Chairman :   Mr Fred Feather  52 Symons Avenue Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5QE
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, 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

18th January 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Essex Parish Council Records
    by Ted Woodgate
  • mid-day session 12.15 approx:
    HMS Beagle - the Essex Connection, From voyages of Discovery to Paglesham Creek
    by Eric Probert
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
      Boxted Airfield (How an important WW2 base affected a small village    (this talk includes some amusing stories and unusual happenings)
    by By Richard Turner
15th February 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Victoria County History current research: Overseas migrants in Harwich in the 15th & 16th Century. This talk will examine the origins of the migrants, their status, how they supported themselves, the problems that they faced and how well they integrated into the local community.
    by Christopher Thornton
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
      Come Dine With Your Ancestor
    by Helen Matten
21st March 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Family History Workshop with a team of experienced members ready to help you with advice/demonstrations on such as Starting Your Family History, Family History Software, the GRO Database, Essex Record Office online, ESFH website, Find My Past, Ancestry, The Genealogist, Family Search, Wills, Find A Grave, DNA and much more.

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
      Making Do - Wartime fashions 1939 – 45
    by Carol Harris
18th April 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    How to waste time searching the website of The National Archives
    by Ian Boreham
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    "The Joys of Transcribing Church Records" - a journey back into 18th century Saffron Walden
    by Mike Furlong
16th May 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Can you spell that, please? - a close look at spelling in the past.
    by Angelia Hillier
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    How Our Ancestors Died
    by Mark Carroll
20th June 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Exploring your Local History - Beginning your own local history researches - and some fascinating tales from Essex history
    by Margaret Mills
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    History Through Beers Brewed in Essex
    by Keith Lovell
18th July 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    Probert on Probate - 'English & Welsh Wills 1858 & Later'
    by Eric Probert
19th September 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    The Internet Archive - (https://www.archive.org)     an under-utilised, but important genealogical resource, and I would like the opportunity to make members aware of the benefits of using it.
    by Mike Turner
17th October 2020
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    Evacuation in World War Two
    by Mike Brown
21st November 2020
  • 10.30am Morning session:
    "Essex Family and Local History Online"
    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
    by Stephen Nunn.
12th December 2020
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:
    "Please Sir, I Want Some More" - the life and diet in the workhouses of Essex.
    by Helen Matten

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.
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