Chairman:   Mr John Young, 46 Paddock Mead, Harlow, Essex, CM18 7RR
     E-mail - chairman@esfh.org.uk

Programme Secretary:   Mrs Meryl Rawlings,
Contact may be made via the 'Contact Us' button shown above.

Each of our Branches has a volunteer contact who is able to provide help and information to members by e-mail regarding the area covered by the Branch.

Our Chelmsford HQ covers the Central area of the County and the contact for these enquiries is Mrs Meryl Rawlings at meryl.rawlings@btinternet.com

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

20th May 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Ian Boreham Investigates
    by Ian Boreham
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   Early Railway Workers
    by David Turner
17th June 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Call-on, containers and mummified cats -
    the archive of the Port of London Authority
    by London Museum Archivist
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   FamilySearch Tree - a talk
    by Sharon Hintze
15th July 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Turnpike Roads & Toll-houses
    by Patrick Taylor
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   Researching your Ancestors 1939-1945
    by Rob Parker
August 2017
  •                               There is no meeting this month
16th September 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   What happened to Lucy? - Before 1927 and legal adoption what happened to the unwanted child? Even after 1927 children were exploited, although supposedly cared for by institutions and well caring organisations. This talk looks at the plight of adoptees, foundlings, orphans and the Empire children (Child Migrants), essentially through the 19th & 20th centuries.
    by Ian Waller
  • Between sessions:  AGM - to be followed by the ...
  • Afternoon session:   Chelmsford: " Market, Mildmay and Marconi "
    by Yvonne Lawrence
21st October 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Land assessments
    by Eric Probert
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   The Dengie Coal Miners - ln the 1870s, agents of the Agricultural Union were active throughout Essex encouraging farm workers to leave their employment and to head north to the coal fields or even further afield to Australia. The dual purpose was to force up wages in Essex and to give the migrants a better future. Their message was taken up by many labourers and their families in the Maldon district as they strove to improve their lives. The well attended open air meetings in our villages of the "Labourers' Agitation" were all reported in the press and later, 'the exodus of whole families seeking new horizons. This talk will reveal the events and stories leading up to their departure and with the help of the 1881 census, where they headed, in what numbers, and their new careers. The census also shows how many stuck with the new life and how many returned to Essex to take up their old agricultural lives.
    by Kevin Bruce
18th November 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   GedCom Decoded
    by Charlie Mead
  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   Essex Churches Then & Now
    by Andrew Smith
16th December 2017
  • 10.30am Morning session:   Family History Question & Answer Section - Let our team of Experts attempt to bring down your brickwalls

  • 2.00pm Afternoon session:   Christmas on the Home Front - 1939-1945
    by Mike Brown

For further information about the programmes contact the Programme Secretary:
           Meryl Rawlings at meryl.rawlings@btinternet.com

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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