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NEXT Talk at Ore Centre

Weds 10th April, 2019 –

WW1 Diary of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment: The War of Signal Sergeant Robinson, DCM, MM

by Martin Carey 

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Continuing our commemoration of the ending of the conflict and research into the aftermath

Some of the most valuable insights into the horrors and bravery of 1914-1918 and beyond come from the personal experiences of the participants and their families. Martin Carey’s subject, the decorated Signal Sergeant Robinson, DCM, MM will provide that.

 Open to Members and Non-Members

Starting 7:30 p.m. – Ore Community Centre, Old London Road, Ore, Hastings

Regular Talks – 2nd Wednesday of EVERY month

Wide range of topics of local and family history interest

Ore Community Centre, Ore Village, Hastings 7.30 p.m. 


The outstanding annual event for Family Historians and Genealogists

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April 2019 Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 2AY

60+ family history talks covered by over 50 professional speakers in 4 lecture theatres

Workshops with expert panellists, Q & A sessions and lots of stalls at one of London’s top venues

Advance Booking £12 adults, Under-16s Free (up to noon 25th April) – £14 on the door

search online “Family Tree Live”

Research Room

Open Thursdays & Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 12:30

For general enquiries and help – come and talk to us about your family!

 Make 2019 your Year of Discovery


The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is “Re-Branding”

You may know that the HRFHS is affiliated to the Federation of Family History Societies in common with most of the family history societies across the Country. The Federation is a useful step to finding information on a society covering an area of your ancestral interest as well as plenty of other useful content on its website.
Although the FFHS official title remains the same it will refer to itself as “Family History Federation” or “FHF” from the Family Tree Live event 26th April 2019. This date will also see the launch of its updated website.

Family Search at PRO, Kew

The Church of Latter Day Saints has for very many years amassed family history records with the aim of providing them free for ancestral research. The records are available online free of charge although site visitors need to create a free account – .
The Church of Latter Day Saints has operated “The London Family Search Centre” at the National Archives, Kew with a staff of volunteers. The centre will be closed from 23rd March 2019 but the National Archives has agreed to become a Family Search Affiliate Library and provide continued access to the free Family Search digital records. It would seem that the only difference will be that the Church volunteers will no longer be on hand.