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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For Family Historians: Effective Record Keeping

  • 27 August 2016 10:30am-1pm

No matter how much family history research you do, you need to keep proper records to avoid ending up in a muddle or duplicating your work. They can be on paper or on a computer. Ian Waller has lots of ideas and advice.

Topics covered:
- Methods for keeping records;
- What is essential to record;
- How to get the best from your research.

There are no special entry requirements for this workshop and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. Anyone researching their family and building a family tree will find it very useful. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the morning.

Admission

This half-day course 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/effective-record-keeping

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My Ancestor Came from Dorset: Those that Came and Those that Went

  • 27 August 2016 2-5pm

Do you have ancestors from Dorset on your family tree? Of course many stayed in Dorset but a large number emigrated to other countries or moved to cities like London.

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard covers:
- What resources are available for family history research;
- Where to find these resources;
- The most effective way of using the records;
- Why some people left Dorset and others stayed.

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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Fire and Pestilence: The Great Fire of London and Family History

  • 3 September 2016 10:30am-5pm

The Great Fire of London was a massive disaster in London’s history. Join us for a whole day, at the Society of Genealogists, to explore the story of the Great Fire and how it affected Londoners and London. Attend talks and workshops covering the parts of London that burnt, where to find records on Londoners who lived through it and what happened when the Fire stopped. Lunch is provided, giving you a full day with us.

The Great Fire began on 2 September 1666 and destroyed one-third of London. It had a devastating effect on the lives of Londoners, from all parts of society. The diarist Samuel Pepys recorded events each day and helps us to relive those five frightening days as London burned. “So near the fire as we could for smoke; and all over the Thames, with one’s faces in the wind, you were almost burned with a shower of fire-drops”, wrote Pepys about the evening of the 2nd.

Topics covered
Throughout the day, our speakers Gustav Milne, Vanessa Harding and Pete Smith aim to help you develop your understanding of how Londoners survived the Fire and what their lives were like during it and afterwards.
- The five days that the Fire burned and what happened after it ended;
- The records available relating to Londoners that lived in the city at the time.
- The area of London the Fire covered and where to find the surviving geographic and land records.
- The effect that the Fire had on the Great Plague of 1665 in London.

Who should attend
- Anyone that can trace your family back to the 1600s. - expand your understanding of their lives and maybe uncover records you hadn’t thought about;
- Anyone wanting to know more about how London changed and evolved because of the Great Fire and the Great Plague - where the Fire burnt and the changes that inevitably came afterwards;
- Anyone fascinated by the social history of London - understand your own family stories - learn about 1660s London and how they lived;
- Genealogists or anyone training to be a genealogist - a day with experts to enhance your understanding of this period of history.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

The cost covers: all talks, tea/coffee breaks and lunch.
If you are not a Member of the Society of Genealogists: £35.00.
If you are a Member: £28.00.
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/fire-pestilence-the-great-fire-of-london-family-history

Image shows a Victorian lady standing by the coast near a pier.

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

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For Family Historians: Further Palaeography

  • 10 September 2016 10:30am-5pm

Expand your knowledge of 16th and 17th century handwriting, in this highly interactive workshop, as you get to practise on copies of actual old documents.

David Smith will organise you into pairs. Each pair can choose documents from a range of handwriting styles, all written in English, not Latin. David offers each pair individual attention. He also gives practical tips on how to tackle unfamiliar scripts.

If there is time, David offers to help you with your own difficult documents or advise you on problems in your research.

Who should attend:
There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. It is for anyone that wants to improve their skills and fluency in reading 16th and 17th century handwriting. This workshop is not suitable for beginners.

About David Smith: David has been a professional archivist for over 40 years. His last full-time job was as County Archivist of Gloucestershire between 1980 and 2000. He has been teaching evening classes and archives skills for 30 years.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

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

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Medical Sources for Genealogists

  • 14 September 2016 2-3pm

Have you thought about looking for information on your ancestors in medical records? Dr Chris Hilton gives an overview of the medical sources that are available, where to find them and how to use these invaluable records to help you build your family tree.

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.

Dr Chris Hilton is a Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library.

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/medical-sources-for-genealogists

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Evening Classes: Family History Skills - Stage 3

  • 15 September — 17 November 2016

Stage 3 is designed for those who already have experience of genealogical research and are familiar with the basic records. The classes include practical assignments and are suitable for students wishing to take the examinations of Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.

What will the course cover?
- The British overseas;
- Intestacy, probate and tracing missing persons;
- Applying genetics and DNA testing for family history;
- Immigration to England;
- Chancery and other Equity Courts;
- Ecclesiastical Courts;
- Manorial records, customs and tenure;
- Land and estate documents;
- Researching before parish registers.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This class runs every Thursday evening for 10 weeks. Cost is £175.00 for all 10 classes.

Website

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

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Shipwrecked! Tracing Ancestors Lost at Sea and Lifeboat Men

  • 17 September 2016 2-5pm

Living On an island, as we do, the British have a close relationship with their coastline and the sea. Simon Wills aims to help us find out what experiences our ancestors may have had.

