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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Caravans at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Hi Folks,
I was at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum on Monday (8th August) and saw the caravans they have on display.
See attached photographs

Coincidence after Saturdays talk, see Vagrants, Gypsies, Travellers & Strangers in Kent.

Regards
David

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Vagrants, Gypsies, Travellers & Strangers in Kent

At the Dartford meeting of NWKFHS today (6-8-2016) Gillian Rickard gave a talk about Vagrants, Gypsies, Travellers & Strangers in Kent and the records to trace them.
Difficult ancestors to trace as they are regularly moving about.

A member asked for the contact details of the Romany and Traveller FHS who are members of the FFHS.
Their web site is www.rtfhs.org.uk.

The other question was 'how do Costermongers fit into this group of people?'. Gillian mentioned that costermongers were generally London based and not Kent.
The FFHS's 'an introduction to Occupations, a preliminary list' by Joyce Culling  gives the meaning 'Costermonger: Itinerant seller of apples and other fruit (from custard a round bulky apple).
The Oxford English Dictionary on historic principles adds that 'Now in London, a man who sells fruit, vegetables, fish etc. in the street from barrow'. 
My ancestor Frank Russell was according to his Obituary in the Daily Mirror of 1916 was  the 'King of the costers'. He had sold fish from a barrow in Woolwich Market. In all the Census he gave a different birth place and I assume he had a dislike for officialdom so when asked by the enumerator where was he born he gave a different answer each time. The myths and legends in the family indicate that he travelled about a lot and at one time had claimed to have been with Sanger's Circus. A truly itinerant seller of fish.

You never know how the topic of the meetings may help your research.

David

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Latest Workshop list

Hi Folks,
Victor has sent this list of the proposed workshops.
If you are interested email workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk


List of Workshops run by the Library

 57 – July 20th 2016 :-   Lay Subsidies, Poll Tax, Hearth Tax etc, class ‘E179’ at TNA ” :-  A workshop aimed at finding and using the records in The National Archives.  The database to E179 is the index to places, and can identify which original records include names and dates. These are essential in confirming your research and expanding the knowledge of your ancestors especially before parish registers. - Joyce Hoad                                                                                             Please note the change of title even though the content remains the same.

58 – August 17th 2016 :- Your Family in History - A Timeline” :- A guide through history (1538-1914) briefly highlighting events and their effects on your ancestors lives. This is more in the form of a discussion group so that you can introduce events that affected YOUR ancestors. - Hilary Waters
58A – September 21st  2016 :- Your Society Needs YOU :- Transcribing, Checking and Editing of Society Publications”.  A workshop for volunteers interested in becoming transcribers, checkers and editors. Additional volunteers are needed to help with the production of new publications from original documents. Join this workshop to find out how you can help. - Barbara Phillips -  This is a repeat of the workshop first held in May 2016

 59 – September 28th 2016 :- “An Introduction to Family Historian - A Genealogy and Family Tree Software Computer Program” :- This workshop will provide an overview of this UK program. Content will include preferences, data entry, importing data from other programs, as well as introducing diagrams, reports and the adding of photos. It will also cover the method of recording sources and their respective citations. Aimed at beginners. - Brian Kirk – This is a repeat of the workshop first held in April 2016 

 PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO WORKSHOPS IN SEPTEMBER.

 
60 – October 19th 2016 :- “ Writing Family Histories” :-  This led- discussion group will not tell you how to write or even how to write up your family history but will help you to think widely about communicating you research to your chosen audience.  Pauline is not an expert at family history research but enjoys words, attends a creative writing group and edits our journal.  It would be helpful to bring a simple family tree of three generations or more, hand sketched is fine, and a timeline of events from the life of one of your ancestors. - Pauline Heathcote – This is a repeat of the workshop first held in November 2015

 61 – November 16th 2016 :- “ Brick Walls - Thinking Outside the Box – Mind Maps and other Methods” :- This workshop will try and suggest methods of thinking about how to overcome those ‘brick walls’ that every family historian meets.  It will use the attendees own stumbling blocks to discuss sources and how to set out the known facts and suggest research to help solve the problem.  Attendees' submitted brick walls will be used as case studies. - David Cufley – This is a repeat of the workshop held in March 2015


There will be no workshop in December

Thank you to all leaders and attendees for 2016

Watch this space for 2017 workshops!

 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

War Damaged site in London

 As a family history society we receive some interesting donations that are not quite family history.
We have received an album of 28 photographs from WW2 period of the damaged site and buildings being a Joinery factory at Baldwins Gardens, adjacent glass shop, decorating department. It also shows premises in Leopards Court, Grays Inn Road, Verulam Street, Duncan Avenue. Lots of broken brick walls and bent steel structures.

If anyone wants to see more get in touch with library@nwkfhs.org.uk

Monday, 4 July 2016

Greenwich Park Wall Walk

As part of the normal workshop program this walk has been organised. Contact workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk if you wish to attend.

The details for the walk on Monday 18th July is as follows.

