SoG Evening Skills Courses - for Beginners and the more Advanced

Join us at the Society of Genealogists’ popular 13-week Thursday evening courses to develop your family history skills.

Wanting to know about our own family’s history is a very natural feeling. Understanding what shaped our ancestors’ lives makes history come alive and helps us see our place in it. Most of us enjoy meeting and learning from expert genealogists and we find others’ ancestry almost as fascinating as our own. The Society of Genealogists offer Family History Skills for anyone that is interested in genealogy and wants to explore their family history. In a carefully, well rounded curriculum, our Tutors introduce the records that count and help you use them effectively.

The Family History Skills course has two stages:
• Stage 1 covers fundamental records, search techniques and standards (30 April - 23 July)
• Stage 2 covers the records and techniques that professional genealogists use to take their research further. (10 September - 3 December )

Evening classes can be a great way to study genealogy. Away from all the other pressures of life for two hours, you can focus on how to find your ancestors and flesh out your family’s history. You’ll spend time with other people in the class that share your interests and are as keen as you are to learn new skills. 

What you will learn...

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The Society’s visit to the Lancashire Archives take place on 2 April 2020

Do you have Lancashire ancestors? Here is your chance to spend a day at the Lancashire Archives in Preston.

Enjoy a talk looking at the history and work of the Lancashire Archives and introducing you to the many and wonderful collections. Then join a tour showing you the public search room and giving you a chance to look behind the scenes inside one of the strong rooms.

Our tour guide shows some of the archive treasures, including an illuminated Book of Hours from the mid 1400s. Then after learning your way around, you are then free to undertake your own personal research in the archive.


Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE...

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Searching for Your Alien Ancestors - A One-hour Talk on 11 March 2020

If you are based in the UK, it can be quite challenging to search for your ancestors in other countries.

In this talk, Robert Parker aims to help you get your head around the key tips and techniques for successful research and start locating your ancestors abroad. He covers:

- Where to start your research;

- How the recent history of many European countries makes for challenging research;

- Records that may not be written in English;

- What to do if you don’t know which part of a country your ancestors came from...

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