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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Using the ScotlandsPeople® Website

  • 27 July 2016 2-3pm

Join us for a talk from Ian Williamson on how to use the ScotlandsPeople® website.

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

The cost is £8.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £6.40 is available. It's easy to become a Member, visit our website www.sog.org.uk. 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/using-mind-mapping-for-genealogical-problem-solving

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Family History: Your Buckinghamshire Ancestors

  • 30 July 2016 10:30am-1pm

Do you have ancestors from Bucks in your family tree? In this half-day course, Antony Marr aims to help you find out more about the historic county of Buckinghamshire and find your ancestors' records.

Topics covered:
- the history and geography of Bucks;
- where to find your ancestors' records in the county;
- other records available outside the county.

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 in Buckinghamshire. 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

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/your-buckinghamshire-ancestors

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Family History: What Can't be Done Online

  • 30 July 2016 2-5pm

What is genealogy for you? A pastime, a hobby, an obsession? Do you happily browse all the online family record providers, finding transcriptions, indexes and digitised records? We all do. But what about all the stuff that isn't online? There's hundreds of thousands of sources hidden away in our nation's archives, libraries and other repositories.

Kirst Gray wants you to get out of your office and 'get your hands dirty'! In this half-day workshop, Kirsty is covering:
- some of the sources that aren't available online;
- how to find these offline items;
- the fascinating information you'll find in them.

Just to make sure that you get what you need, please email Kirsty (kirsty@family-wise.co.uk) to tell her about the specific records that you'd like to find.

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, you would benefit most if you have already started your family tree and you've used online searches to find records and details. 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

Half-day workshop: £20.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, there is a discounted price of £16.00 For usto 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/what-cannot-be-done-online

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Family History: The Story of Marshalsea Prison

  • 3 August 2016 2-3pm

For 500 years until 1842, Southwark was the home of the Marshalsea Prison, one of London’s three major debtors’ prisons. Between 1811 and 1842 it stood on a site north of St. George’s churchyard. It was there that John Dickens was admitted on February 24th, 1824.

The Marshalsea was very unlike today’s criminal prisons and its bygone world was one that we can call truly Dickensian.? The head of that world was the Knight Marshal of the Royal Household.? Debtors were sent to the Marshalsea from the Palace Court, which stood from 1812 in Great Scotland Yard, off Whitehall, and had its own advocates.

Stephen Humphrey takes us back to that world to learn more about Marshalsea's famous history.

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, it is specifically for people interested in the history of Marshalsea Prison or thinking their ancestors were involved in its history. 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. 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/marshalsea-prison

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Breaking Down Family History Brick Walls: Quick References for Common Questions

  • 4 August 2016 6-7:45pm

Here at the Society of Genealogists, we get questions every day from people tracking down ancestors and building family trees. Our staff and volunteers have some go to books and guides that help them quickly make good suggestions and set people off in the right direction. In this workshop Else Churchill, the Society's Genealogist, introduces the standard guides and textbooks that we use for answering queries.

This is one in a series of workshops aimed at breaking down brick walls. In each one, the tutor introduces a common topic or problem - one that often comes up during the Society’s regular consultations or advice sessions. The tutor's aim is to make sure that you know what you need to know so that you can tackle the problem.

Then, acting as a facilitator, the tutor opens up the session to the group, allowing questions and discussions about your genealogical queries that may (but not exclusively) be related to the topic under discussion.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This evening class 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/breaking-down-brickwalls-workshop-quick-reference

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How to Use Legacy Family Tree for Your Family History Records

  • 6 August 2016 2-5pm

The Legacy software enables you to store all your family history information. You can create family trees with millions of people, display them and create reports in a variety of styles and formats. The software gives you all standard genealogical reports, calendars, timelines, questionnaires, research logs and loads of blank forms to suit your needs.

Spend the afternoon with Alec Tritton learning about the features of this popular genealogy software and how to get the best from it.

Admission

Half-day workshop: £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/using-legacy-family-tree-genealogy-software

Trawler at Grimsby

For Family Historians: Fishing and Fishermen

  • 6 August 2016 10:30am-1pm

Do you have ancestors that were part of Britain's fishing history? Dr Martin Wilcox aims to introduce you to the history of the fishing industry and its main developments. Martin also covers where to find the archives and bodies of records that you can use to research the subject.

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 about the history of Britain's fishing industry and how to research ancestors that were involved in 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 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/fishing-fishermen-for-family-historians

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Using Masonic Records for Family and Local History

  • 10 August 2016 2-3pm

Was your ancestor a Freemason? Diane Clements, the Director, explores the records found at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry. She also explains how this Library and Archive can help you research your family members.

About the Library and Museum of Freemasonry: It is the repository for the archives of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of English freemasonry. Information about individual members is based on annual returns of members compiled by individual lodges and sent to Grand Lodge. The earliest returns date from the 1750s. These were used to create registers of members. Members are listed in the registers under their lodge and according to their date of initiation or joining.

This talk is hosted by the Society of Genealogists. There are no special entry requirements for the talk and you do not need to be a Member to attend. However, this course is specifically for people interested in tracing Masonic 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 one-hour talk costs £8.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, there is a discounted price of £6.40.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/using-masonic-records-for-family-and-local-history

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For Family Historians: Palaeography for Beginners

  • 13 August 2016 10:30am-5pm

Palaeography is the study of ancient handwriting, reading it and understanding it. In this full-day course, David Smith aims to teach you how to read and transcribe 16th and 17th century documents written in the Secretary Hand characteristic of the period.

Topics covered:
- Learn to read copies of key documents for family and local historians, such as wills;
- Practise techniques to ?help you tackle any unfamiliar style of handwriting;
- Find out why the Secretary Hand style came into being and why it was superseded.

Bring your own documents, written in this old style, with you. David will try to make time to help you read them.

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 for beginners, interested in learning how to read documents written in Secretary Hand. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during breaks. There is, of course, a lunch break and there are many restaurants and coffee bars in the area.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

The cost of this full-day workshop 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 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/palaeography-for-beginners-2

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Breaking Down Family History Brick Walls: DNA

  • 18 August 2016 6-8pm

Dr Geoff Swinfield explores DNA, DNA testing and its use for family historians.

This is one in a series of workshops aimed at breaking down brick walls. In each one, the tutor introduces a common topic or problem - one that often comes up during the Society’s regular consultations or advice sessions. The tutor's aim is to make sure that you know what you need to know so that you can tackle the problem.

Then, acting as a facilitator, the tutor opens up the session to the group, allowing questions and discussions about your genealogical queries that may (but not exclusively) be related to the topic under discussion.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. It gives you an opportunity to tackle genealogical brick walls and conundrums in a group environment. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This two-hour evening workshop costs £20.00. 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.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/breaking-down-brickwalls-workshop-dna

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How To Transfer Your Family History Data to Another Package (inc GEDCOM transfers)

  • 24 August 2016 2-3pm

Many of us get frustrated with the genealogy package that we use, or maybe it dies a natural death because of the company producing it. Whichever the case, we are left with having to move our data to another package. There's the fear that it won’t be that easy and that we will you lose information. Join us as John Hanson shines light on the black art, as many of us see it, of GEDCOM and explains a trouble-free way to move data.

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, it is specifically for people wanting to understand how to move family history data from one genealogy package to another, and are eager to learn the best way of doing it. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

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/how-to-transfer-your-family-history-data-to-another-package-inc-gedco

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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

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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