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Are you a digital photographer?

And can you get to Lewes on a regular basis, weekly, monthly?

Photographing and transcribing Victorian will summaries

It has been suggested that the SFHG co-operate with the Sussex Archaeological Society in photographing and transcribing some Victorian notebooks containing summaries of Sussex wills. The digital photography would have to take place at the SAS Library in Lewes.

The precise details have yet to be worked out. It is hoped we can form a team of people as there are many notebooks. The one taking the photographs need not also be the transcriber as the photographs could then be sent to other members.

If you may be able to help then please contact Judy Excell (

Conference and AGM

The SFHG Annual Conference will be held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath on Saturday 14 April. Members, and non-members, are invited to attend what has traditionally been an excellent occasion.

Our three guest speakers are: Jayne Shrimpton "Understanding and dating old photographs", Jean Hopkins "Brighton's Chain Pier", and Lars Tharp "The Foundling Museum of London".

Numbers are strictly limited so you are advised to book early. Details and booking form were included with December's Sussex Family Historian and are available on the website.

The Annual General Meeting follows at 4pm. This is an opportunity to have your say in the running of the Sussex Family History Group.

Horsham happenings

After a year of experimenting with different times and days, the Horsham Meeting Centre is now to meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The meetings take the form of an informal chat around a particular topic. The next meeting, on 10 January, will look at ancestors' wedding photographs.

These meetings are at St Andrews Methodist Church Hall, Crawley Road, Roffey, Horsham, RH12 4DX. Parking at the church is very limited but there is parking behind the shops opposite in Fitzalan Road. Tea or coffee available. Family history books and CDs generally available for sale.

See the SFHG website for programmes for the whole year for all the meeting centres.

Army records seminar

The Guild of One-Name Studies are organizing this seminar on Saturday 18 February at Victoria Hall, Ash Hill Road, Surrey, GU12 5DN. The cost of the seminar is £15 per person including refreshments.

The seminar will be covering many aspects of Army records. A team of specialists will be explaining how the British Army was organised up to how it is today; sources for more information in the archives; the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; the Army in British India. Book online at