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The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

Come and see us

There are four more events that SFHG's bookstall and help desk will be attending this year.

Talks & workshops, help & advice, society & trade stalls

On Sunday 12th October we'll be at Hampshire Genealogical Society's Family History Fair & Open Day. This is being held at the Everest Community Academy, Oxford Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9FP from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

On the same day we'll also be at Hastings & Rother FHS's Family History Fair. This is at the Ore Community Centre, Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BH from 10am to 4.30pm. Admission £2.

Saturday 1st November sees us at West Surrey FHS's Open Day. This takes place at Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA from 10am to 4.30pm. Free admission.

Then on Saturday 22nd November The Keep will be having another Open Day. The Keep, the historical resource centre for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, is at Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP. Admission free.

If you're in the vicinity do come along to see what SFHG, and the other participants, have to offer.

We want blood!

Many of you are no doubt involved with various non-profit organizations such as church groups, youth groups, the Women’s Institute, or even other family history societies. Then you’ll be well aware that volunteers are the lifeblood of such bodies.

People volunteer for many reasons, including to help others and the community, to increase their self-esteem, to make new friends, or to develop new skills.

We in the SFHG are, of course, all volunteers. We are seemingly always on the look-out for fresh blood: to replace those stalwarts who have gone before or who are stepping down for a well-earned rest, and also so that the society benefits from a transfusion of new ideas and expertise that members can offer.

In particular we currently need to fill the important posts of Chairman and Membership Secretary. Amongst other vacancies are volunteers to maintain the Crawley Meeting Centre as a lively branch of the group, someone to compile this newsletter, and new members to join the Executive Committee.

Please contact the Chairman if you may be able to help with one of these roles. Or our Volunteers Co-ordinator would be delighted for you to complete the volunteers questionnaire on the SFHG website.

Visit the SFHG Library

The SFHG room at The Keep is generally open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am to 4pm. It may be open on other days, when there are helpers available. Please check on the SFHG Facebook page for the latest information.

Keep in touch with what’s going on

Mailing lists are a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on in the family history world. They can be a very effective way of asking questions, many people often know the answers and as composing an e-mail is so quick and easy you will almost always receive several helpful responses. Occasionally other listers will turn out to be researching the same names as you – you might even find 'new' cousins!

 The Sussex Family History Group has its own mailing list exclusively for members. To subscribe to the mailing list visit:

 Also covering Sussex (plus the surrounding counties of Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) is the Sussex-Plus mailing list. To join this list follow the instructions on:

Some forthcoming events

 The West Sussex Archives Society hold their Annual Conference on Saturday 11th October 10am-3.35pm at Fernhurst Village Hall. The theme is the North-West Corner of West Sussex: a Revealing View of its Past. Conference fee including tea, coffee and biscuits is £11 for members, £14 for non-members. Further information and booking form at the WSAS website.

 On Saturday 18th October the Romany & Traveller FHS are holding an Open Day at the Methodist Church Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN from 11am to 4pm. Admission, including tea or coffee, is £1 for non-members. This is an informal drop-in event where you can meet RTFHS members and share family history information, photos and stories.

 The Guild of One-Name Studies are holding their Next Stage Seminar on Saturday 8th November at the Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN. The cost of the seminar is £15, including refreshments and buffet lunch. Delegates are invited to bring along details of their work for display and sharing.