West London Group





We are a friendly group that meets three times a year, to provide an opportunity for local people with Suffolk ancestral interests to get together, do some research and exchange experiences.

We also have an opportunity to help represent the society at the local family history fairs held at Woking (pictured), Bracknell and Central London.




The West of London Group meetings are held on Saturdays, 2-5pm, at:

          Bishopshalt School
          Royal Lane
          UB8 3RF

All members and their guests are welcome, also anyone who is not yet a member but would like to consider joining.

Various books, and a good selection of Suffolk parish registers, the IGI, and other research material on CD and microfiche is available.



You are welcome to bring your own laptop to save possibly waiting to use ours.

Our speakers subjects cover a wide range of interesting interests.

The school entrance is located on Royal Lane a short distance from Hillingdon Hospital to the south, and the A4020 from Uxbridge to the north. When through the gate, follow the path round to the left, past a 1960s building, to a Victorian building with a bay window at the far end where there is plenty of free parking. Our meetings are held in the ground floor bay window room - along the corridor on the right.



Hillingdon Family History - Another family history society that meets regularly in Hillingdon at the Baptist Church, Hercies Road. A fully equipped Research room is available some Fridays and Saturdays


Mrs. Joan F. Horton
26 The Crescent, Slough, SL1 2LQ
01753 537673
or by Email:  westlondon@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Last Modified on 16/03/2017 by K Pulford


Meeting 06 October 2018 Bishopshalt School

Posted by David Horton on Thu, 10th May 2018

"Telling Your Story"  Anthony Wood.

The why, what, when and how of writing a memoir, gathering material and publishing.

We all love being able to put "flesh on the bones" of our ancestors. Discovering their life's ups and downs enables us to see them as the real people they were, and not just names and dates on dusty old records.

One day, we ourselves will be ancestors, and our descendants will be just as interested in us. We need to be good ancestors and make life easier for them!

Come along to our meeting at Bishopshalt School, Royal Lane, Hillingdon and learn more. In addition there will be the usual opportunities to do some research with our parish record CDs, books and other material - pick other members' brains and have a cup of tea.

Meeting 17 Feb 2018, 2-5pm Bishopshalt School, Roy

Posted by J Horton on Thu, 18th Jan 2018

There will be  two new parish register CDs available for you to research: Baptisms Dunwich Deanery 1754 - 1812, and Marriages, Blackbourne Deanery 1650 - 1753.  Of course all our other CDs, books etc will be available too.

Our talk will be "Gandma flew Spitfires" about the women of the WW2 Air Transport Auxiliary who ferried all types of aircraft to bomber and fighter command airfields - many of which were in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Our "Suffolk Roots" Editor, and Society Trustee Geoff Dennish from Stowmarket will be present, and is looking forward to meeting our Out of County Members.  So this will be a good chance to comment and make suggestions on "Roots" and the Society generally from the viewpoint of members at a distance from Suffolk.


At the 2017 West Surrey Family History Fair

Posted by J Horton on Wed, 20th Dec 2017

Jean Parkinson (right) and Joan Horton from our group joined Arthur Bird from Hadleigh at this event. A good day was had -  we met old friends as well as many others as yet unfamiliar with the Society whom we hope to see at our our future meetings.

The Family History Show - London, 2018

Posted by J Horton on Sat, 7th Oct 2017

Sat 22 September 2018 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, KT10 9AJ

This is the big one!  Discounted advance tickets are now available. http://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/tickets

Suffolk will be well represented with our stall manned by members from  Suffolk as well as from our West of London Group.  

There will be exhibitors from all over the country, so there will be plenty to interest SFHS members this side of London, who will almost certainly also have ancestors from London and points south and west.

West London

Posted by J Horton on Thu, 15th Oct 2015

We are now on Facebook!

You are welcome to join us at "Suffolk Family History Society - West of London Group".

What made your ancestors leave Suffolk for London and points west?  Add your stories and ancedotes and pictures to our page.



12/05/2018Life in the English Civil War
Barbara will be bringing some costumes and other props to give a realistic flavour of the period.
Barbara Wilkinson
06/10/2018Telling Your Story
The why, what, when and how of writing a memoir, gathering material and publishing.
Anthony Wood


For further details on the programme you should contact

Mrs. Joan F. Horton
26 The Crescent, Slough, SL1 2LQ
01753 537673
or by Email:  westlondon@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Contact

Mrs. Joan F. Horton
26 The Crescent, Slough, SL1 2LQ
01753 537673
or by Email:  westlondon@suffolkfhs.org.uk

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