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Family history societies
Joining a family history society is a good opportunity to attend meetings and access the journal and newsletters of the society in the area(s) you are interested in.
Most societies will include a members' interest section in which you can insert the name(s) you are researching, and perhaps you will find fellow-members with the same interest.
The family history society for the London Borough of Southwark is the East Surrey Family History Society. The society holds a meeting in the hall attached to this library on the second Monday of alternate months, from 12 to 2pm. There is usually an invited speaker, and there is a chance to chat over refreshments. The meetings are open to all and provide a good way of finding out more about the society before joining.
The West Surrey Family History Society and the North West Kent Family History Society cover neighbouring areas but many members' interests overlap.
Judith Mitchell, Hon. Secretary, 7 Beaconsfield Road, Epsom Downs, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6HA
A. M. Ross, Membership Secretary, 5 Blaise Close, Farnborough, Hampshire , GU14 7EW
Christina Barnett, Membership Secretary, 46 Pollards Oak Crescent, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0JQ
Southwark used to have a sizeable German community. People with German ancestors may find the Anglo-German Family History society useful.
Please download a membership form from www.agfhs.org and post to Betty Anderson, 15 Cromer Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2DU
The SELON Index
The SELON Index belongs to Mr Peter Shilham. It comprises 19th-century censuses (including all those which survived in Southwark between 1811 and 1831), much Poor Law material, parish registers (chiefly Bermondsey), and miscellaneous items including voters' lists from Camberwell in the 1830s.
Mr P.R. Shilham, 6 Beckford Close, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 1HN
Don't forget to include either a SAE of a reasonable size or international reply coupons when writing to a family history society.