HEADQUARTERS - CHELMSFORD

Acting Chairman and Deputy Webmaster :   Mr Paul Stirland 23 Leys Road Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9EX
email - via the 'Contact Us' button displayed above.

Programme Secretary:   Mrs Meryl Rawlings,
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 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

21st April 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:   The ESFH Website and SEAX explained
    by Ian Boreham

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   The First Blitz - from the outset of World War I the Germans worked on plans to destroy the heart of the British Empire in a firestorm delivered from the air. Beginning with the first Zeppelin airship raids of 1915 to the Gotha and Giant bombers that followed. This talk explores the effect on London, the civilian population and the legacy that remains visible to the present day.
    by Charlie Mead
19th May 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:   How to knock down brick walls with the help of your cousins - looking at both records-based research and DNA - as well as explaining how the LostCousins website can help
    by Peter Calver

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   A History of Surnames
    by Charlie Haylock
16th June 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Galleywood History through its Archives
    by Susan Wilson and Phil Walters

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   A History of Crittalls
    by Natalie Banks
21st July 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Making the Most of a computer for Family History
    by Eric Probert

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   Wind and Water - a brief history of milling
    by Peter Jones
15th September 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:   London Metropolitan Archives
    by Louise Harrison
  • 1.30pm Intermediate session:   AGM - followed by ...

  • 2.30pm Afternoon session:   19th Century Agricultural Labourers 1800-1870 (Part 1)   -    the second talk will take place in 2019 and take the story to the Great War
    by Ted Woodgate
20th October 2018
  • All day:       Essex Society for Family History Open Day - All are welcome!
    More details will be added later.
17th November 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Essex in London - Ancestral Research in parts of Essex now within London Boroughs
    by Eric Probert

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:  Hylands House in the Great War - World War One was a busy time at Hylands, owned at the time by Sir Daniel Gooch, - on Thursday 14th August 1914 Hylands Military Hospital opened and on Friday 11th April 1918 it closed. During this time about 1500 soldiers were treated there, and we have the stories of a few of them. There were also reviews of local troops in the park by both the King and Lord Kitchener.
    by Linda Knock
15th December 2018
  • 10.30am Morning session:  Family History Question Time
    by the resident Experts

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:  Seasonal Customs and Traditions in Essex
    by Mark Lewis

For further information about the programmes contact the Programme Secretary:
           Mrs Meryl Rawlings 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.
Last updated: 29/03/2018 12:05:02

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