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July 2018
July 2018

Tue. 3 Jul, 2018

Natter Group (Tue. 3 Jul, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm)

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Arrive at 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm).  Group meeting 7.00 - 9.00pm.

FREE booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available for attendees - e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Wed. 4 Jul, 2018

Drop-in Session at the Centre (Wed. 4 Jul, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Family History Advice (Wed. 4 Jul, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Cippenham Library, Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB.

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records.

Wed. 11 Jul, 2018

Family History Advice - suspended until further notice (Wed. 11 Jul, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Slough's new library, The Curve.

Find us on computers 17-24, on the 1st floor, at the Curve, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY

2pm - 5pm

Free Access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records

The Advice sessions at the Curve have been suspended until further notice.

Thu. 12 Jul, 2018

'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - First talk of five (Thu. 12 Jul, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)


Amelia Dyer and the baby farm murders: with Angela Buckley


On 30th March 1896, a bargeman recovered a parcel from the River Thames at Caversham.  Inside the brown paper package was the body of a baby girl - she had been strangled with tape.  When two more tiny bodies were found in a carpet bag, the police knew they had a serial killer at large.  Author and prominent genealogist, Angela Buckley, recounts the frantic race to stop one of Britain's most prolific serial killers.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake, or book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16).

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The following four talks are on 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August and 6th September.

Sat. 14 Jul, 2018

London Metropolitan Archives (Sat. 14 Jul, 2018 11:00 am - 4:45 pm)

A trip to the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is being organised by Bracknell & Wokingham Branch on Saturday, 14th July.  
LMA is home to an amazing range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London.  Records at the LMA cover over 900 years and include some of the most important sources for genealogical and academic studies in the Greater London area.  They include the archives of the City of London Corporation as well as collections formerly held by the Guildhall Library's Manuscripts and Prints and Maps Sections.
Whether you're tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you're interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit!
The LMA is FREE to use, so come and join us. 
Current exhibition - Picturing Forgotten London
Picturing Forgotten London uncovers London’s lost buildings, places that were once the toast of the capital or part of everyday life, left behind by generations of Londoners.  Prints, photographs and maps bring together a surprising record of the City, from the 1500s to the twentieth century.
From Columbia Market to the Devil’s Acre, riverside mansions to ragged schools, images created by a variety of artists will appear together for the first time to tell the story of a forgotten City.  
Please see their website for the full range available:  https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/visitor-information/Pages/default.aspx
There is a Visitors Lounge on the Mezzanine Floor where you can leave your coats and bags in lockable lockers.   Light refreshments and hot and cold drinks are also available from vending machines.  Food and drink can be consumed here (no food or drink is allowed in the public rooms).
If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail the branch - see inside front cover of the Historian.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

I've got my DNA results now what do I do? (Sat. 14 Jul, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Leader: Debbie Kennett - an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.

This workshop is a follow-up to the April 14th meeting which provided an introduction to DNA testing. We will look at the interpretation of your DNA test results and how you can get the most out of your matches. Participants are encouraged to bring along their results and ask questions.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is already fully booked. Contact the Booking Administrator (see below) if you would like your name to be added to a waiting list, in case of any cancellations.

The society is looking at ways to run a further workshop or workshops — this may be best done by looking at different types of test, or by considering the outputs of particular test providers. Check back here soon, for details will be published once the event(s) is/are finalised.

This workshop is to look at your DNA test results so please be sure to have your results before the workshop. A computer will be required and a limited number of computers and laptops will be available if you don't have a laptop.

Tickets: £10 non-members or £9 members. Booking in advance is essential.

Free parking available for attendees - contact events for details.

Contact the The Booking Administrator with any queries, or if you would like your name to be added to a waiting list in case of any cancellations, or if you would like to receive details of similar events taking place in future.

Tue. 17 Jul, 2018

Visit to the National Archives at Kew (All day)

This is a visit to The National Archives at Kew, London for members and others who feel they might want some support on their foray into research at the National Archives — or who just want to pursue their own research.

The proposed format for the main party is to take a train (about 10am) from Reading to Richmond (Waterloo line) and then catch the R68 bus to the retail park adjacent to the National Archives. (Rail cards and bus passes welcome!)

You can, of course, travel independently and a meetup will be arranged at the on-site café and cafeteria.

Some of us will return before the rush-hour and others may wish to avail themselves of the late-night opening on the day.

Guy Grannum will provide an introduction to the National Archives at the Computer Branch in Woodley the previous month, focussing on the Discovery catalogue.

Please contact Chad Hanna or Gillian Stevens if you want to join us on the day, and we will try and make your day a success for you.

As always, please check out the 'Visit us' pages on the National Archives web site at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk before you join us.

Wed. 18 Jul, 2018

Drop In Session at the Centre (Wed. 18 Jul, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Military records with Trevor Maidment

FREE just drop in

Thu. 19 Jul, 2018

Crime Walk along the River Thames: with crime writer and prominent genealogist Angela Buckley (Thu. 19 Jul, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A short crime walk, taking in key locations around the river and surrounding roads in Caversham.

BOOK £5 (members £4)  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thu. 26 Jul, 2018

'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Second talk of five (Thu. 26 Jul, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Literary and artistic footprints of the Thames: with Nick Brazil


Film maker, Nick Brazil, explores the many connections between the worlds of literature and art and the large houses and villages along the Thames.  Amongst others: Kenneth Grahame, D.H. Lawrence, Alexander Pope, Cecil Aldin and Eric Kennington.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The preceding talk in this series is on 12th July and the following talks are on 9th August, 23rd August and 6th September.

Fri. 27 Jul, 2018

Children's Family History Activities (Fri. 27 Jul, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Tutors: Margaret Crook and Vicki Chesterman.

Aimed at 5-11 year olds - children must be accompanied by an adult. Range of fun and stimulating activities designed to help young people understand more about their familities histories.

BOOK £12 for a family ticket (1 adult and up to 2 children) (members £10.60) additional child £3 (£2.70). Includes tea, coffee or juice. Pre-booking required.

Sat. 28 Jul, 2018

Buckinghamshire FHS Open Day (Sat. 28 Jul, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Berkshire Family History Society will be in Aylesbury on Saturday, 28th July from 10.00 to 4.00 pm for the Open Day staged by Buckinghamshire FHS.

This takes place at the The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH

You will be able to join the society, purchase its publications and get help and advice from society volunteers on the day.

            More details at http://bit.ly/2BiEqNI

Tue. 31 Jul, 2018

Lesser Known Sources for Family History, by Eric Probert (Tue. 31 Jul, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

An illustrated exploration with examples and case studies of the unusual sources for research into the lives of ancestors.

Have you explored Patent Records or Hospital Records and other lesser known sources in your research for family information?

This is the talk we had to cancel in February

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