Keeping Calm and Carrying On
While the library is, of course, currently closed to Members and visitors there is much that our Members can do to interact with the Society and each other. Our online collections are available and our staff and volunteers are still working at home behind the schemes to keep the online show on the road. You can keep in touch with the SoG as follows:
The Members’ Online Community Hub
This is an online forum for Members in the exclusive Members’ area of the website. It allows for themed, threaded conversations and provides an opportunity for members to ask questions, help each other and to discuss genealogical matters. It is administered by the SoG IT support and volunteers. Unlike the old SoG Rootsweb list this is available only to current SoG Members and remains private. The Community Hub has conversation threads where enquiries can be made about general genealogical questions and specific questions about sources. However, like the Rootsweb list it is a platform for Members to talk to each other and is not the formal means to communicate with staff or Trustee board members. You will find the hub when you log into the members area of the website and we have some guidance on using the hub on our website here
The Genealogists Magazine
The GM (as we call it) will continue to be published quarterly with articles and space for letters and questions and is made available to all new members as an online colour PDF or to existing members as a paper copy if we can. Members can use their online profile in the Members' area of the website to request a PDF rather than paper copy if required. (Given the costs of postage this will be much appreciated if Members elect to receive the PDF). At the moment, while the library is closed you can send letters and enquiries to the editor by email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be passed on the editor.
The e-newlsletter will continue to be available for Members and non-members and is disseminated via an email at the end of each month. This reports news from and about the SoG, our events, publication and news from the genealogical community. If anyone has news or information they wish to submit to the newsletter they should email email@example.com and this will be passed on the editor. Anyone can subscribe to the free e-newsletter via the website.
The Society’s Website
The website has an open public news section which also reports news from and about the SoG, our library, events and publications and news from the genealogical community. This is the most current and immediate means of communication and it is here that we will also report, for example, power cuts or closures.
Regular direct emails from the SoG are sent to those members and non-members who sign up to receive news about SoG publications, SoG data online, publication of the Genealogists’ Magazine and e-newsletters and SoG events. Subscription to these emails can be controlled via the account profile created when you sign on the SoG website.
General Enquiries etc
General queries and questions, genealogical enquiries, library searches, press enquiries and other matters can be directed by 'phone or email to the appropriate SoG department such as the library, membership or genealogist. Unfortunately, hard copy and library searches cannot be carried out until our staff are able to get back into the library. Emails addresses are found in the contact page of the website and temporary direct mobile phone numbers to call our staff can be found on our website here
The Society is active on Social Media. News and events which are mentioned on the news page of the SoG website will also be reported on Twitter and Facebook and information about our genealogy events can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. Look out for some live videos on our Facebook page.
Tutorials and Talks
Collection Tutorials and Recorded Talks. In the coming days we will be adding more recorded material to the member's learning zone and we’ll be focussing our web blog and news pages on the treasures of our library on how to the best from the SoG’s digital collections that are made available exclusively for our members.