Stage 1 Evening Skills Course (20 April – 13 July)

Join us at the Society of Genealogists’ popular evening course 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.

• Stage 2 covers the records and techniques that professional genealogists use to take their research further

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

Thursday evenings, 6 to 8 pm, for 13 weeks, from 20th April to 13th July, 2017 at the Society of Genealogists in central London. 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

• 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.


Getting Started

Family sources and assessing evidence

Civil Registration records of births, marriages and deaths

Victorian and Edwardian census returns

The Armed Forces and Merchant Navy in the 20th Century

Probate records

First steps at The National Archives Kew

Newspapers, directories and voting records

Parish registers

Non-Anglican family History

The British Overseas

Name-rich sources in the 18th century

Intestacy, Probate and Tracing missing persons

With tutors: Else Churchill, John Hanson, Antony Marr, Alec Tritton and Simon Fowler

Cost: £225.00/£180.00 SoG members. Places should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290. Do you have a question? email the events department.

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