The Family History Show, London


The Family History Show, London 2019

Sat 24th August 2019, 10:00-16:30

Sandown Race Park

visit web site for full details

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair

Saturday 6th October 2018

10am - 4pm

Free entry, free parking

Wheelchair and child friendly
Get help with your research – particularly in Oxfordshire but also in other counties
A variety of subject experts will be present
Browse and buy books, CDs, maps, postcards and materials from specialist companies
Refreshments available

Full details on web site

Huguenot Month Launches in Spitalfields

October is Huguenot Month

Red dress image

Huguenots were French Protestant refugees who fled persecution during the 16th to 18th centuries, many of whom settled in London. They contributed their skills to many fields, including silk weaving, furniture design, spinning and dyeing, silversmithing, clock making and jewellery.

‘Huguenots of Spitalfields’ have a packed programme of events to celebrate these extraordinary, creative and talented people.

Highlights include:

  • Take a step back in time - Visit the unique and atmospheric ‘still-life drama’ of Dennis Severs’ House – a beautiful Georgian house in Folgate Street.

  • Enjoy a Georgian-Style ‘Back in Time for Dinner’

  • Find out how to trace your Huguenot ancestors

  • Hear how Queen Anne’s ladies-in-waiting prepared for her dazzling candlelit birthday ball, at the Townhouse in Fournier Street.

  • Hear Dan Cruickshank talk about Queen Mary II and enjoy a gin and tonic.

  • Take a room-by-room tour of a Georgian house in Spitalfields to eavesdrop on those living and working in the kitchen, parlour, bed chamber and garret.

For full programme visit:

Bryant & May Match Girls

Are you related to a Matchgirl, or anyone involved in the Strike?

Bryant&May Match Girls

My Great Grandmother, Sarah Chapman, was a leader in the 1888 Matchgirls Strike (read more in my article here).

I am arranging a walk in London to mark the 130th anniversary of the Strike on 7th July in London this year.

We will retrace the steps the girls took after walking out on strike and hope to have some speakers afterwards.

To add atmosphere, we are also encouraging folks to dress up in Victorian costume.

It is a free event so do join us if you can but please register here so that I can keep track of numbers.

Finally, I also have a campaign to save Sarah's grave at Manor Park Cemetery, which is in danger of being mounded over to make more burial space so please support this campaign.

Best regards,

Samantha Johnson (Member 015392)

The Name Event 5th-6th May 2018


Exhibition & Conference Centre
IBIS Hotel
47 Lillie Road
Earls Court

5th - 6th May 2018

10:00am - 4:30pm

Entrance £12.50 each

(Sorry no sales on the door, advance ticket only)

The East of London Family History Society will have a stall at this event

Click here to learn more

Event - East End Life Through the Lens

through the lens of a camera
from one World War to another

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Tower Hamlets Local History & Archives
277 Bankcroft Road
Stepney E1 4DQ
Tel: 0207 364 1290

Entrance is free


Life and culture in the East End of London as captured on film from World War 1 to the early 1950s.
Once again, a tumultuous period for the area,rocked by events of national and international significance.
Now let the camera tell its tale.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Film screening: Goodbye Longfellow Road
Saturday 17 September 2016, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
A free screening of rarely seen 'Goodbye Longfellow Road' (1977, 78 mins), a documentary originally broadcast on ITV, telling the story of the residents of a Stepney street. Declared a slum in the 1930s, earmarked for demolition in 1943 but still inhabited in the 1970s: what happened when the bulldozers finally moved in? No booking required.

History Hoppers
Wednesday 20 July 2016, 2.30-4.30pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Come along to our monthly drop-in History Hoppers group, where participants will have the chance to explore a variety items from our archive collection relating to the history of the local area, including photographs, old newspapers, letters and diaries. Refreshments provided. Free, no booking required.

Upcoming History Hoppers dates:
Wednesday 17 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Wednesday 21 September, 2.30-4.30pm

Talk: Looking Back - A Century of Life in Bethnal Green
Saturday 3 September 2016, 2-3pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Join author Joyce Hampton who will discuss her book 'Looking Back: a century of life in Bethnal Green', which is both a family memoir and an exploration of the area's fascinating history from 1862 to 1962. Free, no booking required.

Talk: The Irish East End
Saturday 1 October 2016, 2-3pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
Rescheduled from April: join Professor Bronwen Walter, Emerita Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, for this illustrated talk on the history of Irish people in London's East End, focusing on the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s. Free, no booking required.

Suffolk Family History Society Fair


The Suffolk Family History Society Fair and A.G.M.
10am to 4pm Saturday 24th September 2016

Suffolk University Campus
Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1QJ


FREE PARKING opposite the venue

For more information see:

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting of the East of London Family History Society

Date: Saturday 23rd January 2016

Time: 2.30pm (registration from 2.00pm)

Venue: The Museum of London, No. 1 Warehouse,
London E14 4AL

1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters Arising
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Auditor
6. Election of Chairman
7. Election of Officers
8. Motions put before the AGM:

i) in accordance with paragraph 9.2 of the Society’s constitution it is proposed that the following subscription rates should apply:

New rates:
On-line £10
UK £15
Europe £20
Rest of the World £25

9. Any Other Business All

WDYTYA? 2014

The Society enjoyed a busy 3 days at the "Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014" event at Olympia on the 20th - 2nd February 2014.

Being the world's biggest family history show, "Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014" gathered together a huge variety of companies and services involved in family history under one roof.

The East of London Family History Society attracted a lot of interest:

From all the major online resource holders to libraries, museums and dozens of family history societies from across the UK, there was a vast array of exhibitors to provide advice and information.

AGM 2011

Stratford Old Town Hall

The first talk of the day

Inside Stratford Old Town Hall

´┐╝Inside Stratford Old Town Hall

The Society Book Stall

The Chairman's Report

An Honorary Life Membership presented to Jean Vagg

Vera Bangs hands over to new General Secretary Janet Seward

An Honorary Vice Presidency awarded to Vera Bangs

AGM 2010

Eastbury Comprehensive School, Hulse Avenue, Barking.

The calm before the storm

Volunteers ready to sell tickets

Main entrance & reception

The Society stand

Exhibitor's stalls

A busy day on the Society book stall

Assembling for the AGM

Chairman's Report

Vera Bangs and Stephen Park presenting raffle prizes

Another lucky raffle winner