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The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

'Reading between the Lines'

This is the topic for one of SFHG's meetings this month. Other topics include 'The History of the British Seaside', 'Surviving in Soho', 'Sex, Illegitimacy and Cohabitation', and 'The Story of Convict Transportation'.

Expert speakers, help & advice, meet others with similar interests

SFHG's local meetings are held monthly at seven venues across the county. Bognor Regis, Brighton & Hove, Chichester, Crawley, Uckfield and Worthing meetings usually have guest speakers at their evening meetings. The Horsham meeting is held in the afternoon and takes the form of an informal round-table discussion.

Members and friends may attend any of these local meetings. Bookstall, magazines, helpdesk, refreshments available at some locations. See the SFHG website for details of all meeting centres.

We also have reciprocal arrangements with family history societies in Eastbourne, Hastings, Rudgwick and Tunbridge Wells.

Out and about in September

Saturday 20th September will see the SFHG Helpdesk at Littlehampton Museum's Family History: Ask The Experts day. The museum is at Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5EW. The event will be held from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission free.

Then on Sunday 28th September the SFHG Bookstall will be at Storrington Museum for their Family History and Great War Research Day, 10am to 4pm. The museum is at The Old School, School Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LL. Admission £2 (under-11s free).

WDYTYA? is back

Another ten celebrities have been lined up for the 2014 series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' to be screened on BBC.

Featured will be the family histories of Mary Berry, Brian Blessed, Billy Connolly, Brendan O'Carroll, Tamzin Outhwaite, Martin Shaw, Sheridan Smith, Twiggy, Julie Walters and Reggie Yates.

This tenth series also includes the 100th episode and there will be a special looking back at the past series.

Just announced is that next year's 'WDYTYA? Live' will be held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th April.

WW1 'Show and Tell' Day

There's a Novium Museum event at the Guildhall in Priory Park, Chichester on Saturday 26th July (11am-4pm).

This is a free event for the public to bring along any memorabilia related to World War One and the Chichester area and/or people from it. The museum is interested in seeing photographs, medals, diaries, trench art and military equipment.

Akehurst GetTogether

The Akehurst Family History Society will be holding its 2014 GetTogether at the Community Centre, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex on the weekend of 20th and 21st September. The GetTogethers are held every two years and bring together researchers from all over the world. They are informal, enjoyable, and informative. Contact Alan Pett on 01273 813048 for information. (

The Akehurst FHS is the focal point for people researching the Akehurst surname, as well as variants including Akhurst, Ackhurst, and Akurst.