Listed below is further information about the Society of Genealogists August & September events (please especially note the special events taking place the end of September). All places must be pre-booked and pre-paid, visit our website at or contact the events department, details at the bottom of this email.
The Olympics will soon be upon us and we hope everyone visiting has a good time. The Society will be open for normal hours during the Olympics period. We have no way of knowing what impact there will be on travel to the Society and our staff (who rely on public transport) may be affected too. We ask that you bear with us if the doors are not open at 10am due to some unforeseen problem. We will of course do everything possible to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. We would also recommend you check your own travel arrangements in advance as changes are possible during the games.
Sat 4 Aug 11:00-16:00 Society of Genealogists Heritage Open Day
Learn how to trace your family tree with the help of our experts.
Free Lectures: Getting Started (11:30), Getting the Most from the Census (12:45), Treasures of the SoG (14:00), Immigration Records (15:15)
Library tours: 11:00, 12:00 & 14:00.
All free of charge but must be pre-booked, preferably by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 18 Aug 10:30-13:00 The Victorian Way of Death
In the 1800s, death did not hold the same taboo as it does today. A funeral was a time for sombre celebration and an opportunity for the family to gather and exchange the latest news and gossip. Many of the traditions have evolved and still, in one form or another, survive today. These traditions and folklore which surrounded the Victorian rituals are investigated in this informative yet humorous talk. A half-day course with Tom Doig £17.50/£14.00
Sat 18 Aug 14:00-17:00 Ireland to England: Where Did They Come From?
A half-day course with Michael Gandy £17.50/£14.00
Tue 21 Aug 14:00 Visit & Talk: Ragged School Museum
A one-hour talk on the history of the Ragged School, its premises and the East London Victorian poor. The Museum can be toured before or after the talk (self guided), £10.00/£8.00
Wed 22 Aug 14:00-15:00 Mayfair and the London Season
During the nineteenth century, aristocratic and elite families would travel to a small pocket of the West End of London to participate in the annual Season. Mayfair remained at the heart of this social phenomenon throughout the century and it's character fundamentally affected by the events of the Season. My PhD research (completed in 2011) studied the effects of the Season on Mayfair and the people who lived there. To do this, I used a wide variety of sources, linking these together to build a picture of Mayfair's residents during this period. My talk introduces some of these sources (including court records, data contained in newspapers, biographies, fashion documents), demonstrating how these were used to build a picture of the Season, as well as briefly summarising the findings of my research into this period of Mayfair's history.
A one-hour talk with Kathryn Wilkins £6.00/£4.80
Sat 25 Aug 10:30-13:00 In the Name of God Amen: Wills Workshop
Whether your ancestors owned large swathes of land in the north of England or came from a more humble background in the West Country, the chances are that somewhere along the line some of them will have left wills. The tutor will look at how to access wills and how you can use them to get a better understanding of what life was really like for your ancestors.
A half-day workshop with Dave Annal £17.50/£14.00
Sat 25 Aug 14:00-17:00 Family Historian Software - Practical
A hands-on practical course to help you better understand the software, you must bring a laptop.
A half-day course with John Hanson £17.50/£14.00
Sat 1 Sep 10:30-13:00 Drawing up a Family Tree
The instructor will talk about uses of family trees, standard layouts and conventions, what to include and how to draw one up by hand. Software is mentioned as one means of generating trees and pedigree charts but the emphasis will not be on specific programs.
