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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

December 11,2015 'Probate and Missing Persons'
by Dr David Wright

January 2016 NO MEETING

February 12, 2016 'Smuggling in Kent'
by Peter Ewart

March 11, 2016 'Without Let or Hindrance, the story of passports'
by Martin Lloyd

April 8, 2016 Branch AGM followed by a Talk
'African Ancestry' by Paul Crooks

May 13, 2016 'Canterbury's Medieval Almshouses'
by Sheila Sweetinburgh

June 10, 2016 'Dr Williams' Library': of English Protestant non-conformity
by Dave Annal

July 8, 2016 OUTDOOR MEETING - Fordwich and Sturry £3
limited places booking only see branch contact below

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


Saturday June 11, 2016: – KEW £23
The National Archives or Royal Botanic Garden.

Outing starts in Sturry where we have free parking.
Three stops in Canterbury including Dover Rd Park & Ride,
The final stop is on A2 Preston, Faversham.

Trips must be booked and paid for in advance and are open to
Members & Non Members alike on a first come first served basis.

Book with branch contact 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 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 £1. Onsite parking is limited but Union Road council car park is less than 5 minutes walk away from the hall.

Meeting Dates

December 8, 2015 Picture Quiz and mincepies

January 2016 No meeting

February 9, 2016 “The Swing Riots”
by Peter Ewart

March 8, 2016

N.B. 7.15 start
'Probate and missing people'
by Dr David Wright
preceded by AGM

April 12, 2016 '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 'Introduction to a vestry meeting'
by Jean Stirk

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 'Non Conformity'
by Pat Smith

November 13, 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 11, 2015 How Far Did Our Ancestors Travel
by Celia Heritage

December 9, 2015 Christmas Social

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

November 26, 2015 Working in Medway 100 years ago
by James Preston

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

November 18, 2015 "The Gentlemen at War – The Police in World War II"
by Roy Ingleton

December 16, 2015 Members’ Christmas Party



Thanet Branch does organise trips to
the above location for Thanet and
Canterbury Branch members.
Also, we sometimes run outings
to central London.
Please contact this branch for details.

For additional Branch
Michael Lucas 01843 841228
Gerry Davis 01843 843028

Thanet Branch Web Site address:

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