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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 members whose roots are elsewhere, and welcomes the beginner and the more experienced family historian alike.
The Society covers the following parishes in the present Shepway District Council area in the South East corner of Kent:
St Mary in the Marsh
We now meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 pm for 7.15 pm in the Church Hall of All Souls Church, Cheriton, Folkestone, CT19 4HA. 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. A guided walk of a place of local historical interest is usually arranged in the summer.
The Society participates in projects to transcribe and index local source material and has strong links with the Folkestone Heritage Room. We are currently transcribing monumental inscriptions in churchyards in the area. Anyone wishing to assist with these projects is invited to contact our Projects Coordinator.
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 and a directory published from time to time.
Subscriptions are payable on joining and thereafter on 1 July annually. Subscription rates are detailed in Applying for Membership.
For further enquiries about the Society contact the Secretary.
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