Thursday, 18 February 2016

Society of Genealogists events in March

From the Society of Genealogists in London (

There are still spaces on the following Society of Genealogists events taking place in March, further information about each event is listed below. All events with a charge must be pre-paid. To pay and book online, SoG members should remember to log in first, in order to receive the member discount. Non-members are welcome to attend events, at the full price. Events can also be booked by telephone (Tuesday-Thursdays & Saturdays) at the number listed below. All events take place at our premises in London, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, 2 March 12:00 - Surname Searching: Society of Genealogists Pedigrees Offline
With so many people tracing their family history it’s quite possible something may already have been published on the family you are interested in or a cousin may also be working on the line. Find out if anyone else is or has been researching the same family as you by looking at useful archive sources at the SoG.
A 30 minute lecture with Else Churchill, Free of charge, but must be pre-booked.

Wednesday, 2 March 14:00 - What's New at Findmypast
This talk will give an overview of the recent addition of family history databases at the findmypast website, including the best way to search the website.
A one-hour lecture with Myko Clelland Free of charge, but must be pre-booked.

Saturday, 5 March 10:30-13:00 Tracing Living Relatives
Do you want to find living relatives? Why would this be important in your research? Not know how to set about it? What sources, websites and research techniques will help you to track them down? Illustrated with a case study, this talk will give you lots of ideas and many of the answers.
A half-day course with Dr Geoff Swinfield, FSG Cost 20.00/16.00

Wednesday 9 March 14:00 - My Ancestor Made Hats
Where did you get that hat? Where did you get that tile?
Until the advent of the motor-car, no-one was ‘properly dressed’ without their hat be it topper, flat cap, wideawake or bowler and many of our ancestors were responsible for making those hats.
This one-hour lecture explores the history of the manufacture of hats from felt, the silk top hat, straw hats from Luton and Bedfordshire to the hatting town of Stockport - as well as fashionable confections produced by milliners.
A one-hour lecture with Adele Emm Cost 8.00/6.40

Saturday, 12 March 10:30-13:00 - Education Records for Family Historians
Schools, universities, reformatories and adult academies were provided by the State, charities, endowments, religious bodies and individuals. The surviving records of student admissions and attendances, honours, awards and punishments, teachers’ log books, managers’ and governors’ meetings are valuable sources for genealogists. In this lecture Dr Colin R Chapman describes the background to a variety of educational establishments in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from the 16th to the 20th centuries and the current whereabouts of their records.
A half-day course with Dr Colin Chapman, FSG Cost 20.00/16.00

Wednesday, 16 March 12:00 - Records of the Great Courts of Chancery and Exchequer
Chancery and Exchequer records start from after the Civil War, after the minor courts they replaced closed in 1641. The lecturer will discuss how to best use these records as a family history source.
A one-hour lecture with Michael Gandy, FSG Cost 8.00/6.40

Wednesday, 16 March 14:00 - The Letter of the Law: Legislation for Family Historians
The records which we use to research our family history are largely the result of a variety of Acts of Parliament. A good understanding of the legislation behind the census returns, parish registers and civil registration records (and many more) can make an enormous difference when it comes to interpreting the information left behind by our ancestors. This talk will look at the major pieces of legislation from Thomas Cromwell’s ‘order’ which established the parish register system in 1538, through the various Census Acts and the ground-breaking 1836 Act for the registering of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England to investigate how the legislation can impact on your research.
A one-hour lecture with Dave Annal Cost 8.00/6.40

Wednesday, 30 March 14:00 - Marriage in Wales in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Legal, Clandestine or Informal
Anna Brueton's Ph.D. research concerned courtship, marriage and illegitimacy in West Wales. In this talk she considers whether the widespread belief that 'Marriage ceremonies ... were frequently informal, clandestine or irregular' has any basis, using her own work and recent research into marriage in England.
A one-hour lecture with Dr Anna Brueton Cost 8.00/6.40

Thursday-Saturday, 7-9 April - Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Show - NEC Birmingham
Show tickets to the country’s largest and most comprehensive family history
Event are now on sale. You can purchase two adult tickets for £26*. To claim this exclusive offer and purchase tickets visit or call 0844 873 7330. Please quote: SOG2426.
* £2.25 transaction fee applies. Offer ends 1 April 2016.

(With thanks to Lori Weinstein)


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