Chairman :   Mr David Eniffer  3 Raycliff Avenue, Clacton, Essex. CO15 3TZ
email - via the 'Contact Us' button displayed above.

Programme Secretary:   Mrs Helen Matten.
Contact may be made via the 'Contact Us' button shown above.

Each of our Branches has a volunteer contact (click on "Contact Us" at the top of the page) who is able to provide help and information to members by e-mail regarding the area covered by that Branch.

Our Chelmsford HQ covers the Central area of the County and the contact for these enquiries is Mrs Meryl Rawlings.

General Family History interest meetings are held in the Galleywood Heritage Centre on Galleywood Common, Margaretting Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8TR normally on the third Saturday each month, excepting August. These afternoon meetings commence at 2.00pm.

Tutorials/Technology talks, particularly aimed at beginners, are also held from 10.30am at the Centre on the same day. Topics will alternate between technology-based talks and general interest talks to aid those newer to family history research.

From time to time short talks/presentations of interest to members will be given starting at 12.45pm approx.

The Galleywood Centre is open from 10.00am and the first of our meetings begins at 10.30am. Refreshments are available at all times between talks. There is free parking at the Centre and an overflow area on the Common itself. A stall with the full range of CDs published by the Society is available as well as a Help and Information desk to assist you with your research.

The programme of meetings is as follows

Click here to see reports of recent meetings

Please note that all meetings for the foreseeable future will be 'virtual' meetings and may be 'attended' via Zoom.       Please do not attend at the Galleywood Heritage Centre.

The IDs and Passwords for each session will be communicated by email nearer the date of the event.

21st November 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    "Essex Family and Local History Online" - this is a Zoom only meeting.
    by Eric Probert
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    Maldon and the Great War (World War 1) - this talk examines the character of the town at the outbreak of war in 1914 and looks at the early impact on the inhabitants as a result of a Zeppelin raid. It also outlines the activities of the Royal Flying Corps at nearby Goldhanger aerodrome and of the secret Naval Base at Osea and an analysis of the 248 Maldon and Heybridge men who made the ultimate sacrifice - this is a Zoom only meeting
    by Stephen Nunn.
12th December 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Pantomime and Music Hall through the centuries - this is a Zoom only meeting.
    by Alan Ruston
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    "Please Sir, I Want Some More" - the life and diet in the workhouses of Essex - this is a Zoom only meeting
    by Helen Matten
16th January 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    My Ancestor was a Liar - this is a Zoom only meeting.
    by David Anall
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    The Broken Branch - this is a Zoom only meeting.
    by Ian Waller
20th February 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    How to do things on a Windows PC that I have forgotten & finally Wrote down - this a Zoom only meeting
    by Ian Boreham
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    How Our Ancestors Died - this is a Zoom only meeting
    by Mark Carroll
27 March 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Workshop - to be arranged or altered as per restrictions.
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    "The Joys of Transcribing Church Records" - a journey back into 18th century Saffron Walden
    by Mike Furlong
17 April 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Can you spell that, please? - a close look at spelling in the past.
    by Angela Hillier
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    An introduction to market and nursery gardening and orchards in mid-Essex, c.1840-1990
    by Neil Wiffen
15 May 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Apprenticeship and Guilds
    by Sarah Doig
19 June 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Murder, Sex & Mayhem in English Churches
    by John Vigar
17 July 2021
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    Birth and Death - Hidden Secrets
    by Antony Marr
18 September 2021
  • 1.00pm session:
    Society Annual Generl Meeting -2020-21
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    The Life and Crimes of Margery
    by Helen Matten
16 October 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    The Great Flood of Canvey Island - this is a Zoom only meeting.
    by Janet Waldon of Canvey Archive
20 November 2021
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Probert on Probate - 'English & Welsh Wills 1858 & Later'
    by Eric Probert

For further information about the programmes contact the Programme Secretary
            Mrs Helen Matten via the 'Contact Us' button above

Postal address etc - please see top of this page

Don't forget to look at the reports from some of our recent meetings.
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