Folkestone & District Family History Society

Folkestone & District Family History Society

Folkestone & District Family History Society

About Us

Folkestone is a port and holiday resort on the southeast coast of Kent, England, 10 km/6 miles SW of Dover; population over 44,000. It was one of the Cinque Ports. The Channel Tunnel terminal is here. It is the birthplace of the physician William Harvey.

The Folkestone and District Family History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of family history in the South East Kent area. It provides advice and assistance to members with South East Kent ancestry as well as to local members whose roots are elsewhere, and welcomes both the beginner and the more experienced family historian. The Society participates in projects to transcribe and index local source material and has strong links with the Folkestone Heritage Room.

We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm in the United Reformed Church Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone [close to Central Station]. Our programme includes speakers on subjects of interest to beginners and experts alike, as well as discussion and project sessions. Time is allowed at meetings for informal exchange of advice and information, shopping at the bookstall, and borrowing from our library of books on general and local subjects and sources, and journals from other societies. A guided walk of a place of local historical interest is usually arranged in the summer.

Our journal The Kentish Connection, published quarterly and free to members, contains articles by members and information on various family history topics. A Members Interests Index is maintained. The Society has transcribed and published some local monumental inscriptions.

The Society and its Members are actively involved in the transcribing and indexing of many local records and has a program for recording monumental inscriptions and other items of interest to Family Historians everywhere, including the 1851 Census Returns. Much of this work has already been published and copies of all our work go to many Record Offices and Libraries. Additional volunteers are always needed and are guaranteed a warm welcome by those who are already providing so much useful material for other Family Historians, both now and in the future.

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Part 1: Census Indexes

Surname indexes to the1851 censuses.

Part 2: Books

Publications on family history and local history.

Part 3: Defence of the Realm Indexes

Indexes to the paylists of Voluntary Forces raised for the home defence during the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars

Part 4: Monumental Inscriptions

Indexes to Monumental Inscriptions

Part 5: Miscellaneous Kent Indexes

Miscellaneous Indexes for East Kent

Part 6: Membership Subscriptions

Members living outside the UK/EU can join the Society or renew their subscriptions through GENfair.

Part 7: Special Offers

Reduced price publications

Part 8: Maps

Miscellaneous maps

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