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The Society was formed in 1986 to encourage the study and research of Family History in Hastings and Rother. This area is often referred to as 1066 country due to its connection with the Norman Conquest at the Battle of Hastings. Today the society has worldwide membership and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies (Registered Charity No. 298438).

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The late Hastings & Rother Family History Society Founder: Stan Tomlin

On the occasion of Stan Tomlin’s death in 2002, current President and Founder Member, Jean Donaldson, wrote the following obituary:

Stan, a Sussex man through and through, was born in Hastings. The baby of a family of five, he served in the Sussex Police in Brighton, Hove and Chailey. On his retirement from the Police he became an Animal Inspection Officer for the East Sussex County Council.

Stan was a great upholder of the law and would leave no stone unturned to trace anyone in breach of byelaws. He had been known to wait all night to check on any animals being moved without the right paperwork.

Stan formed the Hastings & Rother Family History Group with the same eye for detail and getting things right. The success of the Society owes much to his firm handling of Committee matters and setting out the Constitution. He felt greatly honoured when the Society made him Life President and, just before he died, naming the Research Library “The Tomlin Room”.

His own family history was just as well ordered. I worked with him for over 23 years on the Tomlin family and he would record and double-check it in minute detail. He wrote a book on Hastings Volunteer Firemen – of whom his Father and Grandfather were two. His illness was bravely borne and there was still laughter and the odd difference of opinion about the Family Tree. Even his funeral was planned to make sure it went smoothly, and the large number of people who attended was one sign of how much he was loved. A Loved and Loving Husband, Father, Brother and Uncle, he leaves a widow, two sons and grandchildren. He was a very special man who will be missed by all who knew him.

Rest in Peace, Uncle Stan