WEST ESSEX BRANCH, HARLOW
Where we meet:
The Branch meets at the St. John's Arts & Recreation Centre, Market Street, Harlow, CM17 0AJ .
This building is the former St John the Baptist church which has been converted into a well used recreation centre. It is an appropriate building for family historians to meet.
When we meet:
The Branch meets on the first Saturday of each month.
Doors open at 2.15pm so that members can discuss their research and make use of our facilities. These comprise of a library of genealogy books, available for loan to Society members, and internet access where we can give help in using on line sources, including our Society databases
Our talks start at 2.45pm. They last for about one hour, followed by refreshments and discussion.
All are welcome at the meetings, so come along and meet other family historians.
The programme of meetings can also be seen on our 'ESFH Events' page.
5 January 2019 Annie Bessant and the Match Girls Strike with Jeff Page
The strike was caused by the poor working conditions in the match factory, including fourteen-hour work days, poor pay, excessive fines and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus, such as phossy jaw, but was sparked by the dismissal of one of the workers on or about 2 July 1888
2 February 2019 Female Convicts (Great Britain inc. Essex) by Ken Griffin
We have had talks about Male Convicts before now come and hear about female convicts including ones who came from Essex
2 March 2019 Oral History – Harlow New Town by Sue Spiller
What memories can you contribute?
6 April 2019 The Compleat Parish Officer with Sarah Doig
Supporting the local community in the 18th century
4 May 2019 Our Newspaper Heritage by Meryl Catty
A light-hearted introduction to the history of the press enlivened with extracts from old newspapers (humorous, tragic and macabre as well as the more mundane).
1 June 2019 Hertfordshire Militia Lists by Janet & John Pearson
Hertfordshire has a very comprehensive set of Militia lists from the period 1757 to 1801. These record the names of the men in the parish who were liable to serve in the County militia, and is in effect a census of most of the adult males between the ages of 18 and 45.
6 July 2019 Question Time with Elizabeth Cox
Have you a family history problem you would like the panel to try and resolve for you
3 August 2019 Stow Maries Airfield with Fred Feather
Stow Maries is a military aviation museum based at an aerodrome near Maldon, Essex - it celebrates the importance of the early air forces in the Great War of 1914-1918
7 September 2019 Annual General Meeting
followed by The New River by Richard Thomas
Follow the building of this 400-year-old, 40-mile-long, wandering man-made waterway from Chadwell Spring in Hertfordshire to the Round Pond in Islington. It was created to supply Jacobean London with fresh drinking water when many of the population were having to consume untreated River Thames water.
5 October 2019 Essex Family & Local History on Line by Eric Probert
Eric will be talking about various Essex web sites that could help you find information about your Essex ancestor and where they lived
2 November 2019 The Brickwall I have managed to knock down withj Local Members
This year some members will tell us how they solved their family history problems.
7 December 2019 Christmas Quiz & Social with Elizabeth Cox
Our annual social gathering with the family history orientated quiz and mince pies!
Reports of previous Talks:
Don't forget to look at the 'Reports' of talks that we have enjoyed at recent meetings.
Chairman - Miss Elizabeth Cox, 9 Riverside Court, Cambridge Road, Harlow, Essex CM20 2AD
Telephone - UK 01279 434267 International +44 1279 434267
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Mrs Sue Spiller, 31 Ash Tree Field, Harlow, CM20 1QD
E-mail - email@example.com
Each of our Branches has a volunteer contact (click "Contact Us" at the top of this page) who is able to provide help and information to members by e-mail regarding the area covered by the Branch. Our Harlow Branch covers Harlow. Epping, Ongar, Hatfield Heath, Hatfield Broad Oak and the villages in between and the contact for these enquiries is Mrs Sue Spiller at firstname.lastname@example.org
News etc from West Essex (Harlow) branch may now also be found on Facebook at
Don't forget to look at the reports from some
of our recent meetings.
Last updated: 15/01/2019 18:44:48