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 Skills - Stage 2 - Evening Classes

  • 2 June 2016 6-8pm
  • 9 June 2016 6-8pm
  • 16 June 2016 6-8pm
  • 23 June 2016 6-8pm

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 are these classes 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). This course is suitable for students wishing to take the IHGS exams.

What will the classes cover?
- I'm Stuck! Techniques for localising the elusive ancestor;
- Army records before 1914;
- Auxiliary 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 the records and application of research.
Know what records are available and where to find them.
Place sources of data into the context of their original purpose.
Understand the techniques required to assess evidence.
Learn the basic pedigree layout and understand research standards.
Expect an entertaining and enjoyable experience.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This 10-week course runs every Thursday evening between 6 pm and 8 pm. The course ends on Thursday 23 June.

The price for the full 10-week course is £175.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, there is a discounted price of £140.00.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/stage-2-evening-skills-course-3

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For Family Historians: The Old Kent Road

  • 1 June 2016 2-3pm

From the pubs, shops and cinemas to the railway goods yards, the gas works and the Surrey Canal - find out about the history of the Old Kent Road.

The Old Kent Road was once the highway from Kent to London. In this talk, Stephen Humphrey covers the general history of the Old Kent Road:
- the Roman origins of the route;
- its mediaeval use by pilgrims to Canterbury;
- its first full development from the late 18th century onwards.

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

This one-hour talk costs £8.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists are offered a discount price of £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/the-old-kent-road

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Tracing your European Ancestors

  • 4 June 2016 2-5pm

Learn about how Europe's history impacts on your family history research and find out more about the cultural, social, economic and political lives of your European ancestors.

In the first session, Julie Goucher provides a broad overview on family history research in Europe. The Continent spans more than 30 countries and has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe's different languages, cultures and religions all play a part in family history research. Topics covered include:
- the obstacles and pitfalls you may encounter;
- the major historical events that have had a marked effect on family history, especially the impact of the world wars and regional conflicts, border changes and movements of populations;
- the concept of researching European surnames and how that might link into European DNA projects.


In the second session, Julie features key resources, some well-known and others less so, for researching European ancestry. These enable you to explore ancestral and family history sites. They also allow you to embrace the cultural, social, economic and political lives of your European ancestors. Topics covered include:
- researching in the historical context of the time – your people in their place in their time;
- understanding that how important context is to successful European research;
- bringing your ancestors to life so that they become more than just names.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course 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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/tracing-your-european-ancestors

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Family History on the Mac

  • 4 June 2016 10:30am-1pm

Do you use a Mac for your family history research? Then join Graham Walter and bring your questions with you.

In this half-day workshop, Graham considers genealogy packages for the Mac. Topics covered include:
- Windows packages that are ideally suited for the Mac;
- elements of how to do your family history research with tools that aren't specifically for family history;
- using Evernote and DropBox on a Mac.

Graham is more than happy to answer your specific question about using a Mac for family history.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course 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/family-history-on-the-mac-2

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Family History Getaway Week - London Ancestors and London Lives

  • 6 — 10 June 2016

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 and talks that focus on finding your London ancestors and understanding how they lived. Then, as part of the programme, explore the books, documents and records in our Library and Catalogue and have personal consultations with our Help and Advice Team looking at your family tree. Fourteen workshops and talks, help using our Library and lunch included in the cost.

London has been a major world city for centuries. Your ancestors may have come to London to do business, to learn or follow a trade, to sell goods, to work in service or as a labourer working on new buildings or the new roads and railways. Immigrants to Britain often started their new lives in London. Even if your family comes from somewhere else in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, it’s highly possible that some members lived in London at some time. Picking up the threads of your ancestors’ lives and joining them up with the rest of the family can be challenging.

Aims and objectives
Spread over the five days, we aim to help you to develop your understanding of how to find your London ancestors and to use your new skills to move your research forward.
• Enhance your techniques to find your London ancestors in civil registration records, the censuses and parish registers, and documents, such as wills and probate.
• Become more familiar with the resources available in the Society of Genealogists’ Library, at the London Family History Centre, on the National Archives website, and in the Westminster City Archives.
• Develop your understanding about essential need-to-know topics, such as the cemeteries of London, apprentice records, information on non conformists, using maps of London, and crime, poverty and social policy in the city.

Time for your own research
We’ve built into the programme some time each day for you to do your own research. Of course, you will want to use the Society's remarkable Library collection of over 120,000 items - 4 floors full of fascinating records. Plus we have Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. And you can book personal consultations with the tutors and members of the Society’s expert Help and Advice Team to discuss the challenges in your family tree.

Who should attend
Everyone researching their family history in London and building a family tree is very welcome.
Have you made a good start but are baffled by gaps and missing people and you think the answers may lie in London records? This five-day Getaway programme is ideal for you.
Have you just started and want to know what records are available and where they are? You will find many answers and get a head start in our Library during the five days.
Expect a friendly atmosphere, expert tutors and lots of detail. There is, of course, a sandwich lunch break and tea and coffee breaks during the day. Take the opportunity to get to know other people who share your interests in family history.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

The cost covers: all talks and workshops, sandwich lunch, access to our Library and personal consultations.
If you are not a Member of the Society of Genealogists: £220.00 for the full five-day course.
If you are a Member: £176.00 for the full five days.
It’s easy to become a Member and there are loads of other benefits and discounts. Visit our website (www.sog.org.uk) to find out more.

How to book
Visit our website: www.sog.org.uk
Phone us on 020 7553 3290

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-history-getaway-london-ancestors-london-lives

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For Family Historians: Fleshing out your Family Tree

  • 11 June 2016 10:30am-5pm

Wouldn't you like to know more about what your ancestors were really like? Join Celia Heritage for the day to investigate some of the sources that take you behind the scenes of their lives. Learn about incidents that happened to them and understand what everyday life was like for them.

