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.
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Careers in Genealogy: Pitfalls for Professionals

  • 6 May 2015 2-3pm

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 for Beginners - Parish Registers

  • 25 April 2015 2-5pm *on now

You've just started out on your family history research and you know that you need the parish registers to go back in time. But where are they and how do you search them?

In this workshop, you will learn how to search for records of marriage, baptism and burial in parish registers, where to find them and what is in them. Louise Taylor introduces both online and offline sources and methods.

Anyone wanting to understand more about parish registers is very welcome to attend. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and a wealth of detail. During the break for tea or coffee, you can chat to other people attending who share your interests.

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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Tracing Merchant Navy Ancestors

  • 25 April 2015 10:30am-1pm *on now

The Caird Archive and Library, at the National Maritime Museum, holds a fantastic range of resources for finding out more about maritime history. Material includes manuscripts, books, charts and maps dating back to the 15th century and comprising the most extensive maritime archive in the world.

In this half-day course, Penny Allen and Tracey Weller help you discover your merchant navy ancestors at the Caird Library. Learn how to access information on Masters and Mates certificates, crew lists, Greenwich Hospital Records, Lloyd’s registers as well as maps and charts. Find out how to register, get tips on ordering and understand the variety of records available to the family history researcher interested in anything maritime.

Penny and Tracey also include information on the subjects that support the museums remit: Sea, Stars and Sky.

Please note this course takes place at the Society of Genealogists.

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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Hackney History in Context: An Overview

  • 29 April 2015 2-3pm

An overview of Hackney history for those whose school history has left gaps that need filling.

Sean Gubbins has been leading Hackney history walks for 10 years. In this talk, Sean explores the wider backdrop to Hackney's history. So if you don't know the difference between a parish and a puritan, or a Tudor and a turnpike, all will be made clear in this talk.

Sean is also leading a walk on Saturday June 6 around historic Hackney.

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: Using the Society of Genealogists' Data Online

  • 29 April 2015 11am-12pm

Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has a magnificent library and archive, with Britain’s largest collection of parish registers and many nonconformist registers. The Society’s collection of online genealogical records (referred to as SoG Data Online) is constantly growing, and becoming an increasingly valuable free resource for members.

In this 1 hour talk, Tim Lawrence, the Head of Library Services describes how to effectively search these records, and gives an update on what is available.

This talk is free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 11.00 am 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

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Family History Skills - Evening Course - Stage 2

  • 30 April — 2 July 2015

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.

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  • 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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Getting the Best from the Ancestry Website

  • 2 May 2015 10:30am-1pm

The very large Ancestry website enables us to discover our family history and build a family tree. We can search birth records, census data, obituaries and a lot of other data. We all use the Ancestry website but most of us, from time to time, have wished we knew a bit more about what was available on the site.

In this half-day workshop, John Hanson aims to help you better understand the whole Ancestry website and how to best use the online search tools.

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

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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Your Old Photographs: History, Restoration and Caring for your Collection

  • 2 May 2015 2-5pm

This workshop looks at the history of photography, identifying some of the early formats and how it was used to record our social history. Helen Dawkins is bringing examples to aid identification.

Helen then considers some of the problems with old photographs, including giving advice on repairs.

In the final section, Helen explains how to care for your collection, from simple photograph albums to archival storage, used by museums and libraries, and offers advice on framing.

About Helen Dawkins: Helen is one of the few practitioners in traditional restoration, producing negatives and silver halide, darkroom produced prints.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Society of Genealogists

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/old-photographs-history-restoration-and-caring-for-your-collection

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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

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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