Friday, 22 October 2010

West Surrey Family History Society Open Day - Saturday 6th November

As a keen London researcher living in Guildford, I shall be attending the West Surrey Family History Society Open Day and Family History Fair on Saturday 6th November, being held at the Woking Leisure Centre.  Further details are available here

London related stalls will include:  Southwark Family History, East Surrey FHS, London Westminster & Middlesex FHS, West Middlesex FHS, British Records Association and London Family History Centre.
Much of what is now part of the Greater London was previously part of Surrey, and therefore covered by the East Surrey and West Surrey Family History Societies.  So for people researching London ancestors who lived south of the river, for example in Lambeth or Southwark, these two societies can be useful sources of information. 

Some very useful finding aids for researching Surrey ancestors, including Metropolitan Surrey, can be found on CD's produced by the West Surrey Family History Society. A full list of these indices can be found here.  Copies of some of these have been deposited at the Surrey History Centre, also located in Woking and containing archives relating to both Metropolitan and Rural Surrey.

Finally, nearby is the Brookwood Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Britain, which was laid out in 1854 in order to provide burial facilities for Londoners for the next 500 years.  The graves of many Londoners can be found here.

Altogether several reasons for those with London ancestors to make a trip to Woking - and I hope to see some of you there!

Rosemary Morgan
London Roots Research

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