We hold meetings in Central London on the second Saturday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.
King's Cross Methodist Church
The church is opposite King's Cross Mainline Station.
The nearest Underground / train station is King's Cross St Pancras (Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Victoria lines).
The rooms are open from 12.15 and there is space for people to eat lunch before the meeting starts. Tea and coffee are available.
Speakers usually give their talks at 13.30 and 15.30 (except at the AGM in June).
Please see the Links page for the Internet Handouts (containing links to many genealogy websites) from these previous speakers:
Peter Christian - “Making Contact: Surnames and Pedigrees on the Internet” (12 February 2011)
Jeanette R. Rosenberg - “My Research In Germany: Where I've Been and What I've Found” (9 April 2011)
Dr. Barrie Trinder - “Wandering Musicians: German Bands in Victorian England” (11 February 2012)
13 April 2013
1.30pm: – Never Assume: Looking for a Lost Relative – Rose Mint (Member)
This is a short talk highlighting several difficulties encountered by Rose when trying to track down an elusive relative
2pm: – 230 Years of the Bullwinkles in England – Pete Smee from Thundering Web (genealogy and web services)
Come and hear this short talk about Pete’s Bullwinkle/Bullwinkel ancestors. One of his Bullwinkle relatives was an early member of our society and is still going strong at over 90. He clearly chose the right parents
3.30pm: – Ally Pally Prison Camp – Dr. Maggie Butt, Middlesex University
Dr. Maggie Butt has woven together letters, poetry and artwork, mostly from or to internees in Alexandra Palace, to give us some sense of what it was like to be interned there. This thought-provoking presentation is our second talk (after Nick McCormick’s talk in December about artist George Kenner’s WWI internment camp paintings and drawings) in an intermittent series of WWI talks in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the start of the war in 2014. Whether or not your ancestor was interned or fought on either side or stayed at home, it is unlikely that any of our ancestors were untouched by the war.
8 June 2013
1.30pm: – AGM
2.45pm (approx.): – Islington Meistersingers
3.30pm: – The German Community in Liverpool, c.1750-1918 - Professor Robert Lee, Chaddock Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Liverpool
If you missed the AGFHS Conference in Liverpool in September of 2012, here is your chance to hear about Professor Lee’s research on the history of Germans in Liverpool. We had a lot of positive feedback about all the Conference talks, and Professor Lee’s was both informative and entertaining, regardless of whether or not you had Liverpool ancestors, so please come to hear him if you can. If you did attend the Conference, please note that this talk includes additional research done since our Conference, so there will be something new for you as well.
5-8pm: – June Social
It will include time to socialise, delicious, authentic German food and of course a quiz to keep everyone on their toes.
Please contact me asap to book places – contact details in the front cover of the Blatt
All cheques to be made to AGFHS only please
Please note, due to a price rise from the caterers we also have no choice but to increase the cost of the social to £11.50. This is the first rise in over two years and I hope you will agree it is still good value.
Latest date for booking is 28th May 2013
Noële Barnfield – Chair Person
10 August 2013
1.30pm: – A Woman of Wax: The Remarkable Life of Madame Tussaud – Tony Weston
Madame Tussaud was born Anna Maria Grosholtz in Strasbourg in 1761. Taught her trade by Dr.Curtius in Paris, she lived for some years in the Palace of Versailles with the Royal family. She was arrested and came very close to the guillotine in Revolutionary France, and she later came to England where she spent over thirty years ‘on the road’ as a travelling show-woman. Come hear this interesting talk which was recommended by a member who had heard it elsewhere.
3.30pm: – Polish Resettlement in Britain after WW2 - Wies Rogalski (Volunteer at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey)