Kent Family History Society

Deal & District Branch

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Tuesday 11th Jan 2011

January saw the first visit to the Deal branch of Jill Williams and her aunt, who gave us a fascinating insight into what was, in the early days of their research, a rather "touchy" subject in the family.  It was rumoured that Jill's great grandmother was descended from a coloured slave.

Their research, which involved the use of mitochondrial DNA testing, as well as merchant marine records, revealed that there was, indeed, a connection to the Tuareg tribe in the former French colony of Niger in the Sahara Desert.

We were also joined this month by the new Bookstall organisers: Tessa Towner KFHS Secretary) and Ian Smith (Membership Secretary), who kindly brought along the bookstall and had a sale of stock, which was well supported by the members present.

Tuesday 8th Feb 2011

Susan Hibberd: School Days – Memories of Sandwich Secondary School 1935 – 2010

No report available

Tuesday 8th Mar 2011

March saw the welcome return of an old favourite in the shape of Meryl Catty, whose talk entitled "From Notion to Presentation" provided an interesting and informative guide to researching, writing and delivering a talk.

Tuesday 12th Apr 2011

Our speaker this month was Linda Williams, whose talk was entitled "An Introduction to Family History"

Tuesday 10th May 2011

May brought a new face to the branch in the person of Mr Jeremy S Hodgkinson, MA, FSA, who gave us a very interesting talk about the iron industry of the Weald district.

Tuesday 14th Jun 2011

June saw the return of branch member Mr Ebutt who gave us a talk about Captain Parker, a favourite of Lord Nelson, whose tomb is in St George's churchyard.

Tuesday 12th Jul 2011

Your webmaster, Bill Beer, was prevailed upon to give another talk this month.  The title for this talk was "The Road to Zion - a search for the truth"; the story of a family that migrated from Dover to Salt Lake City in the mid-1800s.

As the title suggests, researching this story involved trying to sort out the truth from a mixture of family legends and confusing LDS "records" with reference to UK and US census records, BMD indexes, parish records and contemporary journals.  The talk followed the course of the research into what turned out to be three, apparently separate, migrations.

No reports are available for September 2011 to December 2011