Wednesday 17 October 2012

Forthcoming Society of Genealogists events

From the London based Society of Genealogists (

Listed below is further information about events at the Society of Genealogists to be held during the remainder of the year. To book a place, visit our website at or contact the events department, details at the bottom of this email.

Wed 31 Oct 10:30
Getting the Most From the Society of Genealogists
A one-hour lecture with Else Churchill, free but must be pre-booked

Sat 3 Nov 10:30-13:00
My Ancestor was a Leather Worker
Amongst our ancestors we will inevitably find family members who were working with leather – tanners, curriers, shoemakers, saddlers, leather bottle makers and bookbinders to mention a few. Some trades were highly skilled and others were performed by the labouring classes. The leather trade had its height in the mid 1800’s and this study session looks at the variety of records available and the conditions in which they worked. A half-day course with Ian Waller £17.50

Sat 3 Nov 14:00-17:00
Careers in Genealogy: The Road to AGRA and Running a Genealogical Practice
Are you thinking of doing Genealogical Research as a paid professional? If you read the classified ads in the many Family History Magazines, you will find there is no shortage of offers of research for a fee, but how do you know that you can trust your research, and money, to these people? Are they competent, running a business or just making a quick buck? There are many issues around actually running a Genealogical Practice. This Lecture will give you insight into what is really involved and how membership of AGRA (The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) is an advantage to professional Genealogy A half-day course with Ian Marson £17.50

Wed 21 Nov 14:00-17:00
Family Historian Software for Advanced Users
Family Historian is one of the UK's leading family history packages packed with features. This half day session will look at some of the advanced features in the program. It is designed for those that already have some knowledge of the program, but if you are having a problem then why not bring it along to be solved. A half-day course with John Hanson £17.50

Sat 24 Nov 14:00-17:00
Tracing Family History in Southbank & East Surrey
Family history research in London is perhaps one of the most challenging. The area south of the river Thames was in the ancient counties of Surrey and Kent, before the creation of the County of London in 1889. With its huge population growth during the 19th century, mainly from in-migration, its many industries and comprising several ancient parishes that multiplied many times during Victoria’s reign,’ transpontine London’, as it was referred to in the 1870s, has its own research problems as well as echoing those for other parts of the metropolis.
A half-day course with Paul Blake £17.50

Wed 28 Nov 14:00-15:00
Short cuts for Family Historians
A one-hour lecture with Michael Gandy £6.00

Sat 1 Dec 10:30-17:00
Palaeography for Beginners Workshop
You will learn to read and transcribe 16th and 17th century documents written in the Secretary Hand characteristic of the period. You will work with facsimiles of key documents for family and local historians such as wills. You will practise techniques to help you tackle any unfamiliar style of handwriting. You will learn how Secretary Hand came into being and why it was superseded. If the tutor has time, he will help you read your own difficult documents.
£30.00 (spaces limited)

(With thanks to Lori Weinstein)


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