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: Getting the Best from the Findmypast Website

  • 11 July 2015 10:30am-1pm

Planning to go to the local library to research your family history? Get up to speed on how to effectively use the Findmypast website, usually available free in libraries and family history centres. John Hanson gives an in-depth look at how to search the website’s collections.

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 10.30 am. 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/getting-the-best-from-the-findmypast-website

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Family History: Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors

  • 18 July 2015 10:30am-1pm

Between the 16th and 18th centuries, many thousands of Protestants fled religious persecution in France and the Low Countries. They became one of the most influential immigrant communities in the countries where they settled. Many families in modern-day Britain find a Huguenot connection in their past.

In this half-day workshop, Kathy Chater points out the many sources that you can use to uncover the Huguenot ancestry you may not realize you had. Then, Michael Gandy looks at the social history of Huguenots, before and after their arrival in the UK.

While you're with us, why not browse our bookshop? We are selling Kathy Chater's book, Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors, which will offer more details to help you.

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/books-courses/events-courses/tracing-your-huguenot-ancestors-2

Soldiers with transport in Treviso, WW2

For Family Historians: Military History on the Internet

  • 18 July 2015 2-5pm

In this half-day workshop, Simon Fowler looks at the major sources for researching military genealogy online. Simon especially considers records provided by Ancestry, Findmypast and The National Archives, as well as some of the less well-known websites maintained by enthusiasts.

Simon covers sources for all three Services from the 18th century to the 1960s.

Simon encourages you to bring details of the service men and women that you are researching. The class will use your details as examples during the afternoon.

About Simon Fowler: Simon is a freelance researcher, writer and tutor specializing in military history and the two World Wars.  You can find out more at www.history-man.co.uk. Pen & Sword are publishing a new edition of Simon's Military History in the Internet next year.

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/military-history-on-the-internet

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My Ancestor Came From London

  • 25 July 2015 10:30am-5pm

During the day, the lecturers look at available sources in London repositories that may help you break down your brick-wall research problems. They also provide an update on what is available in the collections of the Society of Genealogists Library.

The full programme for the day is:
10:30 am – Administrative Boundaries – Michael Gandy
11:45 am – Tea/coffee break
12:00  - London Repositories for Research - Ian Waller
1:15 pm - Lunch (not provided)
14:00 pm – Breaking Down Brick Walls – Rosemary Morgan
15:15 pm – Tea break
15:30 pm – London sources at the Society of Genealogists – Else Churchill
17:00 pm - 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

This full-day course costs £35.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists are offered a discount price of £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/books-courses/events-courses/my-ancestor-came-from-london

Hospital ward from WW1

Shell Shock in Britain and Army Deserters During World War 1

  • 1 August 2015 2-5pm

We now know that millions of soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War. But what happened after they returned home?

Suzie Grogan reveals the First World War's disturbing legacy for soldiers and their families, their communities and the nation as a whole.

In 1922, the British Parliament published a report into the situation of 'service patients', or mentally ill ex-soldiers still in hospital. What happened to these men? Were they cured? What treatments were on offer? And what was the reception from their families and society? How far have we come in the field of mental health in the last 100 years?

Drawing on a huge mass of original sources, Suzie examines these questions, combining individual case studies with a narrative of wider events. Unpublished material from the archives shows the true extent of the trauma experienced by the survivors.

This is a fresh perspective on the history of the post war period, and the plight of a traumatised nation. We will also look at how the Army dealt with soldiers who deserted and what records can be found.

Desertion was a huge problem in the British armed forces, up to the 1850s at least. Men rebelled against the appalling conditions and harsh discipline. Simon Fowler looks at the phenomenon of desertion, from the 18th century up the end of the Second World War, with emphasis on the First World War. Simon suggests ways for you to research ancestors that were deserters from His Majesty's forces.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half day workshop costs £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

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Tracing Ancestors from Europe: Beyond the Danube

  • 1 August 2015 10:30am-1pm

This half-day workshop is for people researching families thought to have Polish, Hungarian, Slovak, Baltic States, Czech or Ruthenian/Ukranian ethnicity. Hugh and Sandra Guilford will focus on how research in Eastern Europe differs from family history in the UK. They cover remote access to secular and religious sources and databases; practical advice and their experience in visiting and searching in local archives, including Vienna; and migration, by choice or obligatory.

The emphasis is always on the importance of addressing these topics in their local historical context. Hugh and Sandra encourage you to bring along your own specific family history research queries for discussion.

Please note: this workshop does NOT cover research or how to trace victims and survivors of the World War 2 holocaust.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day workshop costs £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/tracing-ancestors-from-europe-beyond-the-danube-2

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London's Sailortown in the 18th century: Social History of Shadwell and Ratcliff

  • 12 August 2015 2-3pm

By 1800, London had spawned, along its Riverside east of the Tower, one of the world’s great industrial complexes. It built and furnished ships and equipped the men who sailed them to every known and unknown quarter of the earth.

The River’s north bank in particular was London’s Sailortown, a straggling bustling district quite different from any other part of the capital, yet known the world over by seafaring men. For long it was a district buried in obscurity and clouded by myth. But in recent years this part of the East End during its formative period has been expertly recovered for us in a revelatory multi-volume survey. The survey previously explored the parishes of Mile End Old Town, Whitechapel, and Wapping. It now completes the Riverside with Shadwell and the hamlet of Ratcliff.

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/books-courses/events-courses/londons-sailortown-in-the-18th-century-social-history-of-shadwell-and

Class at SoG

Family History Getaway Week: Genealogy in the 21st Century

  • 7 — 11 September 2015

Spend a whole week on your family history with the Society of Genealogists. The Society is hosting a five-day genealogy programme in its Library in London. Attend workshops that focus on how you can use the latest software and the new developments on popular websites to progress your family history search. Then spend some time on your own research, using the Society's remarkable collection of over 120,000 items - 4 floors full of fascinating records. Ten workshops, help using the Library and lunch included in the cost. For a full agenda of all the events in the week, visit our website www.sog.org.uk.

Family history research has come a long way since the days of paper stuffed into cabinets and binders. Record-keeping is easier and faster than ever before, allowing us to spend less time organising our records and more time doing research. Leading experts are on hand to run workshops on developments in the genealogy community, changes on major family history websites, data storage, keeping emails and data secure, using iPads and tablets, new genealogy software and web applications, like Google Maps and Google Earth.

What you will learn
What's new on the world’s largest genealogy website, Family Search, and how to create and change your family tree on the site - with Sharon Hintze
How to control spam emails and computer viruses and how to search the web safely - with Chris Mappley
How to dig deep into the records held on the Ancestry website - with John Hanson
How to make your tablet your favourite research aid, including a look at iPad - with John Hanson
What software package to choose for your family history - with John Hanson
What to do with your data, looking at backing files up and online publishing - with John Hanson
What the free genealogy software programs offer and how to use them - with Charlie Mead
Find out about Cloud storage and Digital Preservation Share and understand how to transfer your family history information with ease - Charlie Mead
Learn how to make use of social networks for your genealogy and what multimedia offers - with Alec Tritton
How to go paperless - with Alec Tritton
How to use Google Maps and Google Earth to help your research - with Ian Williamson
How to get the best from your digital camera, how to manipulate images and use software - with John Fowler
Think about the future of the web for Family Historians - with Peter Christian
Go on a tour of the Society of Genealogist's Library and learn how to use it

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Five-day course: £220.00. 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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-history-getaway-genealogy-in-the-21st-century

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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