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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 31st, 2017 'My Ancestor was a Miller'
by Laurie Page

November 28th, 2017 Queen Victoria's Dreadful Uncles
by Georgia Reed

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

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

January 2018 No meeting


June 2018 (day to be advised)
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

October 10th, 2017 "The Guild of One-Name Studies"
by Cliff Kemble

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

October 11th, 2017 To be advised
November 8th, 2017 To be advised
December 13th, 2017 To be advised
January 10th, 2018 'Kent Surnames'
by Dr Paul Cullen

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 October 2017 'Ecclesiastical Courts - Sin, Sex and Probate' by Colin Chapman

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

December 2017 No Meeting

25th January 2018 Speaker to be advised

22nd February 2018 Speaker to be advised

29th March 2018 Speaker to be advised

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

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 E-mail:
Gerry Davis 01843 843028

Members – free, visitors welcome £2

Thanet Branch Web Site address:

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