Friday, 26 April 2013

Society of Genealogists May courses

There is still space on the following Events which will take place at the Society of Genealogists in May. To book a place, visit our website at: and proceed to the Books & Courses section. You can also book by telephone, at the number listed below.

1 May 14:00 Whitechapel 1600-1800
Based on the lecturer’s book, Whitechapel 1600-1800: a Social History, this is a very useful and interesting talk for anyone who had ancestors living in this area of East London.
A one-hour lecture with Derek Morris price 6.00

4 May 10:30-13:00 Publishing to the Kindle for the Busy Genealogist
You don’t just have to be a consumer of Kindle content, you can publish your own material too, and you don’t have to be a best-selling author to do it! This practical tutorial looks at the process of publishing your own content to the Kindle, the various ways you can do so and the benefits you might enjoy as a result. It also describes the other types of material available with reference to examples of interest to the busy genealogist.
A half-day course with Geoff Young price 17.50

4 May 1400-17:00 DNA Tests & Heredity for Family Historians
This half-day course will look at many aspects of genetics which are applicable to the study of family history. It is suitable for those who have no prior knowledge of the subject. This course will introduce the inheritance of genetic factors. It will explain how these produce physical features and hereditary diseases which can be traced through our pedigrees. We will also consider how the inheritance of genetic material and its changes or mutations can provide tests for genealogists to identify the population, family or even an individual from whom they descend. It will show how DNA tests are chosen and performed and illustrate with case studies what they can and can’t tell us.
With Dr Geoff Swinfield price 17.50

8 May 14:00 What's New at Familysearch
The website is the largest family history website in the world, with billions of names across hundreds of collections - and more are added monthly. The website this past week has undergone major enhancements. Learn what new major databases have been added, how to find this information, and how to best use the new site.
A one-hour lecture with Sharon Hintze, of the London Family History Centre price 6.00

11 May 10:30-17:00 Family Historian Software Package Explained - for Beginners & Refreshers An overview of this popular and useful software, bring your questions along!
A full-day course John Hanson price 30.00

15 May 14:00 Using the Findmypast Website
Learn how to best use this popular website and access both the many unique and comprehensive records useful to the family historian.
A one-hour lecture with Debra Chatfield price 6.00

18 May 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 course by the author of the Societys popular book of the same title.
A half-day course with Alan Stewart price17.50

18 May 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 price 17.50

23 May 18:00-20:00 Stage 2 Evening Skills Course
This stage is designed for those who already have some experience of genealogical research and are familiar with the basic records (General Registration, the censuses, directories, parish registers and bishops transcripts and wills). The course will introduce students to many of the records and finding aids used to take research further. 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.
Thursday evenings for 10 weeks, concludes 25 July price150.00

The classes on this course can be booked individually as long as you have some good basic knowledge of family history research, (price 20.00). Please contact the events department for further details.

(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; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.

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