Simon's workshop covers:
- Shipwrecks: the passengers, the people that worked on ships, and those that were fighting at sea when disaster struck;
- Lifeboat men: how to trace your own lifeboat men ancestors and the genealogical research he did for his novel 'Lifeboatmen'.

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. However, this course is specifically for people who are beginning to search for ancestors and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/shipwrecked-tracing-ancestors-lost-at-sea-lifeboatmen

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Finding London Burials Online

  • 21 September 2016 2-3pm

One of the biggest problems facing family historians is trying to find the burial of an ancestor in London. John Hanson offers some ideas on possible sources for research.

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/books-courses/events-courses/breaking-down-brickwalls-workshop-how-to-get-the-best-from-commercial

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Genetics and DNA Testing for Family History

  • 29 September 2016 6-8pm

Join us as we review many aspects of genetics that are applicable to the study of family history.

Geoff Swinfield covers the following:
- An introduction to the inheritance of genetic factors;
- How genetic factors produce physical features and hereditary diseases that we can trace through our pedigrees;
- How the inheritance of genetic material and its changes or mutations can provide tests for genealogists to identify the population, a family or even an individual descendant;
- How DNA tests are chosen and performed;
- Case studies to illustrate what DNA tests can, and can’t, tell us.?

Who should attend:
This class is suitable for anyone with a basic understanding of family history, even though they have no prior knowledge of genetics or DNA testing.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Evening class for 2 hours (6 to 8 pm) costs £20.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/evening-skills-class-genetics-dna-testing-for-family-history

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Tracing your Textile Ancestors

  • 1 October 2016 2-5pm

If you have ancestors that worked in the textile trade, then this half-day course is a must.

Vivien Teasdale covers the following topics:
- An overview of how the textile industry developed in England and Wales;
- How the growing textile industry affected population movement;
- Possible places to find records on textile workers;
- Possible places to find records on ancestors that were managers and/or owners of textile mills.

Vivien Teasdale has written a number of books on textile mills and the Huddersfield area.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who are beginning to search for ancestors that worked in, or owned, textile mills and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the afternoon.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/tracing-your-textile-ancestors

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Tracing Thames Watermen: Family History and Research

  • 5 October 2016 2-5pm

Do you have ancestors that made their living on the Thames as watermen? They were an essential part of early London life. Watermen used small boats, called 'wherries' or 'skiffs' to ferry passengers along and across the Thames.

Pat Hilbert covers the following topics:
- How to research your Thames watermen ancestors;
- How to find out details of their families;
- River races, one claimed to be the oldest continually staged annual sporting event in the world;
- The watermen's links with royalty;
- The Jubilant Trust.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who want to know more about the Thames watermen. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the afternoon.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/tracing-thames-watermen-research-family-details

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Family History: London’s Sailortown in the 19th Century

  • 8 October 2016 10:30am-1pm

By 1800 London had spawned along its riverside east of the Tower (Wapping, Shadwell, Ratcliff) one of the world's great industrial complexes. The area built and furnished ships. It equipped the men who sailed the ships to every known, and unknown, quarter of the earth.

The Thames' north bank was London's Sailortown. It was a straggling, bustling district very different from any other part of the capital. But seafaring men around the world knew the area.

Derek Morris covers the following topics:
- The changes in the area in the early part of the 19th century around the London Docks;
- How occupations changed;
- Housing and crime in Wapping, Shadwell and Ratcliff.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. It is for anyone interested in the London Docks area, the history of London in the 1800s, or people who are beginning to search for their ancestors in the area and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the afternoon.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/londons-sailortown-in-the-19th-century

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For Family Historians: Getting the Most from the Society of Genealogists - free talk

  • 12 October 2016 12-1pm

Full of books, treasures and records, directories and databases, family papers and microfilm - what's not to like? It’s not just the collection - although it's remarkable and holds over 120,000 items. It’s not just the wealth of sources for the armed forces, professional directories, wills and school records - although there are 3 floors full of fascinating records. It’s not even the welcoming atmosphere, offering a combination of research material, guidance and support for anyone interested in family history - well, it is a bit about that. If you're working on your family history, you probably won't know where to start.

That's why Else Churchill, the Society's Genealogist, is giving this free talk. She wants to tell you what's available, where to find it and make sure that you're gaining all the benefits the Society of Genealogists offers.

The Society of Genealogists is a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. Our Library is the foremost for family history in the British Isles with a large collection of books and other material. We also run an extensive range of courses and talks at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 12 midday 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/books-courses/events-courses/getting-the-most-from-the-society-of-genealogists-5

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For Family Historians: Getting the Most from our Online Library Catalogue - free talk

  • 12 October 2016 2-3pm

There's nothing more exciting for a family historian than to find a document belonging or relating to one of their ancestors. With our extensive and ever growing collections, many more people are making these discoveries. The Society of Genealogists was founded in 1911. Ever since then we've been collecting family history documents, long before the arrival of local record offices - even typewriters were new. The Society became the National Family History Centre and is the UK-wide repository for family history documents and records. So, we have documents and items that you might not expect to find.

