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18th January Open Forum  
15th February Promiscuous Letters
(a lesser known source for naval history)
Meryl Catty
15th March The World Of The Working Horse Anne Grimshaw
19th April The Parish Pauper Liz Carter
17th May Maps, Tithes And Terriers
(documents for family historians)
E Anne Pegg
21st June AGM & Open Forum  
19th July Film Archives For Family Historians
(CANCELLED due to train delays)
Cathy Chater
---- August ~ no meeting  
20th September My Ancestors Moved Around - How Do I Find Them? George Smith
18th October Record Keeping - Aah! Ian Waller
15th November GEDCOM Explained
(an international standard for importing/exporting
genealogical information
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John Hanson
---- December ~ no meeting  
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17th January Open Forum - Pedigrees and Eureka Moments  
21st February Film Archives For Family Historians
(postponed from July last year)
Cathy Chater
21st March British Wills, Administrations And Death Duties, 1858 And Later Eric Probert
18th April The Origin And Development Of English Surnames Derek Palgrave
16th May Ickfield Acres
(the story of an estate and its families)
Barbara Megson
20th June AGM & Talk Tom Maclaughlan
18th July Letters To Mother A Family In World War I Keith Brinded
---- August ~ no meeting  
19th September Census Returns Kate Thompson
17th October India Connection Ian Waller
21st November An Enumerator's Tale Meryl Catty and
Audrey Gillett
---- December ~ no meeting  
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16th January The Norton Project
The Victorian Way Of Death
Howard Webber
Tom Doig
20th February Sources For The Seventeenth Century Else Churchill
19th March Ancestors Anonymous
(clues for dating photographs)
Meryl Catty
16th April In-house Teach-in  
21st May Victorian Costumes Mareen Bellet
18th June AGM & Open Forum  
16th July Insanity Kathy Chater
---- August ~ no meeting  
17th September Making Use Of Letters, Journals And Diaries Derek Palgrave
15th October London Burials And How To Find Them John Hanson
19th November Bread, Gruel & Dumplings - Life In The Workhouse Ian Waller
---- December ~ no meeting  
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21st January Open Forum  
18th February Lost water-mills of Cherry Hinton
(could help with tracing village family names)
Michelle Bullivant
18th March Effects of War on Family (particularly WWI)
(and why they may have moved)
Kim Coleman
15th April Willpower
Probate & Wills)
Meryl Catty and
Audrey Gillett
20th May The Mayflower Jackie Painter
17th June AGM followed by Norton Update Howard Webber
15th July Gipsy Smith of Norton Peter Cannell
---- August ~ no meeting  
16th September Home Office Certified Industrial Schools 1857-1933
(education and its records)
Gillian Gear
21st October Mapping Your Ancestors John Hanson
18th November Country Poor and Town Poor Michael Gandy
---- December ~ no meeting  
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20th January You May Wish You Had Never Started This Ian Waller
17th February Dating Photographs a Different Way Tom Doig
17th March Poison and Powder
(a look at cosmetics through the ages)
Michelle Bullivant
21st April Leave No Stone Unturned Meryl Catty and
Audrey Gillett
19th May Prisoner of the Japanese Kim Coleman
16th June AGM followed by: The Good Time Girl Ann Searle
21st July Memorials, Graveyards and Cemeteries Derek Palgrave
---- August ~ no meeting  
15th September Open Forum  
20th October Victorian Shopping Ian Waller
17th November Seeing It Through Their Songs
(music hall songs of the 1890s and early 1900s)
Michael Gandy
---- December ~ no meeting  
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19th January Burning Poison
(a Georgian Liverpool murder mystery)
Glenn Chandler
16th February Open Forum  
16th March Apprenticeship Richard Harvey
20th April The Norton Archaeological Project Update David Croft and
Howard Webber
18th May Women in the 1800s Tom Doig
15th June AGMfollowed by
On The Streets Where They Lived

Diane Paterson
20th July Open Forum  
---- August ~ no meeting  
21st September Records Of Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians Michael Gandy
19th October Rogues and Vagabonds Need Not Apply
(army records)
Ian Waller
16th November Turning Your Tree Into A Tale
(writing up family history)
Kathy Chater
---- December ~ no meeting  
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18th January Missing Links?
