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.

May
04

Have you renewed your membership?

The administration of the web site has been started today and will be done progressively over the next week. If you have lost access to the MOA make sure you renewed your membership for 2021. It should have been done on the 1st January.  
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Apr
06

The FHF Really Useful Show 10 April 2021

Join North West Kent Family History Society to ask about our area and the people that lived in it. Our experts are available on the chat line to welcome you and answer your questions. You can come to our stand using the following link https://www.fhf-reallyuseful.com/north-west-kent-family-history-society 
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Mar
12

Ghost signs on buildings – Fox and Sons, Hither Green Lane.

Email request of the Library. The owner of www.Ghostsigns.co.uk contacted the library saying he was writing a book about London's 'ghost' signs and plans to include the one attached, photographed here by my co-author Roy Reed (see below). It is causing something of a headache in terms of dating and referencing of the history which I wondered if you...
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Mar
12

John Parish - Fell ‘Here 17th April 2001’.

Email request of the Library. I was wondering if you could help point me in the right direction to find some information. My step dad and I were walking in beside a stream which ran down the hillside towards Birling. The stream was crossed by two footbridges about a metre wide and three metres long from one bank to the other. One of the bridges was...
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Mar
12

Ministry of Works Camp, No154, Swanscombe Street, Swanscombe, German working camp.

Enquiry of the Library, 24 February 2021. I am assisting my brother, Dean Storckmann, with some research into his family history. His Grandfather was held at the Prisoner of War Camp in Swanscombe and went on to marry a local girl. It was known as Ministry of Works Camp, No154, Swanscombe Street, Swanscombe, German working camp. The site is now hou...
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Mar
12

Zoom Coffee Morning on the 24th March 2021. From 10.30 am London Time.

An open meeting for family historians to talk and ask about researching family history. Mike our Vice Chairman will co-host the session to moderate the discussions. The idea is everyone is muted and when they want to speak, they can use the 'raise hand' digital button and Mike can call them to speak. This unmuting can be done using the space bar. A...
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Feb
10

Kevin Bacon ‘Six degrees of separation’ Workshop.

 At Wednesday 10-2-2021 workshop one of the exercises to make connections was to compare birthdates of the participants. The calculation to figure out the probability of finding two people with the same birth date in a given group says that the 50% probability requires a group of approx. 23 people. For 100% probability the group needs to be be...
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Feb
10

Lucy Boxes first pictures

We have received the first pictures of local Lucy Boxes. This one is in Martin Dene, Bexleyheath. 
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Feb
08

Plan B for Thursday evening's talk

The original speaker for Thursday evening, at the last moment, is unavailable.  The talk now will be 'Where will we be without Vincent, Keyes, Pam and Mayhew?' The talk will be a journey through London using four authors of Local and Family History sources. The presenter will be the Society President David Cufley. See the 'Home'...
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Feb
03

Lucy Boxes

At Wednesday 3rd February's discussion group Victor told of a new activity when you are exercising by walking your local area. Its 'I spy Lucy Boxes', which are street furniture used to house electrical terminals for tramways, electrical street light terminals or as electrical junction boxes. The older boxes are of cast iron. You can...
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Feb
03

Addresses used on marriage certificates and parish registers

At the discussion group yesterday (Wednesday 3 February) it was mentioned that the same address was mentioned in the parishn registers for a number of entries for both parties to the same marriages. The address quoted was 101 Gosterwood Street, Deptford. Using street view it was seen this building was a small Victorian Terrace house ...
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Jan
24

Workshop recordings and handouts.

The Society has been asked by members to provide a recording of the workshops and presentations so that they can be viewed at their convenience. Rather than have to alter their diaries. While the recording will miss the Q & A session it does make them more accessible to our overseas members who live in different time zones. See the members only...
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Jan
23

Indian ancestors research

One of our members has contacted the Library to tell us of the success she has had researching her Indian ancestors using the familysearch.org web site. You may need to register on the site, but it is free. The Indian collections include:- India, Death and Burials 1719-1948. India, Births and Baptisms 1786-1947. India, Marriages 1792-1948. By click...
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Jan
17

“Chislehurst Characters”

        At Joanna Friel's presentation to the Society on Saturday 16th January 2020 entitled "Chislehurst Characters" in the Q and A session she was asked about Pascall's brickfield on Red Hill now White Horse Hill and if the bricks were used locally. Joanna responded that the brickfield was owned by the Pascalls but an earlier ...
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Jan
10

Trade Sources - Rural Life Workshop on 13th Jan

The subject of trade and occuaption sources is vast. David  has previously done the workshop based on the themes 'Family History' and 'One Places'. Now he has prepared one on Rural Life and agricultural trades. While there is some overlap it does use other records.  The guidance notes and the flow diagram on this web s...
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Dec
06

New 'How Far' record of members who attended our meetings

On Saturday 5th December the record for the distance a member who attended one of our Zoom meetings was broken. Last month the record had been held by a member from Scotland. On the 2nd December this record was broken by a member who attended one of our Workshops from Vancouver, Canada. The distance to Joydens Wood was 4,718 miles. This r...
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Dec
06

Members Interest update

The members interest's three pages, Surnames, Subject and Place, are now updated (6 December 2020) and include all the new entries that  were listed in the December 2020 Journal that was published on the 1st December 2020. If you want to add your interests or update your current listing use the submission form on this web site or ema...
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Nov
30

Workshop - Medieval documents part 1 and 2

Part 1: A look at some online sites with medieval records and information on 2nd December. Followed by Part 2 the use of early Manorial records to overlap the start of parish registers post 1538, a case study of methodology on 9th December. Contact Workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk. 
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Nov
15

FHF-RU Show Handouts

Handouts for the Trade Sources talk are available on the FHF-RU Show item of the Events menu. All are pdf files that can be downloaded
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Nov
10

5 December 2020 - The Goose is Getting Fat! A history of Christmas traditions presentation.

Imogen Corrigan was due to be presented this talk at our Dartford Branch, The Science & Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford DA1 2LY. Now Imogen has agreed to do the presentation using 'Zoom' contact the Society to get details and codes. The first 100 members will get access via Zoom to the presentation. 
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