Regular meetings

 

We hold meetings in Central London on the second Saturday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.

 

Venue:

King's Cross Methodist Church
6 Crestfield Street
London WC1H 8BB

The church is opposite King's Cross Mainline Station.

 

Travel:

The nearest Underground / train station is King's Cross St Pancras (Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Victoria lines).

View a map of King's Cross Methodist Church

 

Times:

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).

 

Speakers’ recommendations

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)

 

10 February 2018

1.30pm - Cemeteries in London – Kathy Chater, author and family historian

The London area has over one hundred cemeteries and other burial grounds. For various reasons an ancestor may not be buried near a place of residence. Kathy will also discuss how to track down an elusive London grave.

3.30pm - Ethnic Cleansing? The End of 'Little Germany' in the East End of London – Sigrid Werner, member

 This talk covers Sigrid’s research (so far!) of what happened to the German community of Tower Hamlets during WWI, with emphasis on the stories of the women.

 

14 April 2018

1.30pm - German Sugar Bakers in London’s East End – from the Sixteenth Century to the Twentieth – Suzanne Frick Davis, historian and editor, National Maritime Museum

Suzanne’s talk will cover the industry in the East End and its influence on surrounding communities. She will also cover the wide variety of backgrounds from which the sugar bakers came, as well as a few of the more famous members of their families. She will mention many German surnames—perhaps your family will be there! This is the talk that was cancelled last April.

3.30pm - War Artists of World War One – Jane Fox, Family Historian

 There were many male artists, both professional and amateur, recording the experience of war but only a handful of women.  This talk discusses the role of these women and looks at how their work differs from that of their male counterparts.

 

9 June 2018

1.30pm - AGM

3.30pm - Using DNA in Family History – Peter Towey, member

Even if you sent off your DNA for analysis some time ago you will still find this talk of interest. There have been a few advances since the early days of DNA study.

5.00-8.00pm - Summer Social - Please contact Noele Barnfield to book your place.

 

11 August 2018

1.30pm - Spitalfields - David Williams, London Blue Guide

David says of his topic: This area close to Liverpool Street Station was better known in the past for crime, poverty and slum housing. Now houses are being refurbished and selling for over £1m and there are a growing number of thriving fashion, media and tech companies. Once it was home to many thousands of Huguenots fleeing from Continental persecution; so too were the Jews and today there is a vibrant Bangladeshi community who contribute to the cultural mix which makes this such a fascinating area.

3.30pm - The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 – Dr. Stephen Summerfield, Loughborough University

This war is also known as The Seven Weeks War and has been overshadowed in history by the Franco-Prussian War of only a few years later. However, this war was responsible for many Prussians, especially Pomeranians, emigrating to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and elsewhere. If your ancestor(s) arrived in the last few years of the 1860s, it may be that this war was the reason they left home.

 

13 October 2018

1.30pm - German Prince of Plants: Jacob Bobart, First Keeper of Oxford’s Botanical Garden, and His Colourful Descendants – Mark Davies, Walks Guide and Speaker

Born in Brunswick, Bobart was appointed as keeper of this garden in about 1641.  His son Jacob followed him in the job, while another son, Tilleman, was instrumental in the creation of the grounds of Blenheim Palace.  A later descendant also became an Oxford celebrity.  This talk will also touch on a few other Germans who were important in Oxford’s history and development.

3.30pm - TBA -

 

8 December 2018

1.30pm - TBA

3.30pm - TBA -

5.00pm - Christmas Social

 

 

 

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