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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

  To be advised

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

August 12, 2016 ‘Family History through an Object’, Members will talk about an item of memorabilia and its place in their family history.

September 9, 2016 'The Caged Woman: A history of 19th century clothing’
by Lee Ault

October 14, 2016 'How to look after your documents and artefacts'
by Ariane Langreder - Canterbury Cathedral’s
Head of Book & Paper Conservation.

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:
Subject and Speaker to be confirmed

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

February 9, 2016

“The Swing Riots”
by Peter Ewart
at The Cleary Hall (7.30pm)


March 8, 2016

'Probate and missing people'
by Dr David Wright

April 12, 2016 A.G.M. Please note 7.15 start
'Which John Curling? Dealing with hand-me-down Christian Names'
by LucyAnn Curling

May 10, 2016 'Imperial Capital: discovering what my Grandfather did in Delhi'
by James Rouse

June 14, 2016 'The Diaries of George H Rose'
by Sharon Morris

July 12, 2016 'Non Conformity'
by Pat Smith

Aug 9, 2016 'Bugs Plague and Pestilence'
by John Reuther

September 13, 2016 'If you can't beat them, join them - A customs officers account of his smuggling ancestors'
by Gerry Williams

October 11, 2016 TBA

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

February 17, 2016 Transcription Evening
(This is a change to our normal day which falls on Ash Wednesday so we have delayed the meeting by one week for our transcription work).

March 9, 2016 Researching Publican and Brewer Ancestors
by Simon Fowler

April 13, 2016 The Poor of Otham and nearby parishes: The Coxheath Poor House
by Dr Hugh Vaux

May 11, 2016 Wandering the Somme (1916)
by Melanie Gibson-Barton|

June 8, 2016 AGM and Peter Ewart "Tales of a Genealogist"

July 13, 2016 'Six degrees of separation'
by David Cufley
An informal evening with tea and cakes provided
August 2016 No Meeting

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


Medway Branch meet on the last Thursday of the month (except August & December)
At All Saints Parish Hall, Church Green, Frindsbury. ME2 4HY
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Meeting Dates

December, 2015 No Meeting.

January 28, 2016 (Members’ Afternoon Meeting)

February 25, 2016 Not Just The Workhouse - Kent Poor Law Union Records
by Deborah Collins

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

February 17, 2016 Further explorations in Africa by Major Percy Powell-Cotton
by a Speaker from Quex

March 16, 2016 Thr dregs of the people remain: The Black Death and its aftermath.
by Imogen Corrigan

April 20, 2016 Deaths & Funerals of Medieval Monarchs
by John Reuther

May 18, 2016 AGM + Members’ Talks, etc

June 15, 2016 Invitation to a Manorial Court
by Jean Stirk

July 20, 2016 Women - Fanous. infamous and unsung
by Chris McCooey

August 2016 NO MEETING – Outing T.B.A.

September 21, 2016 The life and loves of Edward VII
by Sheila Boyd

October 21, 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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