The walk around Greenwich Park Wall is an effort to see the 400 year history of the Park, its wall and buildings that bisect it. Its a quick introduction to building construction so you can use it to help your family history research.
Please be aware the site slopes and the walk even by me cutting corners is a long walk. If one was to walk around the outside and then the inside its 4 miles but the intention is to cut through the park from one interesting area to the next talking about the history of the buildings and bricks as we go . I'm aiming for say 2 hours. Bring your own refreshments and water as warm weather may make the walk more tiring. If its raining bring an umbrella.

Meet at the War memorial on Maze Hill and Charlton Way corner for a 10.30 am start.
Suggest you bring a camera and notebook.
 
You can park for free off the residential roads of Vanbrugh Park and Westcombe Park Road but not in the residential permit areas. Parking in the park is expensive.
If you have any queries email us.

Regards
David

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

North West Kent FHS Latest Newsletter

Want to know what is happening in the Kent and South East London area, its on the latest Newsletter.

See http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/nwk-newsletter-jun-2016.pdf  link.
 
Enjoy the events and happenings.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

NWKFHS workshops at the Library


List of Workshops run by the Library 2016

To book send email to workshop.booking@nwkfhs.org.uk quoting your membership number.
                          
54 - April 20th 2016  :- “An Investigation into the Records Available to Research the Lives of 19th Century Soldiers” :-  Today even the less fortunate members of society enjoy benefits that would have been unheard of during the C19th.  Is it therefore any wonder that the Recruiting Sergeant in his smart red coat with shiny buttons was able to persuade the impoverished country labourer to take the “King’s Shilling” and enjoy good food, foreign travel and adventure?  The reality was in fact quite different as the volunteer would find out! - Barry Langridge        
 54A – April 27th 2016 :- “An Introduction to Family Historian - A Genealogy and Family Tree Software Computer Program” :- This workshop will provide an overview of this UK program. Content will include preferences, data entry, importing data from other programs, as well as introducing diagrams, reports and the adding of photos. It will also cover the method of recording sources and their respective citations. Aimed at beginners. - Brian Kirk           

 55 – May 18th 2016  :- “The 1939 Register” :– The Register can be used as a census substitute but, unlike other census', it is not a snapshot in time but an evolving document which continued to be updated for some years after WW2.  We will examine what it contains and discuss any problems you may have encountered when using it. - Christine Hills      
55A – May 25th 2016 :- Your Society Needs YOU :- Transcribing, Checking and Editing of Society Publications”.  A workshop for volunteers interested in becoming transcribers, checkers and editors. Additional volunteers are needed to help with the production of new publications from original documents. Join this workshop to find out how you can help. - Barbara Phillips       
 PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO WORKSHOPS IN APRIL & MAY.

 
56 - June 15th 2016 :- The Poor are always with us” :- A Workshop on Poor Laws and Settlement. A guide on how and why our ancestors may have been touched by these records, where to find them and how to interpret them - Jean Stirk  


57 – July 20th 2016 :-   “300 Years of Taxes before 1700” :-  A workshop aimed at finding and using the records in The National Archives.  The database to E179 is the index to places, and can identify which original records include names and dates. These are essential in confirming your research and expanding the knowledge of your ancestors especially before parish registers. - Joyce Hoad

58 – August 17th 2016 :- Your Family in History - A Timeline” :- A guide through history (1538-1914) briefly highlighting events and their effects on your ancestors lives. This is more in the form of a discussion group so that you can introduce events that affected YOUR ancestors. - Hilary Waters
59 – September 28th 2016 :- “An Introduction to Family Historian - A Genealogy and Family Tree Software Computer Program” :- This workshop will provide an overview of this UK program. Content will include preferences, data entry, importing data from other programs, as well as introducing diagrams, reports and the adding of photos. It will also cover the method of recording sources and their respective citations. Aimed at beginners. - Brian Kirk – This is a repeat of the workshop first held in April 2016

60 – October 19th 2016 :- “ Writing Family Histories” :-  This led- discussion group will not tell you how to write or even how to write up your family history but will help you to think widely about communicating you research to your chosen audience.  Pauline is not an expert at family history research but enjoys words, attends a creative writing group and edits our journal.  It would be helpful to bring a simple family tree of three generations or more, hand sketched is fine, and a timeline of events from the life of one of your ancestors. - Pauline Heathcote – This is a repeat of the workshop first held in November 2015

 61 – November 16th 2016 :- “ Brick Walls - Thinking Outside the Box – Mind Maps and other Methods” :- This workshop will try and suggest methods of thinking about how to overcome those ‘brick walls’ that every family historian meets.  It will use the attendees own stumbling blocks to discuss sources and how to set out the known facts and suggest research to help solve the problem.  Attendees' submitted brick walls will be used as case studies. - David Cufley – This is a repeat of the workshop held in March 2015

 There will be no workshop in December

Thank you to all leaders and attendees for 2016

Watch this space for 2017 workshops!