Society of Genealogists Newsletter – July 2018

The Society’s July 2018 newsletter is available now at:

In this issue – read all the latest tips on surname research from our recent course, and look ahead to our half-day course on parish records. This month we feature not just one discounted book, but an entire series of them, alongside how to make the most of searching in parish registers. Lots going on in Library News for July, with details of our new holdings, and our librarian responds to donation queries. Along with our regular roundup, tips and competition, we have details of recent exhibitions in London archives.

  • Society News.
  • Discounted books: The National Index Parish Registers, Cliff Webb FSG (series ed.)
  • Highlighted Event.
  • Library News.
  • Genealogy
  • Top 5 Tips: on searching parish registers.
  • Competition for July.

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Records of Children Back to the 1600s - Christ’s Hospital School

Benjamin Nicolas was six years old when his father died in 1721. Benjamin’s family struggled after that. But two years later, Benjamin was admitted to the Christ’s Hospital School. What an opportunity! Now he could be clothed, fed and educated, with a gift from Mr John West of £119. Benjamin was obviously unimpressed. Four years later the school discharged him ‘sent Home to his Freinds (sic) for having runaway 7 several times’. 

Richard Dracott did better at the Christ’s Hospital School. He was admitted in 1728 from Newbury, Berkshire with a gift from Mr John West of £180. Richard left the School in 1735. By then 15 years old, he set sail for Jamaica to serve a London merchant called Florentine Vassall for six years.

How does the SoG have these details?

We hold a small set of 130 cards that record Christ’s Hospital School accepting poor children...

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