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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Careers in Genealogy: Pitfalls for Professionals

  • 6 May 2015 2-3pm *on now

The great growth in interest in genealogy and family history and the corresponding technological developments and online resources has seen a number of related career opportunities develop in the subject which scarcely existed twenty or even ten years ago. In this talk, Michael Gandy discusses strategies for developing a career and avoiding issues.

About Michael Gandy: A well known personality in the family history community, former FIBIS committee member and former Chairman and now a Fellow of the SoG, Michael Gandy is the editor of the Genealogists’ Magazine, the author of many books on the techniques of genealogy, and an accomplished after dinner speaker.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk 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

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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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Army Records Before 1914 - a Family History Skills class

  • 7 May 2015 4-6pm

‘Gone for a soldier’ was a cry that struck terror into the hearts of many a mother. In this session we’ll explore why this was the case. In particular we’ll look at the records for men who joined the British Army from the mid-Eighteenth Century until the outbreak of the First World War as ordinary soldiers or as officers. There is a surprising variety of material available online, at The National Archives or at local archives. The session will study the key sources and look at some of the less common ones as well.

This class is part of the 10-week Family History Skills course aimed at developing your research and genealogy knowledge. Our team of professional genealogists present a carefully designed curriculum to develop your skills. The series of classes are 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). Please visit our website, www.sog.org.uk, to find out about other classes in the series.

About Simon Fowler: Simon is a professional researcher, tutor and writer specializing in military history. Over the years he has given many lectures at the SoG and at the Who Do You Think You Are Show.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Two-hour class: £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/the-remembrance-image-project

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Family History: Poor Law, Taxation and Education in Scotland

  • 9 May 2015 2-5pm

In this workshop, William Cross looks at the Poor Laws in Scotland. He starts with the ancient Vagrancy Laws of the Old Scots Parliament. He continues through to the role of the Church of Scotland, the local Heritors, in collecting money at the church door and in the parish raising assessments.

William considers what is in the Heritors records of importance/use for family historians. He also looks at the Poor’s House system generally, the status of paupers in the community, taxation records in Scotland (Old Scots Taxes, Poll Tax, Hearth Tax and Property Assessments), Parochial Schoolmasters, Parish Schools and School Log Books in Scotland, considering the role of the Schoolmaster in Scotland over three centuries.

Sources appraised include the Heritors Records, Parochial and School Boards and Local Authority Education Records, including School Log Books.

The Society of Genealogists, the National Family History Centre, hosts this talk. Visit our website to explore our extensive programme of talks, workshops, walks, visits and special events. 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. There is a room with a drinks machine and you are welcome to bring your lunch, sit and relax after the talk 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. The cost is £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/census-substitutes-2

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Family History: Railway Staff and Railway Police Records

  • 9 May 2015 10:30am-1pm

Has your family research discovered ancestors that were involved with the railways? Before 1923, there were over 900 different railway companies. Many of them have left us with records that contain a wealth of information and a great insight into railway workers' daily lives and working conditions. This half-day workshop looks at the diversified records and the various repositories that hold the records.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Half-day course: £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

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Getting the Most From the Society of Genealogists - Free Talk

  • 13 May 2015 2-3pm

Join us for a free talk about the Society of Genealogists. It’s not just the collection of books, CDs, databases and microfilm - although the remarkable collection holds over 120,000 items. It’s not just the wealth of sources for the armed forces, professional directories, wills and school records - although there are 4 floors full of fascinating records. It’s not even the welcoming atmosphere in the Common Room, offering tea and coffee - well, it is a bit about that. In this talk, find out from Else Churchill, the Society’s Genealogist, what’s available and all the benefits the Society offers.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

One-hour talk: Free. 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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/norwegian-genealogy

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Getting the Most from the Society Catalogue (SOGCAT) - free talk

  • 13 May 2015 11am-12pm

The Society Catalogue, SoGCAT, is the Society of Genealogists' online library catalogue. It lists the holdings at our premises in London. The catalogue contains details of everything in the library except the Document Collections. SoG Members can view some of our databases using SoG Data Online. To search other items listed in the SoGCAT, you must either visit the Library or use the Society's Search and Copy Service. SoGCAT is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In this one-hour free talk, Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services, provides lots of information on how to use SoGCAT.

About Tim Lawrence: Tim has worked at the Society since 1998, during which time he has gained a wide ranging knowledge of its unique family history library and archive.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 11 am. It is free of charge. For us to hold a place for you, the talk must be booked in advance. You can do this by visiting our website, www.sog.org.uk, or phoning us on 020 7553 3290.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/caught-in-court

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Making More of Census Returns: Understanding Relationships and Finding Missing People

  • 16 May 2015 2-5pm

In this half-day workshop, you can learn how to get more out of the information on each census page - at face value and by reading between the lines. In the first part, Caroline Norton looks at how to use the information in individual census entries to deduce more about a person, their family, their life and their circumstances. This knowledge enables you to plan further research. In the second part, Caroline considers people who appear to be 'missing' from census returns. Of course, they are there - they just haven't been found yet. Although there is no guaranteed success in any family history research, with systematic searching many of these people do eventually turn up. Possible reasons for failed searches fall into a number of categories. Taking account of each reason in turn, you can find many of these illusive people. Caroline uses illustrations to present an overview of commonly encountered causes and offers ideas for solutions. You will look a-new at your missing people and make informed searches that suit the challenge.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Cost is £20.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists: discounted price of £16.00. 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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Family History: Electoral Rolls

  • 20 May 2015 2-3pm

At the moment there is a lot of discussion about the need to be registered to vote. Our ancestors took their right to vote very seriously. There's a lot to learn from the old electoral rolls. In this one-hour talk, Eric Probert describes describes how electors were registered and the laws relating to voting rights, defining who could and could not vote. Eric then covers where to find electoral rolls and how best to use them in your family history research.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk 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/family-history-for-beginners-births-marriages-and-deaths-census-re

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Family History: Drawing Charts and Trees by Hand as a Research Tool

  • 23 May 2015 10:30am-1pm

This workshop explains how to draw by hand a Family Group Sheet (FGS) to understand the time line and relationships within a family.

David Cufley discusses the symbols and abbreviations used on charts and diagrams. He explains how gaps on charts and recurring data may indicate trends that suggest future research. David also looks at other types of charts, including drop charts, total descent charts, birth briefs, time lines and mind maps.

This is an interactive workshop. You are encouraged to bring some of your family history details, paper, pencil and an eraser with you.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course costs £20.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists are offered a discount price of £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/family-history-for-beginners-parish-registers-3

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In the Name of God, Amen: Wills Workshop

  • 23 May 2015 2-5pm

Whether your ancestors owned large swathes of land in the north of England or came from a more humble background in the West Country, the chances are that somewhere along the line some of them will have left wills. Dave Annal looks at how to access wills and how you can use them to get a better understanding of what life was really like for your ancestors. This is a highly interactive workshop, so bring your own questions along!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Half-day course: £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

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Tracing Family History in Canada

  • 27 May 2015 2-3pm

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

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

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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