Friday, 11 April 2014

Society of Genealogists - special events

From the Society of Genealogists ( in London, news of two special forthcoming events:

Monday 28 April, 11am - Getting the most from FindmyPast New Search

Like many home subscribers, the computers at the Society of Genealogists have just switched to the new style findmypast website. As the changes are quite significant the Society has arranged some special training in using the new style search functions etc. Paul Nixon, UK Data Strategy with DC Thompson Family History has agreed to come to the Society to make a training presentation and explain how it all works now.

Paul tells us “The new look fmp is very different from the old version but once you get used to it, I’m sure you will find the search facility a good deal more powerful than the old version”

So here’s the opportunity to check it out with the expert. This training will last approximately 1-1.5 hours (please note the society is closed to research this day, as normal).

Spaces are limited so this free special event is limited to staff, volunteers and members, tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please book through the events pages of the Society’s website

12-16 May 10:30-17:00 Family History Getaway: Breaking Further through Brick Walls

Spend another week on your family history with the Society of Genealogists. The Society of Genealogists is hosting a follow-up to its very successful five day extensive genealogy programme in its Library in London. Attendees on this intensive course are expected EITHER to have attended the first Getaway held last August OR to have a good and practical knowledge of genealogical research using online databases, indexes and finding aids back into the early 1800s.

This course will concentrate on researching before 1837 and focuses 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 Society’s extensive genealogical library is included in the course and there will be opportunities for personal consultations with the tutors and members of the Sog’s 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. A full programme of the week can be viewed here.

A week-long intensive course, includes a sandwich lunch. Must be pre-booked, cost 220.00/176.00 SoG members. Payment can be made on our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290.

(With thanks to Lori Weinstein)


Time to find your inner Irish...! All the best online Irish genealogy resources can be found through my book Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet - in print and ebook formats. "Very useful, makes me wish I was Irish!" - Saint Patrick, patron saint.

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