(what to do next)
Eric Probert
15th February The Name Game Meryl Catty and
Audrey Gillett
21st March Bribery and Corruption Richard Harvey
18th April Open Forum  
Date Change
23rd May
Harrison & Simmonds
(history of a family business)
Anne Simmonds
20th June AGM  
18th July Open Forum  
---- August ~ no meeting  
19th September Relatives in the USA
Also share any family evacuation & wartime stories and taste some wartime food
Howard Webber
17th October Alms Houses and Council Houses Ian Waller
21st November Cambridge Students Down the Ages
(where they came from and their lives in Cambridge)
Honor Ridout
---- December ~ no meeting  
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16th January Open Forum - Ancestor I Wish I Had Known Six Members
20th February You Have the Poor Always With You Kate Thompson
20th March Miners in your Family?
(discover more about their lives)
Eirwen Palmer
17th April Variety of Talks LDFHG members
15th May Births and Baptism in the 1800s Tom Doig
19th June Venue: Mrs Howard Memorial Hall
AGM
(N.B. Home Artefacts POSTPONED)
 
17th July Venue: Fearnhill School
Coroners' Records
Kathy Chater
---- August ~ no meeting  
18th September New Venue: Mrs Howard Memorial Hall
Where Did They Get Married Then?
Eve McLaughlin
16th October Norton Manorial Court Records (1244 - 1539)
(Hertfordshire Record Society Book)
David Croft
20th November Dining at Christmas Throughout the Ages Fiona Lucraft
---- December ~ no meeting  
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15th January Open Forum - Successes and Brickwalls  
19th February Three Counties Hospital (Fairfield) Archives James Collett-White
19th March WWI Trench Life and Tracing Ancestors Dan Hill
16th April Heir Hunters Maurice Clarke
21st May A Drummer Boy in Wellington's Army Alan Paterson
18th June AGM  
16th July Heraldry and Family History Chloe Cockerill
---- August ~ no meeting  
17th September Court Records and Convicts for Family Histories Ken Griffin
15th October Boots, Beats and Thieves Des Hoar
19th November WWI and My Ancestor LDFHG Members
---- December ~ no meeting  
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21st January Other Less Obvious Sources for Family Historians Kate Thompson
18th February Family History Quiz — followed by
Q&As about getting the best from the TNA trip
LDFHG Members
18th March The Broken Branch
(name changes & overcoming the challenges)
Ian Waller
15th April The Name Game
(a light hearted look at the origins of surnames)
Meryl Catty
20th May Delinquents and Those Who Tried to Reform Them Kathy Chater
17th June AGMfollowed by
NCAG's Newly Published books of Norton Manorial Court Records
David Croft
15th July Magna Carta — 800 Year Anniversary John Neal
---- August ~ no meeting  
Event Change
23rd September
Victorian Attitudes to Death Tom Doig
21st October The Picture Postcard
(an Eyewitness to History)
Mark Pardoe
18th November World War II Stories — followed by
LDFHG 20th Anniversary
LDFHG Members
---- December ~ no meeting  
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20th January Origins of Language Graham Pointon
17th February From Prison to Citizenship
(researching our suffragette ancestors)
Eirwin Palmer
16th March Members' Evening  
20th April Are We Really British? Ian Waller
18th May The Electronic Family History
(use of the internet)
Robert Parker
15th June AGMfollowed by
London Labyrinth (libraries, archives &
record offices in London.
