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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Metropolitan Police History

Ken Chamberlain at Dartford on Saturday talked about the history of the Metropolitan police force and during the presentation gave hints on researching your police ancestors. The first was to contact the metropolitan police historical collection www.metpolicehistory.co.uk and the second was the guidance notes at the TNA. The TNA under the MEPO piece number MEPO4 has a number of registers that have been digitised and are FREE to view on line. You can in 'Discovery' enter the ancestors name and  then view the actual register entry online at no cost. I managed to see the registers that gave the date of recruitment, date of leaving, warrant number and the division of members of my family who served in the police. One of these men served not in London but at Chatham Dockyard.
A good talk that surprised me in providing information that has lead to four new pieces of family history. Thanks Ken.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Society Photographic Albums

The Society photographic albums are in two areas. The albums in the store includes  donations from the families of deceased members, informal recording by Society officers and members, and events over the last forty years. The albums on the open shelves are photographs and postcards reproduced in a standard size to suit the album. The originals that do not suit the albums are in store.
 The albums can be browsed during the Wednesday  sessions of the Society Library and resource centre. Some of the Society event photos are better labelled than others. Please pop in and see if you can add names! All of the photographs on the open shelves are fully labelled and most dated.

Friday, 19 January 2018

County boundaries and mapping your ancestors' locations

At the mapping workshop on Wednesday 17th January 2018 one of the queries raised was to do with a brickmaker in 1911 at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire. Checking the Brickmakers Index there were two entries for sources that refer to Kilsyth. The first was Gartshore Brickworks at Kilsyth, Dunbartonshire. The second was for Gartshore Brickworks at Kiltsyth Stirlingshire. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland publication 'Brick Tile and Fireclay Industries in Scotland' has a diagram G3 distribution map of sites in Clackmannanshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Stirlingshire. There is a small area between Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire that is unlabelled. This area is East Dunbartonshire. where this publication lists Gartshore Brickworks, Kilsyth as in the NGR location NS706743. It was thought there could have been two brickworks. However the 1956 OS map supplied from the National Library of Scotland web site [http://maps.nls.uk//view/91578896] of old maps shows a single brickworks on the north of the B8048 road and south of the railway spur that joins the Glasgow to Stirling main line at about Drumgrew Bridge. This was one of the colliery brickworks taken over by the NCB (National Coal Board) when they took over the mining collieries in 1946/47.
It just shows that places and parishes need to be checked. I good guide for England and Wales is Philimore's Atlas and Index. As an example in Bedfordshire Kensworth was previously in Hertfordshire and Swineshead was in Huntingdonshire.
Good luck with mapping your ancestors and I hope it helps you breakdown barriers.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

New NWKFHS program 2018-2019 is available

The New NWKFHS Program is now available on our old web www.nwkfhs.org.uk and it will be featured on the new web site when its launched early in the new year.
The Society celebrates its 40 anniversary in 2018. The programme has the new anniversary logo which will feature on our publications in the new year.
You can also find the Society events in the Journal of Kent History for publication.
Happy New Year.


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Volunteers wanted to assist with data entry at the Society Library.

Volunteers wanted to assist with data entry and processing.
If you can use a computer and either EXCEL or ACCESS Microsoft software programs, you can help NWKFHS by volunteering to manage some of the many resources stored at the library.
Volunteer 1 – entry of family history data.

Can you enter data into spreads-sheets (Excel) or Access tables that look like spread-sheets?
Volunteer 2 – to draw up spread-sheets.

Can you draw up spread-sheets and format the cells for others to take them over and input the data?

Volunteer 3 – to use ACCESS and administer databases.

Can you use ACCESS databases?
Can you create tables for data entry?

Can you design queries and reports in ACCESS databases?

Training available for volunteers.

If you can volunteer on a regular basis and can already use WORD or other Microsoft programs, we can provide training in data entry and processing. These will be new transferrable skills you can use to advance your family history research.

Please contact the library@nwkfhs.org.uk or David at president@nwkfhs.org.uk.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

GRO Indexes available at NWKFHS Joydens Wood

In 2017 the closure of a local archive gave the Society the opportunity to provide a home for the microfiche General Registry Office birth, marriage, and death indexes. This collection of fiche is available to members at the Society Library at Joydens Wood, Bexley every Wednesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. See our web site for directions at www. nwkfhs.org.uk.
If you would like a list of these fiche please send an email request to library@nwkfhs.org.uk.
The fiche include not only the BMD indexes up to 1965 but also the overseas register indexes some from as early as 1796 to 1965.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Asking Grandparents

At the Society Library yesterday a prospective member made an interesting observation. He said 'We are the grandparents we wished we asked when we started our family history research'.
Perhaps over Christmas I should be dropping some QI facts into the conversations with the grandchildren!
A realisation I had some time ago wishing I had asked more questions of my grandparents when they were alive. C'est la vie ....
Have a happy Christmas
Best wishes

QI = 'Quite interesting', after the television program.