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We are pleased to announce that the Society of Genealogists’ Library is opening to SoG members only on Tuesday 4th August with staggered sessions opening from 11am-4pm and 11.30-4pm

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Medical Provision for the Poor pre-1834 - a one-hour live online talk on 30 September

Before 1834 there was no explicit legal requirement for parish overseers to provide medical relief but even by the 18th century most parishes were doing so. Sickness relief began to swallow up a sizeable chunk of Poor Law resources. So parishes considered medical relief to be cost effective. The sooner the poor could be cured and restored to independence the better.

In this one-hour talk Dr Judy Hill looks at the parishes that gave medical relief to the aged and the chronically sick, the help that was given and how doctors dealt with the parish poor...

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Directories for Genealogists 1677-1977 - A Live one-hour online talk on 23 September

Directories for Genealogists 1677-1977 - Online and Archive Sources at SoG and Elsewhere

Published as lists of merchants and tradesmen from the 17th century, trade and other directories become increasingly useful for genealogists and local and house historians throughout the 18th and 19th century and become more comprehensive into the 20th century. As more are published online and become searchable by name these name rich lists can add colour  to your family history and provide evidence of where your ancestors lived and what they did in their lives...

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