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Kathy Chater
20th July Marriage and Courtship in the 1800s Tom Doig
---- August ~ no meeting  
21st September Members' Evening  
19th October History of the Trenchard Family
(an illustration of family history research)
Mike Trenchard
16th November 19th Century Stevenage Hugh Madgin
---- December ~ no meeting  
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18th January The life and times of Edmund Palmer - an ordinary man 1760-1843 Eirwen Palmer
15th February Members (and friends) discussions on family history issues Open Forum
15th March Up with the lark - Agricultural labourers Ian Waller
19th April Members' Evening  
17th May Behind the scenes working for 'Who do you think you are?' Gill Blanchard
21st June Land tax assessments for family history
followed by AGM
Eric Probert
19th July How social media on the internet can help with family history research Robert Palmer
---- August ~ no meeting  
20th September Female convicts Ken Griffin
18th October Domesday for Letchworth Tom Doig
15th November My Family's Guilty Secret Members
and friends
---- December ~ no meeting  
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17th January Using DNA analysis in family history research Eirwen Palmer
21st February Getting the most out of a visit to the National Archives Ian Waller
21st March Mistakes I made (or nearly made) in my family history Members
and friends
18th April Speaker Change
The British in India
Mike Trenchard
16th May Our newspaper heritage Meryl Catty
20th June The lopsided barge
(tracking a Cambridgeshire ancestor)
followed by AGM
Robert Palmer
18th July Dating old photographs Tom Doig
---- August ~ no meeting  
19th September Using electoral registers Eric Probert
17th October The history of treatment of the poor in England Kate Thompson
21st November Open Forum - Family History websites I use Members
and friends
---- December ~ no meeting  
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16th January Using sixteeenth century records - a case study David Croft
20th February Education records for use in genealogy Eirwen Palmer
20th March Heraldry and Family History Chloe Cockerill
17th April Speaker Change
Countess of Lyttons hospital 1914-19
Jill Campbell
15th May Dating postcards - plus a short talk on Militia lists Tom Doig
19th June Short AGM   followed by
Bringing Dead Street to life - British Schools Museum
Andy Gibbs
17th July Speaker Change
Using Computers in Family History
Eric Probert
---- August ~ no meeting  
18th September Reading Old Handwriting Ian Waller
16th Octber Researching Gardeners - Head Gardeners at Luton Hoo Felicity Brimblecombe
20th November Letchworth's First Knight and a Family History Quiz Open Forum
<>---- December ~ no meeting  
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15th January Seeking Servants at Knebworth House Jill Campbell
Date Change
26th February
History of Language and a Family History Quiz Graham Pointon and Open Forum
18th March Meeting Cancelled
The Poor Child's Friend - Joseph Lancaster's Educational Revolution
Andy Gibbs
15th April Meeting Cancelled
The History of Measurement
A gentle and entertaining look at the history of measurement
Paul Jiggens
20th May Meeting Cancelled
The Receipt (i.e. recipe) Book of Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale, c1800
She copied almost 700 recipes and over 80 housekeeping tips
Heather Falvey
Hon Secretary of the Hertfordshire Record Society (HRS)
17th June Meeting Cancelled
Short AGM   followed by
TBA
TBA
15th July Meeting Cancelled
Two Bedfordshire estates - Old Walden and Southill
Paul Langston
---- August ~ no meeting  
16th September Meeting Cancelled  
07th Octber Zoom Meeting
How our ancesors would have died (1338 - 1946) a topical subject of killer diseases, cures and medical theories from the Black Death to the NHS.
Dr Janet Few
21st Octber Zoom Meeting
Two topics - The Lloyd George Domesday Valuation Survey 1910-15 and The National Farm Survey 1941-43. You may remember Gill spoke to us in 2018 on the topic of the 'Who do you think you are' programme.
Gill Blanchard
19th November
Thursday
Zoom Meeting
The Poor Child's Friend - Joseph Lancaster's Educational Revolution
Andy Gibbs
---- December ~ no meeting  
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27th January Zoom Meeting
Short AGM   followed by Open Forum
Group Members
24th February Zoom Meeting
Family History - Why it Matters
Chris Broom
24th March Zoom Meeting
Brief History of Coins Used in Britain
(some audience participation)
Karen Adams
28th April Zoom Meeting
Bridging the Gap
Tracing Forwards from 1911 Census
Jackie Depelle
26th May Zoom Meeting
Drawing Charts and Diagrams by Hand as a Research Tool
David Cufley
23rd June Zoom Meeting
Open Forum
Group Members
28th July Zoom Meeting
Writing Your Family History
Move on from record sheets and charts to create a narrative account to be treasured by future generations. Includes ideas for both content, style and supporting contextual sources
Jackie Depelle
---- August ~ no meeting  
21th September Two Bedfordshire Estate Villages
Old Warden and Southill
Paul Langston
20th October A History of Measurement Paul Jiggens
17th November Open Forum Group Members
---- December ~ no meeting  
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26th January Zoom Meeting
Remember then: Memories of 1946-1969 and how to record your own
Free of charge to 2021 members
Janet Few
16th February Zoom Meeting
My ancestor was a pirate
Sue Paul
16th March Zoom Meeting
Tracing a house history in England and Wales
Gill Blanchard
20th April Open Forum - Re-scheduled meeting from November 2021 Group Members
18th May Life and legacy: the remarkable Jill E Grey Andy Gibbs
15rd June Welwyn: A village on the Great North Road Paul Jiggens
20th July Open Forum - Members' experiences of using the 1921 census Group Members
---- August ~ no meeting  
15th September To Be Arranged  
26th October Zoom Meeting
Weather lore: Fact or fiction
Ian Currie
16th November Open Forum Group Members
---- December ~ no meeting