Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Society of Genealogists Open Day and forthcoming events

From the Society of Genealogists (www.sog.org.uk)

We’re pleased to announce the Society of Genealogists Open Day will take place this Saturday, 23 March. Our programme of Free events will run as follows:

11:00 Family History for Beginners (one-hour talk with Sue Gibbons)
12:30 Treasures of the Society of Genealogists (one-hour talk with Sue Gibbons)
15:00 Finding Birth, Marriage & Death Records (one-hour talk with Michael Gandy)
Available Library Tours at 12:30 and 16:15

Places are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited. To book a place on one of our free open day events, or any of the April events listed below, please visit our website at www.sog.org.uk/shop

Select the events tab and events are now searchable by topic, event type and date. You can also book by telephone, number listed below.

Sat 6 Apr 10:30-13:00
Using Record Offices, the Internet and Online Databases
Successfully Learn how to best find and use resources online and in local record offices
A half-day course with Simon Fowler cost 17.50

Mon-Fri, 8-12 Apr 10:30-17:00
Family History Getaway: Breaking Further Through Brick Walls (Part 2)
Spend another week on your family history with the Society of Genealogists. The SoG is hosting a follow-up to its very successful five day extensive genealogy programme in its Library in London. Attendees on this course are expected EITHER to have attended the first Getaway held last September OR to have a good and practical knowledge of genealogical research using online databases, indexes and finding aids back into the early 1800s. This intensive 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 Slog’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.
The course will be led by Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists and members of the lectures and education team. Cost 198.00 includes lunch

Sat 13 Apr 14:00-17:00
Tracing Ancestors from Europe - From Beyond the Danube
The course will be of interest to those researching ancestry of families thought to have Polish, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech or Ruthenian/Ukrainian ethnicity. The focus will be on how research in Eastern Europe differs from family history in the UK, remote access to secular and religious sources and databases, practical advice and experience of visiting and searching in local archives (including Vienna) and migration (by choice and obligatory). There will be emphasis throughout on the importance of addressing these topics in their local historical context (please note the course content will not specifically cover research into tracing victims and survivors of the WWII holocaust). Bring along your own specific family history research queries for discussion.
A half-day workshop with Hugh & Sandra Guilford cost 17.50

Wed 17 Apr 14:00
London Parish Registers
Were your ancestors from London? Learn where the various parish registers were kept and how to access them.
A one-hour lecture with Geoff Swinfield cost 6.00

Wed 24 Apr 14:00
Little Italy: The Story of London's Italian Quarter
In the 19th century there grew to be such a concentration of Italians in one part of London that the area became known as "Little Italy". Based on his book of the same name, Tudor Allen will talk about the fascinating story of the Italian quarter in Holborn from the time of the first Italian settlers up to the last days of the community in the late 20th century.
A one-hour lecture with Tudor Allen cost 6.00

Sat 27 Apr 10:30-13:00
Making Contact: Surnames & Pedigrees Online & at the Society of Genealogists
A half-day course with Else Churchill & Peter Christian cost 17.50

Sat 27 Apr 14:00-17:00
Good Research Techniques
This course will take an in-depth look at the best ways to research in order to avoid making mistakes as well as how to get the most out of the records you use. We will also look at the likely causes of brick walls you may meet during the course of your research and the best way to tackle them. Sources covered include BMDs, census and parish records.
A half-day course with Celia Heritage cost 17.50

Note that non-members of our society are welcome to attend any event, but society members receive a 20% discount on lectures and courses.

(With thanks to Lori Weinstein)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. For my other genealogy books, please visit  http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.

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