position now vacant
13.Election of Treasurer - Pat Gooding
14.Election of Other Committee Members - Barbara Phillips [projects & publications], Janet Rose [Librarian], Barbara Attwaters, Tony Codling, Fran Rogers; Christina Barnett [membership secretary, ex-officio] & Pauline Heathcote [journal editor, ex-officio].
15.Election of Independent Examiner - David Williams
16. Any Other Business
2.15pmBrowse stalls and Raffle Draw
2.45pm Dave Annal Talk by Dave Annal (right) entitled   The 1911 Census: A Vision of England.

From the AGM flier:

"Today’s talk will show how this Census differs from others and captures a picture of society at a time before the upstairs downstairs world was to be turned upside down for ever. It also records Britain’s lost generation and much more.

"Dave Annal is a professional researcher with more than thirty years’ experience of working with UK family history sources. For many years, he worked for the National Archives at Kew, where he was appointed Principal Family History Specialist. Dave is also an author of a number of books on the subject including the best-selling Family History Guide."

4.00pmFree time to browse the stalls, make last minute purchases or just catch up with friends.
4.30pmAfternoon Tea

Stalls this year were: