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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

October 25th, 2016 Find My Past'
by Myko Clelland

November 29th, 2016 Christmas Traditions'
by Geoff Hutchins

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 7.00 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

November 11, 2016 'Death Records'
by Celia Heritage

December 9, 2016 'Who was Mrs Williamson?
An interactive genealogical detective story.
by John Titford

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 Subject and Speaker to be confirmed

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


To be advised

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 Wesley Hall in Trinity Church, Union Road, Deal, CT14 6EA. Doors open at 7.00 pm and talks start at 7.30 pm. Meetings are open to all and are free to Members of KFHS - Non Members pay £2. Onsite parking is limited but Union Road council car park is less than 5 minutes walk away from the hall.

Meeting Dates

November 8, 2016 'Robert Constantine: Turkey Merchant'
by Sheila Harris

December 13, 2016 'The wicked trade - an entertainment with music'
by Simon Gregory

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

November 9th, 2016 To be advised

December 14th, 2016 Christmas Social 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

October 27th, 2016 I've lost my ancestors before 1837'
by Celia Heritage

November 24th, 2016 Lucky me, my ancestors' were Ag.Labs.'
by Peter Ewart

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. 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. Non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings.

Meeting Dates

October 19, 2016 19th Century migration within Britain
by Celia Heritage

November 16, 2016 Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates - How much on them can we trust?
by David Wright

December 14, 2016

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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