The North West Kent Family History Society was formed in 1978 with the object of aiding and encouraging the study of family history and genealogy in South East London and North West Kent.

We currently have around 1,200 members, whose interests cover the whole of Great Britain and beyond.

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29

Your Society needs volunteers.

In normal circumstances the trustees get the opportunity to talk to members, learn of their interests and of their life experiences. Without the face to face contact this is not possible. If you have an interest or life experience you would like to share with the Society and help with its organisation PLEASE contact chairman@nwkfhs.org.uk 
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Oct
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Blog New Workshops – Sign up to join in.

Three new zoom workshops have been organised Drawing Charts and diagrams by hand as a research tool. 11 November 2020. Thinking outside the Box. This is an exploration of sources both inside and outside the box. 25 November 2020. A discussion group on a theme chosen by the participants. 16 December 2020 Contact workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk t...
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Oct
10

Urgent only 4 days left to vote

The 2020 AGM was cancelled in April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Now we are holding a postal and digital voting AGM. You can vote online by selecting the 'Voting' button on the members page. PLEASE VOTE NOW.  
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Sep
16

Before 14th October please help by Voting for AGM items.

The 2020 AGM was cancelled in April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Now we are holding a postal and digital voting AGM. You can vote online by selecting the 'Voting' button on the members page. PLEASE VOTE NOW.  
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Sep
13

The next zoom workshops will be held on the 7th and 14th October.

The 'Error's Lies and misinformation' part 1 and part 2 zoom workshops will be run on consecutive Wednesdays. Email workshop.booking@nwkfhs to ask to join either or both workshops. Regular face to face workshops were run before the coronavirus shut down. Now we hope to run zoom workshops to make up for the learning experience and help the Society c...
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Sep
13

What zoom workshops do you want?

Send your request for a workshop to help your research on any subject and we will try to get one of our expert researchers to lead a workshop.  Email workshop.booking@nwkfhs to ask to join a zoom workshop and tell us what subject you want to be covered. Regular face to face workshops were run before the coronavirus shut down. Now we hope to ru...
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Sep
13

Zoom discussion group meetings.

Last Wednesday 9th September we held the first zoom Discussion Group meeting on 'Breaking down Brickwalls'. The session dealt with five members queries and the main theme was Irish ancestors. A recording of the session is available, as are the guidance charts that were used. Email workshop.booking@nwkfhs to ask to join a zoom discussion group and t...
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Aug
31

Zoom workshop - Errors Lies and Misinformation pt2 leader David Cufley

To attend this workshop email workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk to obtain an invitation code. Workshop is being held on 14th October from 11.00am to 12.30pm A workshop discussing errors in Official Records and Commercial Search Engines and how to try and spot them. Case studies will be used as part of the discussions Do you believe what your ancestors...
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Aug
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Zoom workshop - Errors Lies and Misinformation pt1 leader David Cufley

To attend this workshop email workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk to obtain an invitation code. Workshop is being held on 7th October from 11.00am to 12.30pm A workshop discussing errors in Official Records and Commercial Search Engines and how to try and spot them. Case studies will be used as part of the discussions Do you believe what your ancestors ...
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Aug
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Zoom discussion group - Brickwall Session- Moderator David Cufley

The zoom discussion group starts on Wednesday 9th September from 14.00 to 15.30 or longer if required. Members who wish to attend should email workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk to ask for an invitation code. Member who wish to attend should send details of their 'brickwall' so that the moderator can prepare source data pages beforehand ...
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Aug
25

Zoom workshops and discussion groups start

The Society is very pleased to announce workshops and discussion group meetings are available to members. Contact workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk with the subject you want for the workshop you wish to attend. If you want to be part of a discussion group then let let us know the topic you wish to discuss. If you are an out of area member or an overse...
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Aug
25

Good News, the 2021 Society Calendar is now available.

The Society is pleased to announce the 2021 Calendars are now available through the Eshop. Order your copies now for an early Christmas present for members of your family, so they know by the highlighted dates what meetings you are attending; Corona Virus regulations permitting. Keep well and safe. 
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Aug
25

Blog from our Journal editor. 25th August 2020

The editor Pauline asked 'have you had a look at the September issue of the Journal? Members can read it on-line now and many will also receive their paper copy in early September. Subscription to the Society is only £10 pa and includes in the benefits of four quarterly copies of the Journal. Pauline, the editor commented "It has been remarkab...
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Aug
14

First Workshop Zoom trial run yesterday successfully

News for all members that use Zoom we have now run our first workshop (13 August 2020). The trial went well and we hope to be announcing soon the dates and times to all members of other workshops. We need your ideas of what workshops should be the first to be run. We would also like you to say what times and the day of the week&...
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Aug
09

Library Blog – Meanings of words used on Certificates.

 Query from a member 9th August 2020. Is there anyone that can give me a little advice please? I have recently received a death certificate for a 2-month-old boy, it was registered in Croydon 1936. Under the name and surname he was shown as, David Bailey Hopkins otherwise Williams. The surname being researched is Hopkins. Never come up with a ...
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Jul
19

Library Research Blog – Samuel Levens a baker.

Query 18 July 2020 I wonder if you can help me please. In my family tree there is a Samuel Levens born Croydon 1753, died 1843 Beckenham. I have found on the internet (ancestry.co.uk) an article with the headline: Luxury bakers that served up a treat for the fat cats of the past, which I have been told relate to this person. However, it is very poo...
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Jul
19

Library query about General Registry Office Certificates. Warning to All.

 18 July 2020 It was with shock we learnt from one of our Canadian members that she had been charged $45CD for a certificate. She said a GRO certificate will cost me $45CD for only one certificate plus it will take 2 months to arrive by snail mail. Call me cheap but that price is exorbitant and the delivery archaic. We investigated and respond...
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Jul
13

Library Blog - Further Q & A on Orpington Institute

 Query and Answers to further queries following Orpington Institute request. 1) You discovered "Two patients online who died at Orpington Institute. Obray, John Robert, Born 1872 in Sheerness, Kent, England, Died Jun 27 1939 and Alice Mary Maude Louise LOPEZ was born about 1862 in Jamaica, Died on 8 Dec 1937…". Where did you find the...
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Jul
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Library Blog – Research of Stone near Dartford

Query 11 July 2020 I've recently been doing some work on my family tree. Unfortunately I don't have many people to talk to about it so I have got information off the Census's etc but no other information. Most of my dad's family lived in Stone in Dartford and were all labourers. Basically, I wondered if you could suggest where I could look for more...
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Jul
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Library Blog - A wonderful idea for Redundant or Duplicate NWKFHS Journals.

A number of members have asked recently what to do with their old Journals. The Library replied The library has a full set of Journals for access of members who like paper copies. We do not have the space and facilities to store duplicate copies of Journals and books. The web site has a full set of journals online available for members to read and ...
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