Society of Genealogists

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The Society of Genealogists offers a wonderful combination of research material, expert guidance and practical support for anyone interested in family history or social history.

We are a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. We were founded in 1911 and ever since then we've been collecting family history documents - long before local record offices opened.

We are the National Family History Centre and families have always deposited their family history documents and records with us for safe keeping. So, we have documents and items that you might not expect to find.

We are committed to an education and skills programme, delivering a wide range of talks, walks and and courses for people new to family history, social and family historians, and genealogists. Our family history Free Access Area in the Lower Library offers free access to most of the pay-per-view genealogy websites.

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.
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Family History Skills Stage 2 - evening classes

  • 23 November 2017 6-8pm *on now
  • 30 November 2017 6-8pm

Join us at the Society of Genealogists' popular evening course to develop your family history skills. This is our second set of evening classes to develop your research and genealogy knowledge. Our team of professional genealogists present a carefully designed curriculum to develop your skills.

Deadline to enrol: 30 August

Who is this course for?
Stage 2 is designed for those who already have some experience of genealogical research and are familiar with the basic records (General Registration, the censuses, directories, parish registers and bishops' transcripts and wills).

Stage 2 covers the records and techniques that professional genealogists use to take their research further.

Evening classes can be a great way to study genealogy. Away from all the other pressures of life for two hours, you can focus on how to find your ancestors and flesh out your family's history. You'll spend time with other people in the class that share your interests and are as keen as you are to learn new skills.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Total price for all 13 weeks: £225.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/stage-2-evening-skills-course-4

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For Family Historians: Free Library Tours

  • 25 November 2017 11am-1pm
  • 9 December 2017 11am-1pm

Full of family history treasures and records, directories and databases, 3 floors and over 120,000 items - what's not to like?

If you're working on your family's history, the Society of Genealogists' Library is a great place to explore. You can come in and browse, just asking the staff and volunteers for help when you need it. But, seriously, with so much to see, the Society recommends that you take a library tour.

They're free, they're only 1½ hours long, and they're every second Saturday.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a free tour.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/tour-of-the-library-28-october

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Googling for Family History and Photos

  • 29 November 2017 2-3pm

John Hanson wants to help you use Google more effectively for your family history research. He explores some Google search features that you don't know about. And he also explains how to try and get the best from Google as a search engine.

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 2.00 pm and costs £8.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £6.40 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/getting-the-best-from-the-national-archives-and-its-website

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Family Historian Software for Beginners and Refreshers

  • 2 December 2017 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 as well as the needs of experts.

In this full-day workshop, John Hanson provides an overview of Family Historian version 6. The sessions during the day are designed specifically for UK users, both beginners and people wanting to refresh their understanding. John covers in the morning session how to add information to the database, including:
- Adding family members;
- Editing people's details;
- Adding people that aren't related;
- Sorting or changing the order of children;
- Recording your sources - includes using Ancestral Sources;
- Adding extra facts about a person.

The afternoon session looks at how to get the information that you entered out and covers:
- Drawing tree and saving them;
- Creating reports;
- writing queries.
 
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

Full-day course: £35.00; discounted price for SoG Members: £28.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-historian-software-for-beginners-refreshers-5

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Family History: Brickwalls and Lost Ancestors

  • 13 January 2018 10:30am-1pm

Even the luckiest of family historians will come up against brick walls from time to time. Dave Annal shows that almost everyone left a paper trail and that it’s usually possible to find it.

He introduces a number of strategies to help you get around the brick walls and dead ends in your research. He pays particular attention to getting the most out of online databases and advanced techniques, such as ‘family reconstruction’.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the session.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £16.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/brickwalls-lost-ancestors

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Family History: Getting the Most from the Ancestry Website

  • 13 January 2018 2-5pm

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.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the session.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £16.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/getting-the-best-from-the-ancestry-website-2

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Family History: Tracing your Huguenot Ancestors

  • 20 January 2018 10:30am-1pm

Five hundred years ago in Wittenberg in 1517 Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings. The consequences of his dissent set off shock waves throughout Europe. France initially was highly receptive to the theology of Jean Calvin, a far more fundamentalist reformer than Luther. Confrontations between the Huguenots, as French Protestants were called, and their loyally Catholic monarchs led to wars and persecution. Over 200 years, an estimated 50,000 Huguenots came to Britain and they have left descendants at all levels of society.

In this course, Kathy Chater looks at the Huguenots in Britain including how to establish descent from these refugees and how to take research further back to France.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the session.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £16.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/tracing-your-huguenot-ancestors-3

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Researching Your Midland Ancestors: Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire

  • 20 January 2018 2-5pm

Birmingham’s central location and economic prosperity have attracted people from across the Midlands and beyond. Local researcher Mike Sharpe provides an introduction to researching in the three historic counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

He presents a brief economic and social history of each county and shows how local factors influenced our ancestors’ occupations, movements and way of life. Mike also explains the key county and metropolitan archives and sources for research in the Midlands.

Sources covered include parish registers, wills and legal records, as well as the archives of local government, employers, institutions, societies and schools.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the session.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course costs is £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/researching-your-midland-ancestors-staffordshire-warwickshire-worc

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Family History: DNA for Beginners

  • 27 January 2018 10:30am-1pm

This course is aimed at beginners. Debbie Kennett explains the three different types of DNA tests that can be used as an aid to family history research: Y-DNA testing; mitochondrial DNA testing; autosomal DNA testing.

Debbie also discusses how DNA testing applies to family history research.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the session.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk 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/dna-for-beginners-2

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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