In this one-hour free talk, Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services, provides lots of information on how to use the Society Catalogue, SoGCAT. This is the Society of Genealogists' online library catalogue. It lists the details of everything in the library at our premises in London. SoGCAT is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

About Tim Lawrence: Tim has worked at the Society since 1998, during which time he has gained a wide ranging knowledge of its unique family history library and archive. A member of the Society in the early 1980s, he has been researching his own family history for more than 30 years, tracing them back to 16th century Lancashire.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 2 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/books-courses/events-courses/getting-the-most-from-sog-data-online-2

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Wills and Probate Inventories: An Invaluable Source for Family and Social Historians

  • 15 October 2016 10:30am-1pm

An inventory included with a will or probate material is a gem. Meryl Catty wants to encourage you to discover not only who your ancestors were but also something of the lives they led.

Meryl covers the following topics:
- How to research wills and probate inventories;
- Some highlighted examples to help you begin to understand the records.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically covering how to find and understand an inventory from a will or probate papers. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the morning.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/wills-probate-inventories-an-invaluable-source-for-family-social

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My Ancestor was Scottish

  • 22 October 2016 10:30am-1pm

Spend half a day with an expert on finding ancestors in Scotland.

Alan Stewart covers the following topics:
- Birth, marriage and death records in Scotland;
- How to find the records;
- Using church records;
- Using the census records;
- What is available on the web.

Alan is author of the Society’s popular book 'My Ancestor was Scottish', available in out Bookshop.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who are search for people from Scotland in their family tree and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the morning.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/my-ancestor-was-scottish-3

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Careers in Genealogy: The Road to AGRA and Running a Genealogical Practice

  • 22 October 2016 2-5pm

Are you thinking of doing genealogical research as a paid professional? If you read the classified ads in the many family history magazines, you will find there is no shortage of offers of research for a fee.

But if you advertised, how would someone know that they could trust you with their money and trust your research findings? How would they be sure that you are competent, running a quality business or just making a quick buck?

There are many issues around actually running a genealogical practice. Ian Marson covers:
- An insight into what is really involved in having a successful practice;
- How membership of AGRA (The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) is an advantage to professional genealogists.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who want to know about setting up their own practice. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the afternoon.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/careers-in-genealogy-the-road-to-agra-running-a-genealogical-practi-3

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For Family Historians: The British Indian Civil Service

  • 26 October 2016 2pm

As the power and territories of the East India Company began to increase, it slowly realized that it had to assume responsibilities for the governance of its new citizens. These responsibilities included collecting tax, controlling expenditure, even maintaining law and order. 

Initially, governance was assumed by the military and trading authorities. But they were quite untrained in civil, municipal or legal management, and widespread corruption ensued. However, Clive (Lord Robert Clive of India) returned to India to reinstate order and, with input from Warren Hastings, he formulated a system of Civil Service which became the envy of the world and frequently copied in London.

Peter Bailey covers:
- The history of the Service from its inception in the late 18th century to its peak in the early 20th;
- The handover to India, Pakistan and other newly governed countries at their Independence;
- The sources of biographical and service records relating to your ancestors, frequently referred to as 'the Heaven Born'. They maintained and controlled the 'Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire'.

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. However, this course is specifically for people interested in the Indian civil service. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour 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/books-courses/events-courses/the-british-indian-civil-service

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Tracing Ancestors in Oxfordshire

  • 29 October 2016 10:30am-1pm

Join Sue Honore and Jessica Feinstein to find out about the amazing amount of information available for family historians with people from Oxfordshire on their family trees.

Sue and Jessica cover:
- An overview of how to research your Oxfordshire ancestors;
- The information and records available online;
- What's available in local archives, including new and more obscure sources;
- Some of the projects undertaken by local genealogists and family historians and how these might help you with your own research.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who are searching for their ancestors in Oxfordshire and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the morning.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/tracing-ancestors-in-oxfordshire

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Tracing Family History in County Durham

  • 29 October 2016 2-5pm

The historic County Durham lies between the Rivers Tyne and Tees.

In a packed half-day course, Dr Douglas Burdon covers:
- Where the archives and other resources are, including those outside the boundaries of the current County;
- Where to find records online;
- What you can find in parish registers, nonconformist registers, monumental inscription copies and newspapers and where to look;
- Where to find other records and how to use them: poll books, guild records, occupational records, probate records, land tax, tithe maps, Halmote Court records, Dean and Chapter leases and Durham Chancery Court records.

There are no special entry requirements for this course and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists to attend. However, it is specifically for people who are searching for their ancestors in County Durham and are eager to understand the best ways of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the afternoon.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 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/tracing-family-history-in-county-durham

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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