We cover a range of centuries, looking at records connected with every stage of your ancestor's life, from infant, to adult, to the grave.

Topics covered
- school and workhouse records, especially for workhouse staff;
- trade directories, apprenticeships and guilds;
- ordnance survey maps;
- churches and gravestones;
- court records - most of our ancestors feature in these, for civil or criminal misdemeanours or as witnesses so they can be the most revealing.

Who should attend
There are no special entry requirements for this talk and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. It is specifically for people who want to understand how their ancestors lived and the best records to use. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during breaks, giving you an opportunity to get to know others that share your interests. There is, of course, a lunch break and there are many restaurants and coffee bars in the area.

About Celia Heritage
Celia is a qualified genealogist and a full member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers Archives (AGRA), the professional body which maintains and promotes professional conduct in the field of genealogy and historical research. She has written books, created online courses and spoken at major genealogy events. Celia is a regular speaker at the SoG.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This full-day course costs £35.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £28.00 is available.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/fleshing-out-your-family-tree

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RootsMagic™ Masterclass: Turning your Family History into a Book

  • 15 June 2016 2-3pm

Publishing your family history is now quite easy to do. The RootsMagic™ Publisher lets you combine multiple reports and charts into a single document. It creates a table of contents and a full index for your book. You can include photos, notes, sources and other text. You can add cover and title pages, a copyright page and dedications. When you're finished, you can send your book to your printer or to a PDF file, to send to family members.

Join Charlie Mead to explore the Publishing function in RootsMagic and find out how to create an illustrated and fully indexed family history. Questions invited!

There are no special requirements for this workshop and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. We are hosting this Family History workshop for anyone researching their family history. 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.

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.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

One-hour workshop: £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/rootsmagic-masterclass-publishing-turning-your-family-history-into

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Family Historian Software - Practical Workshop

  • 25 June 2016 10:30am-1pm

Family Historian is a powerful, award-winning genealogy program, with comprehensive features designed to meet the needs of anyone new to family history research and the needs of experts. Version 6.2 of Family Historian was released in April 2016. It is a free update for version 6 users. It adds automatic record matching and ‘hints’ for Findmypast databases.

In this half-day workshop, John Hanson provides practical help in getting the most from Family Historian. The sessions during the day are designed specifically for UK users.

Please bring a laptop with you. And, of course, bring all your questions about using the software.

Important: This workshop covers using the Family Historian software. The workshop does not cover general family history research.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course 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/family-historian-software-practical-2016

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Family History: Manorial Records and Title Deeds

  • 25 June 2016 2-5pm

Do you have ancestors that lived on a manor? They may have paid rent to the lord of the manor. They may have played a role in the local court of law. The manor was an important feature of the local community. Manorial documents include any documents created as part of the administration of the manor. They are often found in family and estate archives. Of course, owners needed to be able to establish proof that they owned the land or had rights and privileges. The content of title deeds may vary and are often legally complex. The half-day workshop aims to help you understand more about your ancestors' lives and suggest where you might find more information.

In the first session, Les Mitchinson looks at what life on the manor was like as well as the records.

In the second session, Les covers title deeds that establish family links and identify the ancestral home.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This half-day course 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/manorial-records-title-deeds

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Hell Upon Water: The Infamous Prison Ships of England 1793-1815

  • 29 June 2016 2-3pm

During the Napoleonic Wars, more than 200,000 prisoners of war, from many nations, were held at Dartmoor, Norman Cross and in prison ships or hulks. These prison ships had an ominous reputation. French prisoners dreaded being sent to one. But did you know that the British blamed Napoleon for the increasing use of prison hulks? Paul Chamberlain tells us about life in hell upon the water.

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

This one-hour talk starts at 2.00 pm. The cost is £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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/open-day-lecture-starting-your-family-history-research-2

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Miners in Your Family? Discover More About Their Lives

  • 2 July 2016 2-5pm

Many of us have ancestors that were miners - maybe recently in the 1900s or maybe in earlier times in Cornwall or Devon. They lived hard lives although they were close-knit communities. Join Eirwen Palmer to find out about the resources available that will enable you to look closely at their lives. Eirwen also talks about coal mining deaths and where to find more information on them.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

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.

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/births-marriages-and-deaths-at-sea

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Family History Getaway Week: Victorian London Family & Social History

  • 5 — 9 September 2016

Join us at the Society of Genealogists for a Family History Getaway Week. The Society is hosting this five-day programme in its Library in London. You can attend talks and workshops to find out how London Victorian families lived and how London’s social issues and local history affected their lives. Then, as part of the programme, explore the books, documents and records in our Library and Catalogue and have personal consultations with our Help and Advice Team looking at your family tree. Sixteen workshops and talks, help using our Library and lunch included in the cost.

Have you found the basic records that show where your family lived in London? Do you have an idea of the jobs they did? Perhaps you have even found the streets they lived in. But life in Victorian London was extraordinary. It was already a major world city. The wealth it produced and expended was incredible. The poverty and appalling living conditions in some areas was shocking. Your Victorian ancestors were also living in an era of rapidly developing science, transport, politics and industry. So what was it like to live in Victorian London? This Getaway Week focuses on Victorian London families: how they lived, the issues they faced, their daily lives in the context of the social and local history of London.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

The cost covers: all talks and workshops, sandwich lunch, access to our Library and personal consultations.
If you are not a Member of the Society of Genealogists: £220.00 for the full five-day course.
If you are a Member: £176.00 for the full five days.
It’s easy to become a Member and there are loads of other benefits and discounts. Visit our website (www.sog.org.uk) to find out more.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-history-getaway-victorian-london-family-social-history

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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