Society of Genealogists 2016 Events Programme

The Society is pleased to announce the release of our new 2016 Events programme, with a wide range of lectures, courses, walks and visits. Events are now online and bookable, and pdf file of our printed programme is also available.

If booking online, SoG members should remember to log in first, in order to receive the member discount. Non-members are welcome to attend events, at the full price. Events can also be booked by telephone (Tuesday-Thursday & Saturdays), at the number listed below. All events take place at our premises in London, unless otherwise noted. 

Please watch our website for upcoming details on a variety of online talks to take place later in 2016.

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Marriage licences at the Society of Genealogists

Marriages were carried out either by the reading of Banns or by issue of a Licence.  There were many reasons for using a Licence – need for a quick marriage (pregnancy, leaving for military duty), need for consent of parents, non-conformists not wishing to visit the CoE church for three weeks while the banns were read, wanting to get married around Easter (no banns were read during Lent) or  to demonstrate their status in society.  If the parish register entry or certificate states the marriage was by licence, it is worth finding the details of the marriage licence as it will often contain additional information over and above the marriage entry.

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