Society of Genealogists

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The Society of Genealogists offers a wonderful combination of research material, expert guidance and practical support for anyone interested in family history or social history.

We are a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. We were founded in 1911 and ever since then we've been collecting family history documents - long before local record offices opened.

We are the National Family History Centre and families have always deposited their family history documents and records with us for safe keeping. So, we have documents and items that you might not expect to find.

We are committed to an education and skills programme, delivering a wide range of talks, walks and and courses for people new to family history, social and family historians, and genealogists. Our family history Free Access Area in the Lower Library offers free access to most of the pay-per-view genealogy websites.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday

Admission charges

Regular free talks on Wednesdays
Free Library Tours every second Saturday
One-hour talk: £8.00
Half-day course: £20.00
Full-day course: £35.00
Access to our Library and databases for research: small fee payable at Reception

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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Stage 2 Family History Skills - Evening Classes

  • 25 October 2018 6-8pm
  • 1 November 2018 6-8pm
  • 8 November 2018 6-8pm
  • 15 November 2018 6-8pm
  • 22 November 2018 6-8pm
  • 29 November 2018 6-8pm

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.

Evening classes can be a great way to study genealogy. Away from all the other pressures of life for two hours, you can focus on how to find your ancestors and flesh out your family's history. You'll spend time with other people in the class that share your interests and are as keen as you are to learn new skills.

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.

Visit our website to download a complete curriculum and book your place.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Total price for all 13 weeks: £225.00. Members have a discounted price: £180.

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/stage-2-evening-skills-course-5

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Booze and Clues: Tracing my Publican Ancestry

  • 24 October 2018 2-3pm

In this talk, Dr Gwyneth Wilkie draws on research done into some of her pub-keeping forebears. Most of them lived in Lancashire and Cheshire in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The research centres on the Fletcher and Hunt families, who ran the Griffin Inn in Bowdon, Cheshire.

Gwyneth covers:
- The different kinds of records that proved useful;
- The varied role of the pub in the community;
- Attitudes to drink;
- Some of the attempts to tax and regulate the trade, which did not always bring about the desired results.

Admission

£8.00; Members of the Society of Genealogists have a discounted price of £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/booze-and-clues-tracing-my-publican-ancestry

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Tracing Ancestors from Somerset

  • 27 October 2018 2-5pm

Learn how to best trace your Somerset/Bristol ancestors, both locally and from a distance.

Jane also looks at reasons why your family may have left Somerset, some only moving to Bristol, and how best to track them down.

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the session.

Admission

£20.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £16.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/tracing-ancestors-from-somerset

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Life in Colonial America 1700-1790

  • 27 October 2018 10:30am-1pm

New migrants coming to North America inclded the Scots, the Irish, the Palatines from Germany and Switzerland, and the Quakers. What influence did they have? Many families had indentured servants. How was that organised? 

In this half-day workshop, Jane Ferentzi-Shepard looks at the expansion of colonial life in the 1700s and the movements west and south. She also talks about the Great Wagon Road that opened up the ‘back country’, where many of the new colonists settled.

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. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

Admission

£8.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/life-in-colonial-america-1700-1790

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London in the First World War

  • 1 November 2018 2-3pm

Learn how ordinary Londoners were affected by air raids, food shortages and the war effort. David Evans gives us an excellent snapshot of family who lived during the Great War.

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. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail. Tea and coffee are provided during a break in the afternoon.

Admission

£8.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/london-in-the-first-world-war

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Getting the Most from the Society of Genealogists

  • 7 November 2018 2-3pm

Since 1911, when we were founded, we have been collecting family history documents, long before the arrival of local record offices. As the National Family History Centre we are the UK-wide repository for family history documents and records. So, we have items that you might not expect to find.

Many documents are originals and some are beautiful to look at. Within our collections you can find marriage settlements, deeds, certificates, wills, photographs, newspaper clippings, probates, family coat of arms and letters. They give us a tremendous insight into what life was like for our ancestors.

Where do you start? What do you choose to look at first? How do you find items and how long can you look? In this talk, Else Churchill aims to explain what's available and where to look.

Admission

£8.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/getting-the-most-from-the-society-of-genealogists-8

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For Family Historians: Railway Workers

  • 14 November 2018 2-3pm

In this talk, Frank Hardy gives an overview of the railway organisation for a typical company. He covers:
- The typical grades involved within the various departments
- A look at what information is available to find railway ancestors
- Where to find the records

There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. This talk is for anyone who is tracing their family ancestors. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert tutor and lots of detail.

Admission

£8.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/railway-workers

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Family History Resources at the Parliamentary Archives

  • 28 November 2018 2-3pm

In this talk, Penny McMahon offers a short introduction to the Parliamentary Archives and the records they hold. She then takes a closer look at the family history resources that Parliament holds and how best to access them.

The Parliamentary Archives have a surprising number of records that would be of interest to any genealogist looking into ancestors from around the country, particularly from the 17th century onwards.

Admission

£8.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £6.40

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-history-resources-at-the-parliamentary-archives

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Family Historian Software for Beginners and Refreshers

  • 1 December 2018 10:30am-5pm

Family Historian is a powerful, award-winning genealogy program, with comprehensive features designed to meet the needs of anyone new to family history research as well as the needs of experts.

In this full-day workshop, John Hanson provides an overview of Family Historian version 6. The sessions during the day are designed specifically for UK users, both beginners and people wanting to refresh their understanding.

In the morning session, John covers how to add information to the database including:
- Adding family members;
- Editing people's details;
- Adding people that aren't related;
- Sorting or changing the order of children;
- Recording your sources - includes using Ancestral Sources;
- Adding extra facts about a person.

In the afternoon session, John looks at how to get the information that you entered out and covers:
- Drawing a tree and saving it;
- Creating reports;
- Writing queries.

You do not need to bring a laptop for the day. But DO bring all your questions about using the software.

Important: This workshop covers using the Family Historian software. The workshop does not cover general family history research.

Admission

£35.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £28.00

Website

http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-historian-software-for-beginners-refreshers-7

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

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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