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.
A classroom at SoG

Family History Skills - Evening Course - Stage 3

  • 3 September — 5 November 2015

Find out how professional genealogists do things. Join the Society of Genealogists’ highly successful Family History Skills evening course. Or just take individual modules to build up your know-how. In Stage 3 our team of professional genealogists present a carefully designed curriculum to stretch your skills and help you develop as a family historian. Classes include practical elements with assignments.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
Stage 3 is designed for students of all abilities, providing they are familiar with the basic records. It is especially suitable for anyone wishing to take the IHGS examinations.

WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER?
The British overseas;
Intestacy, probate and tracing missing persons;
The application of genetics and DNA testing to 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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Become familiar with the records and application of research.
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.
Expect an entertaining and enjoyable experience.

WANT TO TAKE SPECIFIC MODULES
You may be able to book some of the Stage 3 modules independently. If you want to consider this, please contact the Events Department for more details on events@sog.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This is a 10 week course, starting on 3 September and finishing on 5 November, 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/books-courses/events-courses/calendar-day/2015/09/03/

Various photos of ancestors

Family History - Kent in the 19th Century

  • 5 September 2015 2-5pm

Do you have ancestors that lived in Kent? Or perhaps your ancestors left Kent to move to other parts of Britain or other countries.

In this half-day workshop, Gillian Rickard looks at ways to research your Kentish Ancestors. Gillian covers ancestors living in Kent and ancestors that left Kent.

Gillian considers all the various resources available online, looking at what can and cannot be found. She also discusses possible research pitfalls.

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/kent-family-history-including-emigration-from-kent-in-the-19th-centu

A young sailor

Family History: Seamen's Lives - Emigrants, Seamen and Seawomen

  • 5 September 2015 10:30am-1pm

What was life like on board a ship? Do you have ancestors that worked on ships out of Liverpool? Or have you found ancestors that emigrated from Britain on a ship that left from Liverpool?

Many of us are looking for details of ancestors that worked on the sea or left Britain by sea. This workshop focuses on the Liverpool area.

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 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/sources-for-seamens-lives-emigrants-seamen-seawomen-liverpool-are

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

A workshop at the Society of Genealogists

For Family Historians: Free Open Day at Society of Genealogists

  • 12 September 2015 11am-6pm

Join us for talks and a library tour, introducing you to the Society of Genealogists. It’s not just the collection of books, CDs, databases and microfilm - although our remarkable collection 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 4 floors full of fascinating records. It’s not even the welcoming atmosphere in the Common Room, offering tea and coffee - well, it is a bit about that.

And it's about doing these things during the open day:
Starting your Family History Research - get advice and tips from Else Churchill, the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogy. A one-hour talk starting at 11.00 am.
Treasures of the Society of Genealogists - find out from Else Churchill about the remarkable collection held by the Society. A one-hour talk starting at 2.00 pm.
Join a Library tour, starting at 2.00 pm or 3.00 pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This whole Open Day is free of charge. However, we do need you to book a place 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/calendar-day/2015/09/12/

Image shows the book by Alan Stewart

My Ancestor Came From Scotland

  • 19 September 2015 10:30am-1pm

Has researching your family history led you to Scottish records? In this half-day workshop, Alan Stewart looks at the records held in Scotland for birth, marriage and death records and how to locate them. Alan also offers help and advice on church records, census records and what you can find on the web.

About Alan Stewart: Alan is a family history author, who has written a number of family history books. While you are with us at the Society of Genealogists, why not browse our bookshop. We sell a wide and interesting range of books to help you find your ancestors. This includes Alan Stewart's book 'My Ancestor was Scottish'. Part of the acclaimed My Ancestor....series, published by the Society of Genealogists, it is a comprehensive guide to tracing Scottish ancestry, covering a huge range of source materials that are available, including Scottish resources in the Society's Library.

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/my-ancestor-came-from-scotland

Image shows a typical workshop class at SoG

Family History for Beginners - Stage 1: Births, Marriages and Deaths and Census Records

  • 19 September 2015 2-5pm

Starting out on family history research? Then these two workshops are for you.

Stage 1, on Saturday 19 September, covers the fundamentals and the essential building blocks of genealogy. In this half-day workshop Louise Taylor covers how to trace certificates of birth, marriage and death (civil registration) and why. Louise then moves on to cover how to find your ancestors in census records. 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.

Stage 2, Saturday 10 October, covers parish registers.

We are hosting these two Family History for Beginners workshops to introduce you to the range of documents used in family research. However, you don't need to attend both workshops. You're very welcome to just come along to this one.

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

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-births-marriages-and-deaths-census-re-2

Shows the My Heritage logo

Finding Ancestors and Living Relatives using MyHeritage - free talk

  • 30 September 2015 2-3pm

Sponsored by MyHeritage, Laurence Harris introduces you to MyHeritage. You will learn how to search more than 5 billion records in the UK and around the world, using the hugely popular MyHeritage databases and use the software to build a family tree.

MyHeritage's vision is to make it easier for people around the world to use the power of the Internet to discover their heritage and strengthen their bonds with family and friends.

Using MyHeritage gives you access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come.

You can use MyHeritage on your PC or laptop, your Android device, iPad or iPhone.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour workshop is free. However, 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/how-to-find-ancestors-living-relatives-using-myheritage-trees-data

Shows an elderly family group

Tracing Ancestors from Europe: Beyond the Danube

  • 31 October 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

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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