A half-day course with Louise Taylor £17.50/£14.00
Sat 1 Sep 14:00-17:00 Coach & Harness Makers and Those That Drove Them Throughout the era of the horse drawn vehicle many skilled and not so skilled ancestors were involved in the construction of the vehicles and the crafting and manufacture of harnesses used on the horses that pulled them. Business existed in both towns and villages so many of our ancestors would have been either directly or indirectly involved. We examine the different occupations followed, the regional differences, how they trained and the variety of records of those involved, including those that drove them. A half-day course with Ian Waller £17.50/£14.00
Wed 5 Sep 11:00-13:30 (appx) A Historical Walk Around Wapping
This walk will be led by Derek Morris, author of Wapping 1600-1800: A Social History. Derek will focus on the 18th century merchants in the Minories, Wapping, Well Close Square and St George in the East. £10.00/£8.00
Thu 6 Sep 18:00-20:00 Stage 2 (Intermediate) Evening Skills Course
This course is designed for those who already have some experience of genealogical research and are familiar with the basic records, and will introduce students to many of the records and finding aids used to take research further. Both primary and secondary sources will be used as well as electronic media and the internet. In addition to a description of the records and their whereabouts, sources will be put into the context of their original purpose and the techniques required in their use in genealogical research. Some of the topics covered are: Trades and professions, records of the poor, Army, Navy and Merchant Navy records, criminal and court records and records of the 17th century. This course is also suitable for students wishing to take the IHGS examinations. Thursday evenings, 10 Weeks £150.00/£120.00. Some courses can also be booked individually, please contact the events department for further information.
Sat 8 Sep 10:30-13:00 My Ancestor was Scottish
We will look at Birth, Marriage and Death records in Scotland, and how to locate them, as well as church records, census and what is available on the internet.
A half-day course with Alan Stewart £17.50/£14.00
Sat 8 Sep 14:00-17:00 Victorian Law & Order
How could records of Victorian Law & Order help my researches - my ancestors never strayed from the 'straight & narrow'? We should remember that records of Victorian courts include not just criminals but also ordinary, law-abiding folk. There are records of juries, witnesses, licences for gamekeepers and peddlars, bastardy bonds and prison reports plus records from the High Courts & Chancery where families squabble over inheritances and property. Then there are the peace-keepers, the traditional parish constable and the later police officers to also consider. This half-day session looks at the key records of the main law courts, how to interpret them and where to find them incorporating case studies to illustrate research techniques. A half-day course with Liz Carter £17.50/£14.00
Wed 12 Sep 14:00-17:00 Family Historian Software for Beginners
This program has a number of innovative features and is geared for the British market. The course will give you an overview of the program.
A half-day course with John Hanson £17.50/£14.00
Wed 19 Sep 14:00-15:00 Poverty and Madness: Stories of Women from Stepney in the 19th Century
This lecture is based on a study of sixteen women from east London, each of whom was admitted to Middlesex County Lunatic Asylum Colney Hatch in the period 1877 to 1889. It draws on evidence from Charles Booths poverty survey, Poor Law Union and asylum records, to tell the stories of individual women. A one-hour lecture with Louise Taylor £6.00/£4.80
Fri 21 Sep 14:00-16:00 Walk: Cemeteries & Burial Grounds in Westminster
With Alec Tritton £10.00/£8.00
Sat 22 Sep 10:30-13:00 Marry 'em Off, Kill 'em Off: Researching a London Family 1640-1840 A lecture and discussion with John Titford on how to locate the correct family member, using a case study as an example. £17.50/£14.00
Sat 22 Sep 14:00-17:00 Tracing Scottish Ancestors at The National Archives
Holding records for Scotland from 1707, The National Archives holds documents on many of our Scottish ancestors. Find out how to go about finding them, and explore some of the treasures at The National Archives. A half-day course with Audrey Collins £17.50/£14.00
Mon-Fri, 24-28 Sep 10:30-17:00
Family History Research Getaway: Breaking Through the Brick Walls
Spend a week on your family history with the Society of Genealogists. The SoG is hosting its five day extensive genealogy programme in its Library in London. This intensive course will concentrate on using techniques and resources, at the SoG and elsewhere, to tackle genealogical conundrums and take your family history further. However, there will be plenty of opportunity to concentrate on your own research as use of the Societys genealogical library is included in the course and there will be opportunities for personal consultations with the tutors and members of the SoG expert help and advice team. The course will be led by Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists and members of the lectures and education team. £150.00, includes lunch
Sat 29 Sep 10:30-17:00 Society of Genealogists Family History Conference:
175 Years of Civil Registration
The recording of birth, marriage and death records by the government began 175 years ago and is a wonderful tool for the family researcher. We will look at how and why Civil Registration was set up, how it worked (or didnt) in the early years, who the registrars were and what their work involved, and how to best search the indexes, particularly online. £35.00/£28.00 Includes Lunch
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