Contact: Michael Lucas - Thanet Branch Chairman 01843 841228


Kent Family History

Are you interested in what you might discover about your family history?

Would you like to learn how to go about it?

Or do you have an established interest in family history?

Come and meet us!

We are the local branch of the Kent Family History Society, covering most of Kent. Many of us do not have Kentish ancestors, but just like family history! We meet most 3rd Wednesdays of the month in the Village Centre, Birchington, at 7 for 7.30 p.m., with speakers on family history and related subjects, usually illustrated. Many of the speakers are established names, with books and appearances on TV to their credit. Our members receive a quarterly journal and attend all meetings for free, whilst members of the public are welcome to attend for £2 a time. We also provide a Members’ Help Desk for family history advice and a selection of other societies’ family history journals.

Programme 2019

16 January –Our family at war

Peter Ewart

20 February -Hospitals-their records and how to find them

Lady Mary Teviot

20 March -The Huguenots (The 16th & 17th century Protestant refugees from France & the Low Countries)

Michael Gandy

17 April -Every-day life in medieval London

Toni Mount

15 May –Annual General Meeting, followed by members’ talks (to be advised)

19 June -Lord Cardigan (The notorious leader of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimea)

Godfrey Beer

17 July -The founding of the R.A.F. and the early days of Biggin Hill

Bob Ogley

August -no meeting-possible excursion (to be advised)

18 September- Death & taxes: understanding the death duty registers

Dave Annal

16 October-The life & times of Edith Cavell  (The nurse shot by the Germans in 1915 for assisting Allied prisoners to escape)

Melanie Gibson-Barton

20 November -Electoral records and poll books

Else Churchill

11 December -Members’ Christmas Party

(n.b. 2nd Wednesday this month to avoid proximity to Christmas)

We aim to provide a mixture of ‘how to’ talks by notable family history experts, and talks of more general historical interest.