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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Careers in Genealogy: Pitfalls for Professionals

  • 6 May 2015 2-3pm

The great growth in interest in genealogy and family history and the corresponding technological developments and online resources has seen a number of related career opportunities develop in the subject which scarcely existed twenty or even ten years ago. In this talk, Michael Gandy discusses strategies for developing a career and avoiding issues.

About Michael Gandy: A well known personality in the family history community, former FIBIS committee member and former Chairman and now a Fellow of the SoG, Michael Gandy is the editor of the Genealogists’ Magazine, the author of many books on the techniques of genealogy, and an accomplished after dinner speaker.

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

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Hackney History in Context: An Overview

  • 29 April 2015 2-3pm

An overview of Hackney history for those whose school history has left gaps that need filling.

Sean Gubbins has been leading Hackney history walks for 10 years. In this talk, Sean explores the wider backdrop to Hackney's history. So if you don't know the difference between a parish and a puritan, or a Tudor and a turnpike, all will be made clear in this talk.

Sean is also leading a walk on Saturday June 6 around historic Hackney.

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

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Family History: Using the Society of Genealogists' Data Online

  • 29 April 2015 11am-12pm

Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has a magnificent library and archive, with Britain’s largest collection of parish registers and many nonconformist registers. The Society’s collection of online genealogical records (referred to as SoG Data Online) is constantly growing, and becoming an increasingly valuable free resource for members.

In this 1 hour talk, Tim Lawrence, the Head of Library Services describes how to effectively search these records, and gives an update on what is available.

This talk is free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 11.00 am 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

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Im Stuck: Breaking through Brick Walls - Evening Skills Class

  • 30 April 2015 6-8pm

Genealogist meets detective! Find your inner Mentalist or do you think you could be a potential Sherlock Holmes? In this two-hour lecture, Else Churchill offers research techniques and tips for localising your elusive ancestors. Learn how to rethink the problem or regroup your information in a different way or find out about sources of information you didn't know about.
This class is one part of our Evening Skills course. It is for people that want to learn about research strategies used by genealogists.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Two-hour lecture: £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

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Getting the Best from the Ancestry Website

  • 2 May 2015 10:30am-1pm

The very large Ancestry website enables us to discover our family history and build a family tree. We can search birth records, census data, obituaries and a lot of other data. We all use the Ancestry website but most of us, from time to time, have wished we knew a bit more about what was available on the site.

In this half-day workshop, John Hanson aims to help you better understand the whole Ancestry website and how to best use the online search tools.

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

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Your Old Photographs: History, Restoration and Caring for your Collection

  • 2 May 2015 2-5pm

This workshop looks at the history of photography, identifying some of the early formats and how it was used to record our social history. Helen Dawkins is bringing examples to aid identification.

Helen then considers some of the problems with old photographs, including giving advice on repairs.

In the final section, Helen explains how to care for your collection, from simple photograph albums to archival storage, used by museums and libraries, and offers advice on framing.

About Helen Dawkins: Helen is one of the few practitioners in traditional restoration, producing negatives and silver halide, darkroom produced prints.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Society of Genealogists

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/old-photographs-history-restoration-and-caring-for-your-collection

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Family History: Poor Law, Taxation and Education in Scotland

  • 9 May 2015 2-5pm

In this workshop, William Cross looks at the Poor Laws in Scotland. He starts with the ancient Vagrancy Laws of the Old Scots Parliament. He continues through to the role of the Church of Scotland, the local Heritors, in collecting money at the church door and in the parish raising assessments.

William considers what is in the Heritors records of importance/use for family historians. He also looks at the Poor’s House system generally, the status of paupers in the community, taxation records in Scotland (Old Scots Taxes, Poll Tax, Hearth Tax and Property Assessments), Parochial Schoolmasters, Parish Schools and School Log Books in Scotland, considering the role of the Schoolmaster in Scotland over three centuries.

Sources appraised include the Heritors Records, Parochial and School Boards and Local Authority Education Records, including School Log Books.

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 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 on 020 7553 3290.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/census-substitutes-2

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Family History: Railway Staff and Railway Police Records

  • 9 May 2015 10:30am-1pm

Has your family research discovered ancestors that were involved with the railways? Before 1923, there were over 900 different railway companies. Many of them have left us with records that contain a wealth of information and a great insight into railway workers' daily lives and working conditions. This half-day workshop looks at the diversified records and the various repositories that hold the records.

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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Getting the Most from the Society Catalogue (SOGCAT) - free talk

  • 13 May 2015 11am-12pm

The Society Catalogue, SoGCAT, is the Society of Genealogists' online library catalogue. It lists the holdings at our premises in London. The catalogue contains details of everything in the library except the Document Collections. SoG Members can view some of our databases using SoG Data Online. To search other items listed in the SoGCAT, you must either visit the Library or use the Society's Search and Copy Service. SoGCAT is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In this one-hour free talk, Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services, provides lots of information on how to use SoGCAT.

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

This one-hour talk starts at 11 am. It 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, www.sog.org.uk, or phoning us on 020 7553 3290.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/caught-in-court

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Making More of Census Returns: Understanding Relationships and Finding Missing People

  • 16 May 2015 2-5pm

In this half-day workshop, you can learn how to get more out of the information on each census page - at face value and by reading between the lines. In the first part, Caroline Norton looks at how to use the information in individual census entries to deduce more about a person, their family, their life and their circumstances. This knowledge enables you to plan further research. In the second part, Caroline considers people who appear to be 'missing' from census returns. Of course, they are there - they just haven't been found yet. Although there is no guaranteed success in any family history research, with systematic searching many of these people do eventually turn up. Possible reasons for failed searches fall into a number of categories. Taking account of each reason in turn, you can find many of these illusive people. Caroline uses illustrations to present an overview of commonly encountered causes and offers ideas for solutions. You will look a-new at your missing people and make informed searches that suit the challenge.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Cost is £20.00. Members of the Society of Genealogists: discounted price of £16.00. 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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