Monday, 24 March 2014

Forthcoming Society of Genealogists events in London (April)

From the Society of Genealogists (

The following Society of Genealogists Events will take place in April. To book a place online, visit our website at:

You can also book by telephone, at the number listed below.

Wed 2 Apr 14:00
A Brief Introduction to Rootsmagic Software

This talk will give you a brief introduction to the latest version of RootsMagic. During the talk Charlie will highlight which new features have been introduced since earlier versions for the benefit of anyone thinking about upgrading.

A one-hour lecture with Charlie Mead Cost 8.00

Sat 5 Apr 14:00-17:00
My Ancestor Came from Birmingham

Do you have ancestors in Birmingham? In this course, we will look at family history resources and useful collections available for researching family in the Birmingham area, including online sources of interest.

A half-day course with Doreen Hopwood Cost 20.00

Wed 9 Apr 14:00
Researching a Single Surname

Have you considered organising the names you acquired in your family history research into a one-name study project? Clearly the more unusual names are easier as there are fewer leads to follow (ie Rudd would be fine but Smith impossible unless you restrict it to a small area or county). Learn more about why and how you can further your research on one surname.

A one-hour lecture with Derek Palgrave Cost 8.00

Thu 10 Apr 14:00-15:30
Visit: Dr Williams's Library

Dr Williams's Library is the pre-eminent research library of English Protestant nonconformity. Established under the will of Dr Daniel Williams, the Library is one of the oldest open to the public still conducted on its original benefaction. The Library serves a very wide readership, not only ministers and lay people of all denominations and faiths, but academics, independent scholars, family historians and research students. Our group will meet at Dr Williams's Library, for a tour of the building and a talk by the archivist, Fiona Turnbull, on Nonconformist records. The library will be open for research until 6:30 this day Cost 10.00

Sat 12 Apr 10:30-17:00
Family Historian Software for Beginners & Refreshers

An overview of this popular and useful software, bring your questions along! Suitable for Beginners & Refreshers

A full-day course with John Hanson Cost 35.00

Sat 26 Apr 10:30-13:00
Getting the Best from Free Genealogy Websites

No one likes to pay for information unless they have to and whilst there is an increasing trend towards more information going into pay per view sites there is also lots that is still around for free - if only you know where and how to look. This course looks at some of the Internet sites that enable you to find information for free and points out some of the limitations of not paying.

A half-day course with John Hanson Cost 20.00

Sat 26 Apr 14:00-17:00
Tracing your Ancestors through Death Records

Of all the sources that family historians use, death records are among the most enlightening for the researcher and frequently bring our ancestors to life to a far greater extent than any other records. They often reveal personal information that is just not to be found elsewhere and which will help you see your ancestor in a much more accurate light. Finding an ancestor’s death is crucial in another way too - an awful lot could have happened to him in between the time you last found him on a census return or baptizing his last child and the day he died – without the death record you only know half his story! Yet these sources are surprisingly underused by many researchers. We will look in detail at all types of death records, from the familiar to the less well known and not only how to get the most from them but how to use them as springboards to discovering other sources too. We will also consider the causes of death given on death certificates and how to interpret them, discover why death records can be hard to trace, and what you can do to locate those that just don’t seem to be there.

A half-day course with Celia Heritage Cost 20.00

Wed 30 Apr 14:00
Records of the Goldsmiths Company

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. The librarian will discuss the company’s library collections, which include over 8,000 books and is also responsible for the Company’s archives, which date back to the 14th century.

A one-hour lecture with David Beasley Cost 8.00

(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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