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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Over 1,350 images now on NWKFHS flickr page free to view. Cray Community Festival, Sunday 6th July 2014. The white feather diaries. Folkestone commemorative arch to be unveiled on 4th August 2014

Over 1,350 images now on NWKFHS flickr page free to view.

There are now 1,350 images on the North West Kent Family History Society flickr site. They consists of documents such as Wills, Indentures, Post Cards from the early 1900's, Photographs and other items.

These are documents from the private collections/papers of Members of the Society who have agreed to allow the Society to place them on flickr. They are documents that would not normally be available to the public. As our Members have interests and families throughout the United Kingdom they cover the whole of the UK.

There are various categories broken down into regions, so why not have a look to see if there is something connected to your family history. They can be found at NWKFHS on flickr

Cray Community Festival, Sunday 6th July 2014

The NWKFHS will be at the Cray Community Festival being held at St Mary Cray Recreation Ground, Park Road, BR5 4AS  from 11am - 5pm. There are many activities being held on the day so why not come along and enjoy the day and visit the NWKFHS stand at the same time. 

Further details can be found at Cray Festival

The white feather diaries:

The White Feather Diaries is an online project using extracts from the writings of five Quakers during World War I,  it will serialise the diaries of conscientious objectors. Starts on August 4th 2014. More details can be found at White Feather Diaries


Folkestone commemorative arch to be unveiled on 4th August 2014:

HRH Prince Harry will be at the unveiling of a dramatic arch on the Leas in Folkestone to commemorate the town’s important links to WWI. The stainless arch, designed by Philip Gearing of Foster Gearing, is being erected on the Leas in memory all who passed through the port en route to or from the Western front from 1915 onwards.

Details can be found at Step Short

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Free NWKFHS emailinfoservice. BBC World War One At Home to tour UK. Exhibition - Your Country Calls. Folkestone Town Hall, Folkestone, Kent

Free emailinfoservice to keep you up to date with Society and Family History News.

The emailinfoservice offered by the Society is now open to all. It is a way of receiving up to date Society and other family history news. The service grew out of requests by Members at an AGM and is becoming more popular. There are now nearly 400 members who subscribe. 

If you would like to subscribe send an email to NWKFHS emailinfoservice stating you wish to subscribe.


You can also keep up to date with the Monthly Society Newsletter which can be found at NWKFHS Newsletters where in addition you can download and read Branch Newsletters. 

You can read and download all Society Journal from 1978 - 2008 for Free. They can be found at NWKFHS Journals (All links open in a new window)


Events in Kent.

BBC World War One At Home to tour UK: June 28 1914: Woolwich Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day.

Free event. The day consists of family-friendly events that includes hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions designed to appeal to all ages. Visitors will be able to meet experts from Imperial War Museums to research their families’ connections to the war. IWM’s major digital centenary project, Lives of the First World War is an integral part of the tour.

More information can be found at BBC World War One and at the First World War Centenary Site (both sites open in a new window)

Exhibition - Your Country Calls: Enlistment to Embarkation. Folkestone Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, England, CT20 1DY:  24 June 2014 - 01 May 2015

The exhibition included items from the National Army Museum along with local artifacts and stories to explore how Folkestone became a gateway between Britain and the rest of Europe.

'Your Country Calls: Enlistment To Embarkation is in partnership with the National Army Museum, Step Short and Folkestone Town Council. There are accompanying talks, object handling sessions and live performances which explore how the First World War changed the world.


More details can be found at FolkestoneExhibition (opens in a new window)


Monday, 16 June 2014

NWKFHS Drop-in, Mottingham, Kent Library. 28 June 2014 at 10:00–16:00. Free downloadable WWI Guide. Change of Speaker for the Dartford Branch Meeting on 6th September 2014. Marriage Certificate Petition. Manorial Documents Conference – Saturday 12 July 2014, Chelmsford, Essex.

NWKFHS Free Drop-in, Mottingham, Kent Library. 28 June 2014 at 10:00–16:00.

North West Kent Family History Society is hosting a Free drop-in session at Mottingham, Kent Library. It is open to all so if you have hit a brick wall or perhaps researching your WW1 ancestors? Why not pop in to Mottingham library and see if we can help you.

You do not need to book just come along 28 June 2014 between 10:00–16:00

Mottingham Library (Facebook) 31 Mottingham Road, SE9 4QZ London, United Kingdom

Researching your WWI family? NWKFHS has a Free downoadable guide to WWI resources on the Internet.

This Free 13 page Guide (pdf) can be down loaded from NWKFHS WWI Centenary Page

Change of Speaker for the Dartford Branch Meeting on 6th September 2014.

Mr. Peter Daniel was due to give a talk on A history of Crayford's famous textile printers. Due to unavoidable circumstances this has had to be changed. Mr Colin Brown has kindly agreed to take his place on 6 September to speak about Ordnance Survey Ancient and Modern: A history of Ordnance Survey.

Details about the Branch can be found at Dartford Branch Meetings


There is a petition to have the name of the mother included in English and Welsh Marriage Certificates.
This has long been the case in Marriage Certificates in Scotland and Northern Ireland where both parents are named. How much easier our research would be had this been the case in the past in England and Wales. So far over 60,000 people have signed.

Signing the petition will help future family historians and recognise that the mother should be named and recognised.

If you would like to support this the petition can be found at Marriage Certificate Petition 


Manorial Documents Conference – Saturday 12 July 2014, Chelmsford, Essex.

Essex Records Office is holding a Conference:  Essex Through The Ages: Tracing The Past Using Manorial Documents. Saturday 12 July, 10.30am-3.30pm. Full details can be found at Essex Records Office You need to Book and there is a fee (£15 which includes Lunch).


