Society of Genealogists

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The Society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history. It is a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. The Society of Genealogists was founded in 1911. Ever since then we've been collecting family history documents, long before the arrival of local record offices. The Society is the National Family History Centre and is the UK-wide repository for family history documents and records. So, we have documents and items that you might not expect to find. We run an extensive range of talks, walks and and courses on beginners, intermediate and advanced topics.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10-6, Thursday: 10-8

Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday

Admission charges

Regular free talks on Wednesdays
Free Library Tours every second Saturday
One-hour talk: £8.00
Half-day course: £20.00
Full-day course: £35.00
Access to our Library and databases for research: small fee payable at Reception

Getting there

Our cul de sac, Charterhouse Buildings, is located off the traffic intersection at Goswell Road/Old Street. The nearest tube stations: Barbican or Old Street
Bus: 4, 56, 55, 243

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Shows part of the Family Historian website home page

Family Historian Software for Beginners and Refreshers

  • 10 December 2016 10:30am-5pm

Family Historian is a powerful, award-winning genealogy program, with comprehensive features designed to meet the needs of anyone new to family history research and the needs of experts.

In this full-day workshop, John Hanson provides an overview of Family Historian. The sessions during the day are designed specifically for UK users, both beginners and people wanting to refresh their understanding.

You do not need to bring a laptop for the day. But DO bring all your questions about using the software.

Important: This workshop covers using the Family Historian software. The workshop does not cover general family history research.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This full-day course costs is £35.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £28.00 is available. For us to hold a place for you, the talk must be booked and paid for in advance. You can do this by visiting our website or phoning us.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-historian-software-for-beginners-refreshers-3

Shows part of the home page of Find my past

What’s New at the Findmypast Website?

  • 12 January 2017 2-3pm

For over a decade Findmypast has been bringing the past to life for millions of people across the world. With over 4 billion records and 11 million historic newspaper pages to explore, Findmypast can help you discover your family’s story.

In this talk, Myko Clelland gives us an overview of the latest additions to the family history databases held on the Findmypast website. Myko also gives us some tips on the best ways to search the website.

Admission

One-hour talk: £8.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogist: £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/whats-new-at-the-findmypast-website

Shows labourers from the East Riding Archives.

My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer

  • 14 January 2017 2-5pm

Have you found the description 'Agricultural Labourer' in your ancestors' records. Most of us have one or two in our family history.

In this half-day course, Ian Waller looks at:
- The many and varied records that enable us to piece together the lives of our agricultural labourers.
- What agricultural labourers did.
- The conditions they worked in, which vary regionally across Britain.
- The different records that hold information on agricultural labourers, since the fact that they existed means that documentary evidence will be available.

Admission

This half-day course costs £20.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £16.00 is available.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/my-ancestor-was-an-agricultural-labourer-2

Shows part of the Ancestry website home page

Getting the Most from the Ancestry Website

  • 21 January 2017 10:30am-1pm

The Ancestry website offers access to 1 billion searchable UK family history records. It enables you to explore your family history using censuses, birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, the British phone books, military and parish records.

In this half-day course, John Hanson covers:
- Understanding this very large website.
- How to best use the website's online finding tools.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course costs £20.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £16.00 is available.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/getting-the-most-from-the-ancestry-website

Shows inside our Library

Family History: Using Parish Registers and Parish Chest Records

  • 21 January 2017 2-5pm

Before the national registration of vital events started in 1837, the main records for baptisms, marriages and burials were the parish registers or a similar record kept by nonconformist denominations. So parish registers are extremely important for researching your family history from 1836 back to the 16th century. Parish chests contain lots of other records that are frequently under used. They hold some of the most colourful records and are especially useful for research before 1837.

In this half-day course, Celia Heritage covers:
- Where to find parish registers.
- How to best use them.
- Where to look for parish chest records.

You can, of course, find copies of parish register transcripts libraries, in the Record Office, or within the collections of genealogical organisations. The Society of Genealogists holds the largest collection, having transcripts for some part of the records of about 10,000 of the approximately 12,500 ancient parishes.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Half-day course: £20.00; discounted price for SoG Members: £16.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/using-parish-registers-and-parish-chest-records

Shows the Tower Hamlets Library

Family History Sources at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

  • 25 January 2017 2-3pm

This wonderful Library and Archive covers the area of the present-day London borough of Tower Hamlets - the original East End of London. Until 1965, it included the boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney. If you are interested in tracing your ancestors who lived in the area or learning more about local history, the Library and Archive’s substantial holdings are certainly worth exploring. 

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

One-hour talk: £8.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists: £6.40.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-history-sources-at-the-tower-hamlets-local-history-library-ar

Shows the Family search home page

Catching up with the Familysearch Website

  • 26 January 2017 2-3pm

The Familysearch.org website is the largest family history website in the world, with billions of names across thousands of collections - and more are added monthly.

In this talk, Sharon Hintze covers:
- What new major databases have been added.
- How to find these databases.
- How to best use the website. 

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/catching-up-with-the-familysearch-website

Shows a set of papers for the family name Norris

Making Contact: Surnames and Pedigrees for Family History

  • 28 January 2017 10:30am-1pm

Once you've got back a few generations, one of the most important ways of making progress in your family history is making contact with others who have interests in the same surnames or perhaps even share some of your ancestors.

In this half-day course, Barbara Harvey and Peter Christian look at:
- The sources available online.
- Paper-based sources that are available.
- What the Guild of One-Name Studies does. 

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Half-day course: £20.00; discount for SoG Members: £16.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/making-contact-surnames-pedigrees-2

Shows a Scottish Highland family on a hill, about 1844

My Ancestor was Scottish

  • 28 January 2017 2-5pm

Spend half a day with an expert on finding ancestors in Scotland.

Alan Stewart covers the following topics:
- Birth, marriage and death records in Scotland;
- How to find the records;
- Using church records;
- Using the census records;
- What is available on the web.

Alan is author of the Society’s popular book 'My Ancestor was Scottish', available in out Bookshop.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who are search for people from Scotland in their family tree and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the morning.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a half-day course costs £20.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £16.00 is available. For us to hold a place for you, the talk must be booked and paid for in advance. You can do this by visiting our website or phoning us on 020 7553 3290.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/my-ancestor-was-scottish-4

Getting there

Our cul de sac, Charterhouse Buildings, is located off the traffic intersection at Goswell Road/Old Street. The nearest tube stations: Barbican or Old Street
Bus: 4, 56, 55, 243

Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road
London
Greater London
EC1M 7BA
England

Website

Find out more on our website.

www.sog.org.uk

E-mail

Events

events@sog.org.uk

Telephone

Events bookings

020 7553 3290

General Information

020 7251 8799

Library queries

020 7702 5485

Fax

020 7250 1800

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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