ESFH 50th Anniversary Year Events

Join the Essex Society for Family History in celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

“50 years of Researching Essex Ancestors.”


The celebrations will begin at Galleywood Heritage Centre on the 18th of May with the Anniversary Roadshow with a “Then & Now” display. Members are invited to send in photos of the area they live in from the early 1970s and showing the same place this year for this display.

This will be followed by further Roadshows around the county.

“Where There’s A Will” – Family History Murder Mystery Play

The perultimate event will take place at the Keene Hall, Galleywood on the 21st of September where Toni Neobard & Kate Broad's interactive family history themed murder mystery evening, "Where There's a Will", will take place". Toni & Kate are established local playwrights, authors, and speakers. The performance is a comedy in 3 acts with interaction from the audience, who will be invited to bring their own refreshments. There will be a raffle and prizes for the winning team guessing the murderer(s).

Genealogy Challenge Trail

There will also be a "Genealogy Challenge Trail" is for all our members from the UK and all over the world, with some great prizes. All you need to do is follow the genealogical clues to help solve a crime. Why not join Essex Society for Family History and take part.

Calendar of Events

Date Venue Event
18th May 2024
Galleywood Heritage Centre 50th Anniversary Roadshow
22nd Jun 2024
South Woodham Ferrers Library 50th Anniversary Mini Roadshow with Help Desks
6th Jul 2024
South East Essex Branch 50th Anniversary Roadshow
13th Jul 2024
North East Essex Branch 50th Anniversary Roadshow - Click here for details
3rd Aug 2024
West Essex Branch 50th Anniversary Roadshow
15th Sep 2024
Hylands House, Heritage Open Day 50th Anniversary Roadshow
21st Sep 2024
Keene Hall, Galleywood “Where There's a Will” - a Family History Murder Mystery Play
19th Oct 2024
Galleywood Heritage Centre A.G.M. plus other activities to be announced

We have lots of great prizes kindly donated by Ancestry, FindMyPast, My Heritage and The Genealogist

We will share more details about these events in the coming weeks.

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