Monday, 31 March 2014

Free downloadable guide to WWI research. NWKFHS Flickr items have have grown to over 1,000. Children of the Great War Free Open day Wednesday 9th April 2004 11 - 4 pm Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

With apologies for the hiatus in posting last month:

Free down loadable guide to WWI research: NWKFHS has a free guide to WWI research that can be downloaded (pdf) from its World War I Centenary web page at WW I Centenary

You can also find details of WWI related talks being held during the year and the progress of the War Graves Project.

NWKFHS Flickr items have have grown to over 1,000. Documents, photographs, Post Cards e.t.c. some from the 18th century. There are also documents, photographs and other items connected with WWI. 

Many  that are held in the private collections and papers of Members that would not normally be easily accessible to others and cover the whole country, not just Kent. We would like to thank Members who have made them available to the Society to be used for the benefit of all.

They are divided into areas e.g. Kent 18th - 20th Century, WWI Military, North East England, Scotland and so forth. NWKFHS Flickr 

Children of the Great War Free Open day Wednesday 9th April 2014 11 - 4 pm Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood SE2 0GB. Booking essential email Booking


Saturday, 15 February 2014

NWKFHS Free to read/download Guide to WWI websites. NWKFHS meetings. Britain Remembers: The First World War Project Map.

NWKFHS Free to read/download Guide to WWI websites:


The North West Kent Family History Society Publications and Projects team along with Publicity have produced a guide to World War Websites and other useful information. It is freely available to anyone who wishes to use it to help with their research. It will be updated from time to time.

It can be read/downloaded at NWKFHS WWI Guide where you can also find other information about what the Society is doing to mark the Centenary of the start of WWI.

NWKFHS meetings:

Bromley Branch located at Bromley Methodist Church, College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS. Open at 9.45am. Visitors are welcome to come along.


21st  February 2014:  Paul Blake World War I Military Records.

Dartford Branch located at Dartford Science & Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford DA1 2LY. Open at 9.45am. Visitors are welcome.

1st March 2014: Scott Belcher  The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Sevenoaks Branch located at Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5DN. Meetings start 8.00pm. Visitors are welcome.


13th March 2014:  Denise Baldwin & Kathy Hardy The Life of Douglas Macmillan

Please check the Society website at NWKFHS for any changes before travelling. Visitors are welcome at Society meetings, a donation is appreciated.


Britain Remembers: The First World War Project Map:

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? have created a central map where people can list and find out about projects near them or where their ancestors lived. First World War Project Map

The site states that During the centenary of the First World War, thousands of volunteers across the country will be working on different ways to remember those who lived, worked and fought during 1914-1918. There are hundreds of projects already in progress – some big, some small, but all deserving recognition.

WDYTYA will be Publicising new additions to the map in the magazine, in their Weekly Newsletter on Facebook and Twitter throughout the next four years.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Free ebook about Gravesend and Northfleet: Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones. Archives for London and Poet in the City: Through the Door. The National Archives of Wales has announced the release of 27 publications titles (200,000 pages) from the Library’s collection.

Free ebook about Gravesend and Northfleet: Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones by Jean Hendy-Harris:  A memoir about growing up in an industrialized riverside area of North Kent, Gravesend and Northfleet in the nineteen forties and fifties.

Details and download can be found at Smashwords ebooks

Archives for London and Poet in the City have announced the launch of a brand new project commissioning poetry out of the archives Through the Door. Through the Door, funded by Arts Council England.A new collaboration between Archives for London and Poet in the City. A project, funded by Arts Council England, will commission poetry inspired by archive sources found in London's archives.

The National Archives of Wales has announced the release of 27 publications titles (200,000 pages) from the Library’s collection.  This brings the total available to 630,000 pages from almost 100 newspaper publications from the National Library’s collection, and this will grow to over 1 million pages as more publications are added during 2014. A Valuable free resource to Family Historians, Local Historians and many others. National Archive of Wales


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Free search and download of the records of Middlesex military service appeal tribunal for 1916-1918. Family History in Kent. Bexley Historical Society Talk. Folkestone and District FHS

Middlesex military service appeal tribunal for 1916-1918 Free search and download of records:

Some 8000 digitised records of the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal, which heard the cases of men seeking exemption can be searched and downloaded free at at the National Archives site.
The digitisation of this collection is supported by The Friends of The National Archives and Federation of Family History Societies
These records cover appeals heard by the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal and the Central Appeal Tribunal only. Most tribunal records were destroyed by government order.  Some local Record Offices also hold some records of Local Appeal Tribunals, though not complete. Local Newspapers of the period also contained reports of the Tribunals. 

Other Events and Websites around Kent:

Family History in Kent:  Indexing all the old birth registers held at Medway Register Office.  There is a partial list of the various marriage register codes that can be downloaded (pdf) and a lot of other useful information.

Bexley Historical Society Talk:  Monday 10 February 2014: Short AGM, followed by The History of Bexley's Buses, Trams and Trolleybuses, by Richard Diment

7.45pm for 8pm start, the hall of St John Fisher RC Church, Thanet Road, Bexley Kent DA5 1AP. Visitors are very welcome and the fee is £2.50 per meeting.

Folkestone and District FHS: 6th February  2014 “The Cinque Ports”  -  Clive Wire, ex Mayor of New Romney & Speaker of the Cinque Port, will talk a little about that role, and show a DVD commissioned by High Sheriff of Kent on history of the Cinque Ports, narrated by David Starkey. 

Meetings are held at the United Reformed Church Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone.  7.15 pm and the talks are scheduled to commence at 7.30 pm. Visitors welcome a donation of £2 is required.