Society of Genealogists

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

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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: Caught in Court

  • 1 April 2015 2-3pm

Your ancestors probably had some contact with the civil or criminal courts. Learn about the English legal system and the records that may give you a fascinating insight into your ancestors' lives. The records of the English legal system, both civil and criminal, provide a wealth of information from both sides of the law. Most of our ancestors would have had some involvement with the courts during their lifetime. In this talk, Ian Waller examines the content of court and legal records in which your ancestors may appear.

Suitable for

  • 18+

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/caught-in-court

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Family History for Beginners - Stage 1

  • 11 April 2015 2-5pm

Starting out on family history research? Then this first of two workshops is for you. Stage 1 aims to introduce a range of documents used in genealogy and family research.

In this first half-day workshop, you will learn the fundamental first steps and the essential building blocks of genealogy. 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.

In Stage 2, Saturday 25 April, you will learn how to find birth, marriage and burial records in parish registers.

The two Family History for Beginners workshops are aimed at introducing a range of documents used in family research. However, you do not need to attend both workshops. You are welcome to just take either Stage 1 or Stage 2.

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-for-beginners-births-marriages-and-deaths-census-re

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Remembrance Image Project - WW1

  • 22 April 2015 2-3pm

The years 2014 to 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of World War 1. The fighting, of course, took place in many parts of the world. However, the Remembrance Image Project focuses on the Western Front in France and Belgium, where the fighting was extended and ferocious, with a huge loss of life on both sides, and on sites in the UK. The aim of the Project is to produce something which is a lasting tribute to all those who lost their lives, or who were scarred physically or mentally by this terrible conflict.

In this talk, Simon Gregor explains how the project is designed to produce a library of creative photographs that document key sites associated with World War 1 and to capture some of the spirit and emotion of those places. These images will be published over the period between now and 2018, and will hopefully form a lasting archive for future generations.

Facebook: Remembrance Image Project
Twitter: @rememberip

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/the-remembrance-image-project

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Family History: Finding Your Norwegian Ancestors

  • 22 April 2015 12-1pm

Norwegians started migrating to the United Kingdom between 1865 and 1915. Some may have stayed in the UK, others moved on. Some Norwegians came to the UK as sailors but many came for other reasons. If you have Norwegian ancestors, you are probably wondering how to start tracing them, what sources are available in the UK and how you can find them in Norway. In this talk, Liv Marit Haakenstad helps us by looking at the Norwegian Digital Archives, and some other websites, where you can do research for free.

About the speaker
Liv is a genealogist, speaker and author, with extensive experience of genealogy research over the last 35 years. She focuses on research relating to emigration from Norway, especially searching for people that emigrated to the US or Canada.

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/norwegian-genealogy

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Family History for Beginners - Stage 2

  • 25 April 2015 2-5pm

Starting out on family history research and want to understand parish registers? Then this second of two workshops is for you.

You will learn how to search for records of marriage, baptism and burial in parish registers, where to find them and what is in them. Louise Taylor introduces both online and offline sources and methods.

This is the second of two Family History for Beginners workshops. However, it is not a requirement that you must have attended Stage 1. You are very welcome to just come along to this workshop.

Note that Stage 1, on Saturday April 11, covers Births, Marriages and Deaths and Census Records.

Anyone wanting to understand more about parish registers is very welcome to attend. 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.

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-parish-registers-3

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Tracing Merchant Navy Ancestors

  • 25 April 2015 10:30am-1pm

The Caird Archive and Library, at the National Maritime Museum, holds a fantastic range of resources for finding out more about maritime history. Material includes manuscripts, books, charts and maps dating back to the 15th century and comprising the most extensive maritime archive in the world.

In this half-day course, Penny Allen and Tracey Weller help you discover your merchant navy ancestors at the Caird Library. Learn how to access information on Masters and Mates certificates, crew lists, Greenwich Hospital Records, Lloyd’s registers as well as maps and charts. Find out how to register, get tips on ordering and understand the variety of records available to the family history researcher interested in anything maritime.

Penny and Tracey also include information on the subjects that support the museums remit: Sea, Stars and Sky.

Please note this course takes place at the Society of Genealogists.

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

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Family History Skills - Evening Course - Stage 2

  • 30 April — 2 July 2015

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 IS THIS COURSE 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).

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE COVER?
Techniques for localising the elusive ancestor;
Army records before 1914;
Auxilliary 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 many of the records and finding aids used to take research further.
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.

WANT TO TAKE SPECIFIC MODULES?
You may be able to book some of the Stage 2 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 30 April and finishing on 2 July, 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

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

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