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Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at The Willesborough Windmill, Hythe Road, Willesborough, Ashford off Hythe Road (A20) .6.30 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. The car park is accessible from Lees Road, the adjacent turning.

Meeting Dates

31st January 2017 'Some Kentish Ghosts'
by Dennis Chambers

28th February 2017 'Deaths of the Tudors & Stuarts'
by Dr John Reuther

28th March 2017 'Canterbury Archives'
by Cressida Williams

25th April 2017 'Lighthouse Ahoy'
by Georgia Reed

Branch enquiries to
Peter Rate, Tel. 01622- 891556
or E-mail:

Ashford Branch Web Site address:

Australian FlagAustralia (Founder Editor - Maggie Woodroffe)

'Down Under' the Australian Newsletter, was founded in August 2004. Its purpose is to provide 'local' communication for all members in Australia which I hope will serve to bring them closer together.

All Australian paid-up members receive a copy three times a year in April, August and December and this is funded by the Society.

Contributions and articles, no matter how small, from all members worldwide, are welcome and can be sent by snail mail to me at 17 Barton St, Yankalilla, SA 5203 or by email to:

As Australian Agent as well as Editor of 'Down-Under', I hope that I can be of assistance in general enquiries from members over here. Please feel free to email, write, or ring me on (new telephone number to be advised soon) (evenings for preference) if there is anything I might be able to help you with.

Maggie Woodroffe
Founder Editor & Australian Agent


Unless otherwise stated we meet monthly on the second Friday at
St Andrews United Reform Church, Watling Street, Canterbury CT1 2UA
(map & directions at
Doors open at 6.30 pm and meetings start at 7.30 pm.
The July meeting is a ticketed event held away from our hall, otherwise our
meetings are free to KFHS Members - Non-members pay £2.
Watling Street car park surrounds the church. Parking fees apply to 9 pm.

Family History HELP DESK at Canterbury Cathedral Archives
FREE for Members and Non-members- Saturday mornings, dates here
Help getting started or to discuss new ideas for research
with a Canterbury Branch member.

Meeting Dates

January 2017 NO MEETING

10th February 2017  'Our Family at War'
by Peter Ewart 

10th March 2017 'My family history disaster SS Teuton 1881'
by Elspeth Cooper

7th April 2017
brought forward one week
NB: 14th April is Good Friday hence meeting has been brought forward
7.10 pm AGM followed by a Talk:
Which John Curling?'
by LucyAnn Curling + Clive Boyce

12th May 2017 'Clerical staff on the Victorian Railway'
by David Turner

9th June 2017 'They dared to be doctors'
by Toni Mount

14th July 2017

OUTDOOR MEETING - Advanced Booking only.
A Guided Walk:   (possibly in Thanet, to be confimed)

11th August 2017 'Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals'
by John Vigar

8th September 2017 'Diaries of George H Rose'
by Sharon Morris

13th October 2017 'Newspapers: far more than family announcements'
by Viv Carter
Exploring the range of material reported in local newspapers and how they could provide leads to new areas of family research.

10th November 2017 'Robert Constantine - Turkey Merchant'
by Sheila Harris

8th December 2017 'A Kent Christmas'
by Geoff Doel and John Morgan


Tuesday 13th June 2017
KEW: The National Archives or Botanic Gardens Bookings £25
Contact Tricia see below

Please contact branch secretary - Tricia Baxter Tel: 01227 453 576

Canterbury Branch Web Site address:


Branch meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except January). All meeting, unless otherwise stated are held at The Cleary Room, the Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal, CT14 6BB. Doors open at 7.10 pm and talks start at 7.30 pm. Meetings are open to all and are free to Members of KFHS - Non Members pay £2. The Market Place car park is just across the road (free after 5pm).

Meeting Dates

January 2017 No Meeting

14th February 2017 "My dear Grandson, my dear Grandmother, Mrs Catherine Curling and her 14 year old Grandson Thomas exchange letters in autumn 1819"
by LucyAnn Curling

14th March 2017 "My ancestors are revolting"
by David Wood

11th April 2017 AGM 7.15 start
followed by "The Curlings of Kingsdown"
by Jenny Wall

Deal Branch Web Site address:

For any enquiries please use:

Obviously, as this group operates "electronically" through a news group and by E-mail, there are no regular meetings but you can find out more about the group



Meets at St. Paul's Church Hall, Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2AN on the second Wednesday of most months. Doors will open at 7.00 pm and meeting will start at 7.30pm.

Meeting Dates

January 11th, 2017 The Real Downton Abbey: Domestic Service
by Ian Porter
February 8th, 2017 Wandering the Somme
by Melanie Gibson-Barton
March 8th, 2017 I've lost my Ancestor before 1837
by Celia Heritage

For more information about the Maidstone Branch
please contact:
Carol Paul at 01622 204923


Medway Branch meet monthly on the last Thursday (not August or December) at All Saints Parish Hall, Church Green, Frindsbury ME2 4HY Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm

FREE HELP with Kent & UK family research
at Medway Archives Strood Road ME2 4HY
9:30 - 12:20pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays FREE for members and Non-members
Help getting started or to discuss new ideas for research with Medway branch members

Meeting Dates

26th January 2017 Members Afternoon

23rd February 2017 'Kent in the 19th century' by Bob Ogley

30th March 2017 'Discoverying the National Archives' by Ian Waller

27th April 2017 'Manorial Records' by Paul Blake

25th May 2017 Guided Walk Around Gravesend
by Christoph Bull

29th June 2017 To be advised

27th July 2017 'GENUKI'
by Malcolm Austen

August 2017 No Meeting

28th September 2017 'Behind the scenes at Medway Crematorium' by Paul Edwards

For more information about the Medway Branch
please contact:
Ian H Smith, Chairman

See branch website for further details:


Flag of New ZealandThe E-mail address to contact for information about The New Zealand Branch is:

The Secretary:
Mrs. Janet Shaw
6 Granada Place,
Glendowie, Auckland 1071, NZ.


Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month (except August) at
, Alpha Road, Birchington. 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. Non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings.

Meeting Dates

January 18th 2017

A Stroll along the Nailbourne Valley
by Peter Ewart

February 15th 2017

The British Overseas - Sources in the UK
by Else Churchill

March 15th 2017

The Parish Chest
by Lady Mary Teviot

April 19th 2017

Lost in London - Solving your Family History Problems
by Dave Annal

May 17th 2017

AGM + Member's Talks

June 21st 2017

The Victorian Way of Death
by Tom Doig

July 19th 2017

Tracing Catholic Ancestors
by Michael Gandy

August 2017

NO MEETING – Outing to be arranged

September 20th, 2017

Tracing your Kent Ancestors
by David Wright

October 18th, 2017

Invitation to a Manorial Court
by Jean Stirk

November 15th, 2017

Bodiam Castle
by Geoff  Hutchinson

December 1st, 2017

Members' Christmas Party
(NB 2nd Wednesday)

For additional Branch
Michael Lucas 01843 841228
Gerry Davis 01843 843028

Members – free, visitors welcome £2

Thanet Branch Web Site address:

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