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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

November 28th, 2017 Queen Victoria's Dreadful Uncles
by Sheila Boyd

December 2017 NO MEETING

January 30th, 2018 Hue and Cry: 1,000 years of crime and punishment in a Kent Village
by Alex Ferris

February 2nd, 2018 Death and Funerals of Hanoverians
by Dr John Reuther

Branch enquiries to

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 2018 No meeting

February 9th, 2018 'Some Mother's Son'
by Peter Ewart
March 9th, 2018 'How far did our Ancestors travel?'
by Celia Heritage
April 13th, 2018
Branch AGM
followed by 'Four Battles of Ypres: background to our June trip to Flanders '
by Peter McCourt
May 11th, 2018 'Kentish Tithe Rebellions in modern times'
by John Bulaitis
June 8th, 2018 'The Ennumerator strikes back!'
by Dave Annal
June 18th, 2018 Overseas trip to Flanders
July 13th, 2018 OUTDOOR meeting - a guided tour somewhere near Canterbury -
£3 location to be confirmed
August 10th, 2018 'Barking up the wrong tree'
by John Titford
September 14th, 2018 'The Broken Branch: changes to names and how to deal with them.'
by Ian Waller
October 12th, 2018 'My Ancesters Were Revolting: the Battle of Bosenden Wood 1838'
by David Wood
November 9th, 2018 'The Ancestor I would most like to have met - or not!'
by Members
December 14th, 2018 'The Goose is getting fat: the history of Christmas traditions'
by Imogen Corrigan
January 2019 No MEETING


Monday 18th June 2018
DAY TRIP to FLANDERS & MENIN GATE to commemorate the end of WW1.
Itinerary being planned.
If you would like to be kept advised without obligation please email Tricia:

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).

FREE HELP with Kent & UK Family Research 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month, in the Diana Nash Room, The Landmark Centre 129, High Street Deal CT14 6BB

Meeting Dates

November 14th, 2017
7:15pm start
"A medical officer and his duties 1914/18"
by Andrew Morgan

December 12th, 2017 Members meeting and Christmas social

January 2018 No meeting

February 13th, 2018 'The Dover Patrol 1914 - 1918' by James Rouse

March 13th, 2018 To be advised

April 10th, 2018 AGM followed by
'When in want or Distress - Records of the Parish Overseer'
by Peter Ewart

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

December 13th, 2017 To be advised
January 10th, 2018 'Kent Surnames'
by Dr Paul Cullen
February 14, 2018 The Life & Times of Edith Cavell'
by Melanie Gibson-Barton
March 14, 2018 To be Advised
April 11, 2018 Branch AGM followed by 'Transcription Evening'

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

30th November 2017 'Farewell to Kent' by Helen Allinson

December 2017 No Meeting

25th January 2018 Speaker to be advised

22nd February 2018 Our Newspaper Heritage' by Meryl Catty

29th March 2018 The History of Kentish Seaside Resorts until WWI' by Ann Kneif

26th April 2018 Nonconformists' by Michael Gandy

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

November 15th, 2017

Bodiam Castle
by Geoff  Hutchinson

December 1st, 2017

Members' Christmas Party
(NB 2nd Wednesday)

January 17th, 2018 'Rationed Fashion'
by Lee Ault
February 21st, 2018 'Put that light out!: female searchlight unilt WWII'
by Imogene Corrigan
March 21st, 2018 'Death and Funerals of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs'
by Dr John Reuther
April 18th, 2018 'The history of the Kentish seaside resorts up to WWI
by Ann Kneif
May 16th, 2018 Branch AGM followed by Members' Talks
June 20th, 2018 'My grandmother was a spy'
by Janet Dean
July 18th, 2018 'Making the most of a computer for family history'
by Eric Probert
August, 2018 Members' OUTING to be advised
September 19th, 2018 'Funny funerals, weird wills and eccentric epitaphs'
by Cyril Bldwin
October 17th, 2018 'Tracing a 16th or 17th century English family tree'
by Celia Heritage
November 21st, 2018 'The story of a postcard'
by Dr & Mrs Graham Field
December 12th, 2018 Members' Christmas party:
NB moved forward to 2nd Wednesday due to Christmas

For additional Branch
Michael Lucas 01843 841228 E-mail:
Gerry Davis 01843 843028

Members – free, visitors welcome £2

Thanet Branch Web Site address:

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