Society of Genealogists

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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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.

Hidden London: Find Unusual Record Collections on Major Websites

  • 31 January 2015 2-5pm

Help your family history research by learning how to dig deeper into those family websites where you might find the most unusual record collections.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

The cost of this half-day course is £20.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists receive a discount on the listed price. To hold a place for you, the course must be pre-booked and pre-paid.
To book a place please email us at events@sog.org.uk or phone us on 020 7553 3290. Alternatively, you can visit our website to book online.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk

My Ancestor was an Engineer

  • 31 January 2015 10:30am-1pm

In this half-day course, Ian Waller describes how to find out more about members of your family who worked as engineers.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

The cost of this half-day course is £20.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists receive a discount on the listed price. To hold a place for you, the course must be pre-booked and pre-paid.
To book a place please email us at events@sog.org.uk or phone us on 020 7553 3290. Alternatively, you can visit our website to book online.

Website

http://www/sog.org.uk

Murder and Misdemeanours - Find Your Criminal Ancestors

  • 4 February 2015 1-1:30pm

Join us for an interesting talk on family history, and still have enough time to get back to your desk. Bring your lunch and share a cup of tea or coffee with us afterwards. The Society of Genealogists are hosting free lunchtime lectures, delivered by experts, for anyone interested. You don’t need any specialist knowledge. Angela Buckley aims to encourage you to look for your law-breaking ancestors. She offers tips and advice on how to search for those shady characters lurking in your family’s past and how to find more about their often colourful misdemeanours.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

This talk is free of charge. However, 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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk

Tracing Your Northern Ancestors: The North East and Cumbria for Family Historians

  • 7 February 2015 2-5pm

The far north of England is a key site for family historians. Many researchers, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads to the north or through it. Keith Gregson will look at the history and heritage of the region - of Northumberland, Tyneside, Durham, Wearside, Tees Valley and Cumbria - and give a fascinating insight into the world in which our ancestors lived. He will introduce a variety of records that are available for genealogical research, from legal and ecclesiastical archives, birth and death certificates to the records of local government, employers, institutions, clubs, societies and schools.

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 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

Place of Birth Ireland - How can I Find out More?

  • 7 February 2015 10:30am-1pm

Over the centuries, one of Ireland’s greatest exports has been its people. They travelled the world, they sought fame and fortune, they were economic migrants, trading, colonising and governing, they were forcibly transported, they fought or worked in garrisons in far off settlements.

It is estimated that there are over one million people of Irish birth in Britain today, plus second, third or fourth generations.

The major challenge to those of us with Irish ancestors is to determine their place of birth. Without this information, it is impossible to undertake research in Ireland, even a fairly uncommon surname. In this half-day course, Maggie Loughran offers ways to find where your Irish family ancestors were born

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

Family and Local History Collections at the Lewisham Local History & Archives Centre

  • 11 February 2015 2-3pm

In this talk, you will learn more about tracing your Lewisham ancestors as well as the local history of the area.

Hosted at the Society of Genealogists, the Lewisham Local Studies Librarian, Sabrina Offord, introduces us to the collections at the Family & Local History Collections - Lewisham History and Archives Centre.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Society of Genealogists

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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk

Family History: Tracing your German Ancestors

  • 14 February 2015 2-5pm

In this half-day course, Peter Towey shows how to look at British records to identify immigrants. We consider when and why they came, and where they came from. We cover the records that are available and helpful in Europe, including what you can access online and what to do about records that are not online.

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

Digging for Essex Roots: Resources for Family Historians

  • 14 February 2015 10:30am-1pm

During this half-day course, we will hear two talks:
- ‘Storehouse of Essex History' – describing the resources held at the Essex Record Office
- ‘Everything In Its Place' – how to find Essex records in other locations.

Allyson Lewis, Archivist at the Essex Record Office offers a very helpful course for those researching ancestors in Essex. For more information on booking this course, and a full list of all our events, please visit our website.

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

Illustrating your Family History

  • 18 February 2015 2-3pm

In this talk, John Pearson offers tips and ideas for illustrating your printed family history. He will cover the pictures you already possess. He will also give advice and ideas on where you may find and copy others you can use for presentation. John will introduce useful ideas, such as using illustrations of places your ancestors lived, including maps and views, lifetime occasions, and timelines that had some bearing on an ancestor’s life. This talk is ideal if you have already started writing your family history (or are getting ready to do so) and would like a better understanding of how to use illustrations to enhance your text and bring your stories to life.

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

Women's Employment Options in Victorian & Edwardian Times

  • 21 February 2015 10:30am-1pm

In this half-day course, Ian Porter begins with a brief overview on the industrial revolution changed living conditions and how the workhouse system forced women to take jobs, no matter how appalling the conditions or how poorly paid. A main section of the talk will cover the Victorian working class woman's employment and the limited work opportunities for middle class women until 1870, with further options thereafter. Ian will discuss the vast changes to both working class and middle class women's employment in Edwardian times, for example, clerical jobs and shop work. The discussion will include the Suffragettes and women working during World War 1.

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

Lunchtime Lecture: Surname Searching & Finding Pedigrees

  • 25 February 2015 1-1:30pm

To help family historians search for family surnames or pedigrees - both online and in the Society of Genealogists' archives. So many people are now tracing their family histories. It's highly possible that something on the family you're researching has already been published - maybe a cousin is also working on this family line. In this half-hour Lunchtime Lecture (bring your lunch), Else Churchill introduces sources online and off line that might be useful in your search for surnames.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

his half-hour talk starts at 1.00 pm and 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 or phoning us on 020 7553 3290.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk

Practical Blogging for Family History - using Wordpress

  • 28 February 2015 2-5pm

People are entering the blogosphere daily, thousands every day. At one time, we would have called a blog a diary, a journal, a scrapbook, or storytelling. It's just one form of a website, but one that is much simpler to use and needs no knowledge of programming languages.

I have been blogging for over 12 years - but we were all blogging newbies at one point. True, bloggers come to the table with varying degrees of online and social media experience, but we’ve all made more than a few mistakes. Truth is, a blog is a website and many people find it difficult to set up their first blog because, although they don't need any programming skills, the terminology has not been explained in simple terms. The evolution from website to blog changes how people communicate so we will look at the development of blogs to help you learn more about blogging. Using the Wordpress platform, We will cover how to install your own blog, step by step. We will look at the different aspects of blogging using plugins, themes, text, images, sounds and videos. Plus I will point out common mistakes that you can avoid.

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

Family History: The Irish in Victorian London

  • 28 February 2015 10:30am-1pm

According to the Census, the number of Irish born immigrants living in England and Wales almost doubled between 1841 and 1851 to over 520,000. The number living in London by 1851 was 109,000. Perceived as a strain on the resources of the Poor Law and charity, this half-day course explores where Irish people lived, where they came from, and the efforts made to return them. Else Churchill and Michael Gandy discuss the usual problems of family history plus the extra ones presented in London. They clarify many issues and explain the great developments of the last few years that have made research much easier.

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

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

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