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ABOUT THE SOCIETY

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.

OUR CATCHMENT AREA

The Society covers the following parishes in the present Shepway District Council area in the South East corner of Kent:

Acrise 
Appledore 
Blackmanstone 
Brenzett 
Brookland 
Broomhill 
Burmarsh 
Capel-le-Ferne 
Cheriton 
Dymchurch 
Eastbridge

Elham 
Elmstead 
Fairfield 
Folkestone 
Hawkinge 
Hope 
Hythe 
Ivychurch 
Lydd 
Lyminge 
Lympne

Midley 
Monks Horton 
New Romney 
Newchurch 
Newington-next-Hythe 
Old Romney 
Orgarswick 
Paddlesworth 
Postling 
St Mary in the Marsh 
Saltwood

Sandgate 
Sellinge 
Snargate 
Snave 
Stanford 
Stelling 
Stelling Minnis 
Stowting 
Swingfield 
West Hythe

MEETINGS

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. We will revert to meeting on the first Thursday from January 2018 at that location.
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 and shopping at the bookstall. A guided walk of a place of local historical interest is usually arranged in the summer.

PROJECTS

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.

PUBLICATIONS

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

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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