The London & South-East Counties Discussion Circle is held for GSV Members who are researching their family history in the south east of England. The area of interest includes the following counties: Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Berkshire, London, Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, and East and West Sussex.
With 2000 years of history, London is likely to figure in the family history of many people. As the seat of government and the largest city in the United Kingdom (and Europe for many centuries), it was a magnet for internal and foreign immigration. It’s grown rapidly in the last millennium to a population of nearly 9 million today. The surrounding counties also expanded at the same time and many have become home to many who work in or provide services to the capital.
The London & South-East Counties Discussion Circle meets regularly to share information about research resources, learn about our ancestors’ lives and perhaps even break down some brick walls. Depending on Member interests, presentation and discussion topics might include: specific jurisdictions, local occupations and businesses, migration, maps and gazetteers, civil registration, church records, probate, census, and many more. Members are encouraged to share their family history research, their break-throughs and brickwalls, and the resources they have discovered in the GSV library and elsewhere.
Who may join
Only GSV Members may attend the London & South-East Counties Discussion Circle. There is no additional fee; it is included as part of the annual subscription. New Members are very welcome as the broader the collective research experience of the Circle membership, the greater the benefit for individual Members.
The Circle meets on the fourth Thursday of each month except December via Zoom. Check the GSV Calendar of Events for details.
How to join
Please register through the GSV Event page to obtain the Zoom link.
GSV Members are encouraged to subscribe, for free, to the London & South-East Counties Discussion Circle Notice Board to receive, by email, notices and reminders for meetings as well as copies of meeting presentations and notes.