Sunday, 22 September 2013

Society of Genealogists - forthcoming events in London

The following Events will take place at the Society of Genealogists in October. To book a place online, visit the society's website at: or by telephone at 020 7553 3290

Wed 2 Oct 14:00
Tracing French Ancestry
Research family history in France can be tricky as there are no national indexes. A lot are now accessible on the internet. So if you know the exact town or village in France where an ancestor is from, then this course is for you. We will discuss how to find records in civil registration and parish registers.
A one-hour lecture with Sophie Pigott, price 6.00

Sat 5 Oct 14:00-17:00
Heraldry: Its Language, Grants and Inheritance of Arms
A half-day course with Dr Geoff Swinfield, price 17.50

Wed 9 Oct 14:00
Charities and their Records at The National Archives for Family Historians
Discover the records held by The National Archives relating to charities, and their use for the family historian. Charities have been operating in many forms for nearly 800 years. They were at their most important in Victorian England where in some places they rivalled the poor law in providing for the unfortunate. This lecture will explore the history of charities and the records you can use to research ancestors who either sought their aid or who helped to run them.
A one-hour lecture with Simon Fowler (note- lecture held at SoG premises) price 6.00

Sat 12 Oct 10:30-17:00
Family Historian Software for Beginners and Refreshers
An overview of this popular and useful software, bring your questions along! Suitable for Beginners & Refreshers
John Hanson, price 30.00

Wed 16 Oct 14:00
My Ancestor Was a Hatmaker
Hat making is a diversified industry centred in specific areas of the country. This session examines the work of the hat maker, milliner and also looks a tthe economic aspects of the trade examining it rise and fall as well as giving clues about how to identify an ancestor who worked in the industry and where to find the records. Did you know, for example that a "blocker" worked in the hat trade?
A one-hour lecture with Ian Waller, price 6.00

Sat 19 Oct 10:30-13:00
Marriage and Courtship in the 1800's
Marriage and Courtship have changed over the centuries and, in many ways the process of Victorian marriage bears little resemblance to that of today. In this talk we look at the way in which young people met, arranged their betrothal and finally married; how ‘hiring fairs’ played a major part in the lives of those seeking marriage partners and the way in which an ‘engagement’ was announced to the couple’s friends, workmates and family. The hazardous (and expensive) calling of the Banns is explained and the tradition of ‘Marriage over the Brush’ examined.
A half-day course with Tom Doig, price 17.50

Wed 23 Oct 10:30
Getting the Most From the Library Catalogue (SOGCAT)
Learn how to get the best from the Society’s library catalogue.
A one-hour lecture with Tim Lawrence Free of charge, but must be pre-booked

Wed 23 Oct 12:30
Scotlands Places Website
The ScotlandsPlaces website allows users to search across parts of the combined collections of the National Records of Scotland; the National Library of Scotland, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments for Scotland. Since launching in 2009, resources such as maps, plans and photographic images have been supplemented by hundreds of volumes of digitised archive material comprising historical tax records and ordnance survey name books amongst others. In addition to learning about the website, you can find out about volunteering opportunities which can be done from home, with free access. Ask about the workshop training taking place at SoG on 24 October (you must bring a laptop).
A one-hour lecture with Andrew Nicoll, Free of charge, but must be pre-booked

Wed 30 Oct 14:00
Tracing your Quaker Ancestors
A one-hour lecture with Michael Gandy, price 6.00

(With thanks to Lori Weinstein)


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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