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 )


Who should attend the Stage 1 series of  classes?
There are no specific requirements or special knowledge needed for you to attend Stage 1. The classes are ideal for people wanting to be better at building their family tree and for anyone thinking about becoming a genealogist. You can expect an entertaining and enjoyable experience.


• No experience at all but want to get started? Stage 1 introduces all the basic records and teaches you how to use them.
• Some success in tracing your family but want to be better? These classes move you forward. Learn about a range of records that are available and, more importantly, learn the best ways to use them.
• Considering becoming a professional genealogist? These classes are an excellent way to build on your knowledge. Learn the standards required of genealogists and the essential techniques for searching and analysis.

Time and place
Every Thursday evening, 6 to 8 pm, for 13 weeks, from 30 April to 23 July 2020 at the Society of Genealogists in central London.


What you will learn
• Know what records are available, from basic records to papers, probates, and the armed forces;
• Learn how to research records;
• Understand where to find records, online, in archives and at The National Archives;
• Learn about the context behind sources of information so that you understand their original purpose;
• Learn the techniques that genealogists use to properly assess evidence;
• Learn how to lay out a basic pedigree and understand the research standards expected

Stage 2 is available to students who have completed the Stage 1 course or are already  further along in their research, having a good basic knowledge of family history research skills. Further information on both Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses, including a complete programme can be found on our website.

Cost £225.00/£180.00 SoG members. Both courses should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat). If you are a SoG member, be sure to login to the website first in order to receive your substantial member's discount. Do you have a question? email the events department.

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