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: 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

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Family History: Tithes and Taxes

  • 31 January 2018 2-3pm

Paying tithes and taxes probably didn’t please our ancestors. But the records give us a valuable and under-used resource that helps us to find out so much more about their lives.

Michael Gandy explains how to access the records and how to use them.

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.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

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

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/courses/tithes-taxes

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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