Treasures Tuesday - Going to the Theatre in 1883


For many visitors to London part of the trip is going to the theatre, seeing a famous star, eating very tiny ice creams and buying a programme. In the SoG Special Collections we know someone who did just that on Thursday July 12th 1883. They kept their programme and we can look it 134 years later. 

For anyone who has ancestors that worked in the theatre in the 19th or 20th century, programmes give us a wonderful image of their lives. Just as they do today, programmes include lists of all the actors, all the stage hands, and sometimes all the orchestra. So your ancestor doesn’t have to be a famous star to be featured.

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Treasures Tuesday – Discover the Treasures of the Society of Genealogists’ Library

The Society of Genealogists is pleased to highlight some of the many interesting and unique collections within the Society’s Library. Some of these collections first appeared on our website several years ago and we thought you would find them of interest, along with manynew  upcoming Treasures news. Look out for future updates in the Treasures Tuesday, which will explain what’s in the family history collections and how to use them. 

The first of our Treasures is Clues from an Irish Receipt for Leases Book from 1799:

For those of us with only a sketchy understanding of Irish history, the family history documents left in the SoG’s care offer a fascinating glimpse into a different world. Of course, for those of us tracing people on Irish branches of our family trees, those same documents can place our ancestors in a place, in a time, and in a context.

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