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Unless otherwise stated, our meetings are in the Church Hall of All Souls Church, Somerset Road, Cheriton, Folkestone, CT19 4HA, on the first Thursday. Doors open at 7pm, the talk to commence at 7.30.

All members and visitors welcome. A minimum donation of £2 is requested from visitors.

Visitors: if you are interested in taking part in a Zoom meeting please contact to receive a link (7.25 for 7.30 pm for a ZOOM meeting).


Folkestone Library (Grace Hill) has now been closed since “9th November” 2022 and will remain closed until further notice.

HOWEVER, since the 20th November 2023 the Local History material is now available again just across the road at 5 Grace Hill, CT20 1HA. Based in the former Shepway Youth Hub building, visitors will have access to library services, including primarily much of Folkestone’s local history collection, public PCs, free Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi printing, microfilm reader, and a photocopier.

OPENING HOURS at 5 Grace Hill (Folkestone Library Heritage and Digital Access sign with KCC and Kent Libraries logos): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30am–1pm and 2pm–4:30pm — Wednesday: closed — Saturday: 9:30am–1pm.

OPENING HOURS at the Cheriton Library: Monday: 9am–5pm (closed 1pm–2pm) — Tuesday: now open 9am–5pm (closed 1pm–2pm) — Wednesday: 9am–1pm — Thursday: 9am–5pm (closed 1pm–2pm) — Friday: 10am–5pm (closed 1pm–2pm) — Saturday: 10am–4pm (open an extra two hours). Most Kent Libraries are open, but best to check on line or by ringing 03000 413131.

The microfiche etc are still in our cupboard in the Cheriton Library.


January 4th

ZOOM – Commonwealth War Graves – Research and records using the CWGC Archives: explore some of the gems of our collection and discover more about our war records – James O’Brien

February 1st

HALL – Setting out Trees for the current times – Bring your own or part of it to show how you keep your information, plus thoughts on the Family Tree for the future, taking into account the various different family set ups that now exist – Interactive discussion

March 7th

ZOOM – “I’m stuck at a marriage in 1780; how do I go further?”... The essence of the matter is that the marriage in 1780 (or whenever) may not necessarily be the right one, dependent on what research methods you have used to get back so far. And after that, how to find the groom's and bride's correct baptisms. – Dr David Wright, Principal at the IHGS (Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Canterbury)

Dr David Wright is a Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and the Society of Genealogists. He is well known to genealogists for his London and Kent Probate Indexes as well as for his several books on Kent genealogy, including Tracing Your Kent Ancestry which was published in 2016.

April 4th

HALL – Armory for Genealogists Jeremy Wilkes

May 2nd

ZOOM – The Ill, the Impoverished, the Illegitimate and the Insane Dr Janet Few: Researching our marginalised ancestors. The many and fascinating records of the workhouse, hospitals, asylums and the overseers of the poor will be explained.

June 6th

OUTING – Folkestone’s Fishing Heritage and History Museum – 2.30 PM meeting at the museum doors for a guided visit:
Folkestone Fishing Museum Faces under the railway bridge
– The Wheels of Time website tells us that the Museum provides a practical display inviting curiosity into a deeper understanding of Folkestone’s fishing over the years. ‘Hands on’ features such as: tying knots, rope splicing, and how to breed meshes on a net can all be shown, and ropes are provided for those wishing to acquaint themselves with such skills. (

July 4th

ZOOM – The Broken Branch Ian Waller: When someone changes a name for whatever reason this causes a challenge for family historians. This talk looks at the reasons for the change and provides some useful tips on how the name change can be discovered, looking at deed polls, alias names.

August 1st

HALL – The History of Tithe Janet Powell: Starting with the earliest tithes from the Old Testament through to Norman times. The Poor laws, up to the 1834 Tithe commutation act. Including several of the 1930 tithe wars among the local farmers, mainly from Ruckinge.

September 5th

ZOOM – The Future of Family History Nick Barratt

October 3rd

HALL – AGM followed by a talk Note earlier date

November 7th

HALL – St. Eanswythe Dr Andrew Richardson

December 5th

HALL – Christmas dinner followed by a Quiz



Owing to age restrictions on the insurance of drivers, we are no longer able to hire a minibus for trips to Kew.

Occasionally members may drive to Kew and can offer lifts to other members, sharing expenses.

If you are interested, please e-mail



Jenny Watson will arrange walks round Canterbury or London if we let her know where we would like to visit.

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