Kent Family History Society

Deal & District Branch

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Tuesday 8th January 2012

Mr Bob Hollingsbee brought a selection of his Kent newspaper archives  and local transcripts to the meeting for members to peruse. Even if we were not lucky enough to find anything directly relating to our ancestors there were plenty of articles about events that would have directly affected them.

Tuesday 12th February 2012

One of our members Mrs Pat Smith gave a most interesting presentation based on work done as part of studies for the Diploma in Genealogy. It was entitled “not all Slaters mend roofs” and detailed research starting with a hatchment  and then unravelling the family relationships.  For those of us lucky enough to have armigers' connections she gave many suggestions of possible sources and even if many of us did not it was still fascinating to see the detective work involved.

Tuesday 12th March 2012

Marilyn Stephenson-Knight talked to us about the Dover War Memorial project. This started initially to find details of those named on the War Memorial but has grown substantially to become a network for those with connections to Dover families with victims in the wars. She explained that some people who contacted the project found cousins that they had never known existed. The project is still growing

Tuesday 9th April 2012

Mr Stuart Bligh from the Kent History and library centre at Maidstone gave us a talk about the changes that had taken place, the centralisation of archives, better cataloguing etc. He acknowledged the difficulties that taking records from local centres would cause problems to some and they were working to make more available online, either through libraries or home computers.

Tuesday 14th May 2012

Helen Allinson returned to talk to us, this time about life in the Workhouse showing examples of documents available and giving details of the hard life suffered by the residents. Some of the Victorian  attitudes to the poor resonated even today.

Tuesday 11th June 2012

Mr Fred Feather, Editor of Essex family Historian entertained  us with a talk entitled “Tales my mother told me” It was based upon snippets of family folk lore that had been passed on and were thought  to be mainly fiction but turned out to have a surprising amount of fact behind them without too much embellishment.  The moral of the story being approach these snippets with scepticism but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised

Tuesday 9th July  2012

Kathy Chater paid a return visit to talk to us about Coroners Inquests and the records available.  By the end of her talk many of us were left wishing for a few suspicious deaths in our ancestry to be able to glean all the information from these records.

Tuesday 13th August 2012

No meeting this month

Tuesday 10th September 2012

Gillian Rickard gave a talk on Settlement records, while most of us were aware of the indexes which have been published by some societies we were not aware of all the background information that was often available as well

Tuesday 8th October  2012

Mr Peter Ewart entertained us all with tales of Victorian and Edwardian schooldays, For many of us it brought back memories of our own schooldays, even if they were long after the Edwardian days! It was interesting to see examples of school log books and the information that could be available in those and also to see some of the letters written by parents (and children) asking to be excused school!

Tuesday 12th November 2012

Lee Ault came to tell us about the life of seamstresses. She brought samples of clothing to show the amount of work that was needed to make them and explained that life was not good for these seamstresses and they often went blind due to the poor quality of light and the fine stitching required.

Tuesday 10th December 2012

Alan and Sue Buckman gave a very informative session with details of aspects of life in Deal and some of it’s residents.