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.
Our library is the foremost in the British Isles with large collections of family history material. We run an extensive range of lectures and courses throughout the year 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

Lecture one hour: £6.00
Half-day course: £17.50
Full-day course: £30.00
Library research time: (price varies) booked separately

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 - Evening Course - Stage 2

  • 30 April — 2 July 2015 *on now

The Society of Genealogist's successful family history skills course continues with a 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.

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).

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE COVER?
Techniques for localising the elusive ancestor;
Army records before 1914;
Auxilliary services and state employees;
Royal Navy and Merchant Navy records before 1914;
Education, Trades and Professions;
Apprenticeship records and guilds;
Records of the poor;
Criminal and court records;
Marriage and death in the Church Courts;
Records of the 17th century.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Become familiar with many of the records and finding aids used to take research further.
Know what records are available and their whereabouts.
Place sources of data into the context of their original purpose.
Understand the techniques required to use sources of data in genealogical research.

WANT TO TAKE SPECIFIC MODULES?
You may be able to book some of the Stage 2 modules independently. If you want to consider this, please contact the Events Department for more details on events@sog.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 10 week course, starting on 30 April and finishing on 2 July, 2015. Each session is on a Thursday evening, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm. The cost of all 10 modules is £175.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists have a discounted price of £140.00. For us to hold a place for you, the course 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

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Tracing Family History in Canada

  • 27 May 2015 2-3pm *on now

Many Canadians are descendants of British ancestors (the speaker included). Penny Allen gives a brief overview of the records available to researchers looking for Canadian information. She explains where to find birth, marriage and death information, passenger lists and living relatives. Penny also offers an introduction to provincial records and a variety of little known record centres and archives. Penny has accumulated all this information from her experience researching in archives across Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, and in the Society of Genealogists' Library, which also has a good Canadian section with a number of hidden gems.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

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

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Family History: Tracing your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors

  • 30 May 2015 2-5pm

Many of our surnames hark back to our ancestors' trades and crafts, for example, Butcher, Baker or Thatcher. Adele Emm helps us to learn about the non-industrial trades and crafts in which our ancestors worked, such as tailors, merchants, mercers and shopkeepers, smiths and metal workers, and the building trades. Adele also takes a closer look at Guilds, training and working conditions, and genealogical resources for research. This is a lively, interactive workshop, so bring your questions along!

Adele's book, Tracing your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors is published by Pen & Sword.

About the Society of Genealogists, the National Family History Centre: Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has amassed a truly magnificent library and archive. It contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Join us in our Common Room where you are welcome to bring your lunch, sit and relax and meet other people with similar interests to your own.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day workshop starts at 2.00 pm and costs £20.00. For us to hold a place for you, the talk must be booked in advance. You can do this by visiting our website or phoning us on 020 7553 3290.

For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £16.00 is available. It's easy to become a Member. Find details on our website, www.sog.org.uk.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk

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Tracing Your Ancestors in Cambridgeshire

  • 6 June 2015 10:30am-1pm

Cambridgeshire - do you picture the University, or the fens, or the RAF/USAAF airbases of World War 2? There is a rich collection of family history records for Cambridgeshire. Robert Parker covers the records held online and then describes those held in our libraries, the Cambridgeshire Family History Society and the Cambridgeshire Archives. Robert explores these records in the context of the social and local history of the County.

About the Society of Genealogists, the National Family History Centre: Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has amassed a truly magnificent library and archive. It contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Join us in our Common Room where, after this workshop, you are welcome to bring your lunch, sit and relax and meet other people with similar interests to your own.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Half-day workshop: £20.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists: £16.00. 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/tracing-your-ancestors-in-cambridgeshire

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Georgian Era Family History

  • 13 June 2015 10:30am-5pm

The Georgian era of British history is normally defined as spanning the reigns of the first four Hanoverian kings of Great Britain who were all named 'George': George I, George II, George III and George IV, covering the dates from 1714-1830. The term "Georgian" is typically used in the contexts of social history and architecture. This course also offers more about the sources for family history research, including nonconformity and military history (especially searching the records of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines).The outline of the course covers:

10:30 Session 1: Introduction and Georgian Era Family History Sources – Else Churchill
11:45 Tea break
12:00 Session 2: Georgian Era Nonconformist records for Family History – Les Mitchinson
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Session 3: Georgian Era Military Records for Family History (especially the Royal Navy) – Les Mitchinson
15:15 Tea break
15:30 Session 4: More information on Georgian family history - Else Churchill
16:45 Questions and Answers and Conclusion

About the Society of Genealogists, the National Family History Centre: Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has amassed a truly magnificent library and archive. It contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Join us in our Common Room where you are welcome to bring your lunch, sit and relax and meet other people with similar interests to your own.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Full-day course: £35.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists: £28.00. 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

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

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

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