The Society of Genealogists 2018 Events Programme is now Available

 Our extensive 2018 Events programme is now available, with over 170 events

Listed below are just some of the events taking place at the Society of Genealogists in January. Please visit our website for further information about events taking place during the remainder of the year. For your convenience, a pdf of the full printed programme can also be downloaded.

The cover of our events programme commemorates the 100 year anniversary of women (over age 30) being given the right to vote and the work of the suffragettes. Several of our events highlight tracing our female ancestors and exlporing the lives they led.

A selection of our January events:

Saturday, 13 January 14:00-17:00 - Getting the Most from the Ancestry Website

In this very useful course, John Hanson aims to help you better understand the very large Ancestry website and how to best use Ancestry’s online finding tools.

A half-day course with John Hanson. Cost 20.00/16.00 SoG members


Wednesday, 17 January 14:00 - Getting the Most from the Society of Genealogists

Since 1911, when we were founded, we have been collecting family history documents, long before the arrival of local record offices. As the National Family History Centre we are the UK-wide repository for family history documents and records. So, we have items that you might not expect to find. Many documents are originals and some are beautiful to look at. Within our collections you can find marriage settlements, deeds, certificates, wills, photographs, newspaper clippings, probates, family coat of arms and letters. They give us a tremendous insight into what life was like for our ancestors. Where do you start? What do you choose to look at first? How do you find items and how long can you look? In this talk, Else Churchill aims to explain what's available and where to look.

A one-hour lecture with Else Churchill. Free of charge but you must book your seat.


Saturday, 20 January 10:30-13:00 - Tracing your Huguenot Ancestors

Five hundred years ago in Wittenberg in 1517 Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings. The consequences of his dissent set off shock waves throughout Europe. France initially was highly receptive to the theology of Jean Calvin, a far more fundamentalist reformer than Luther. Confrontations between the Huguenots, as French Protestants were called, and their loyally Catholic monarchs led to wars and persecution. Over 200 years, an estimated 50,000 Huguenots came to Britain and they have left descendants at all levels of society. In this course Kathy Chater looks at the Huguenots in Britain including how to establish descent from these refugees and how to take research further back to France.

A half-day course with Kathy Chater. Cost 20.00/16.00 SoG members


Saturday, 20 January 14:00-17:00 - Researching Your Midland Ancestors: Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire

Birmingham’s central location and economic prosperity have attracted people from across the Midlands and beyond. Local researcher Mike Sharpe provides an introduction to researching in the three historic counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. He presents a brief economic and social history of each county and shows how local factors influenced our ancestors’ occupations, movements and way of life. Mike also explains the key county and metropolitan archives and sources for research in the Midlands. Sources covered include parish registers, wills and legal records, as well as the archives of local government, employers, institutions, societies and schools.

A half-day course with Mike Sharpe. Cost 20.00/16.00 SoG members


Saturday, 27 January 10:30-13:00 - DNA for Beginners

This course is aimed at beginners. Debbie Kennett explains the three different types of DNA tests that can be used as an aid to family history research: Y-DNA testing; mitochondrial DNA testing; autosomal DNA testing. Debbie also discusses how DNA testing applies to family history research.

A half-day course with Debbie Kennett. Cost 20.00/16.00 SoG members


Wednesday, 31 January 14:00 - Tithes and Taxes

Paying tithes and taxes probably didn’t please our ancestors. But the records give us a valuable and under-used resource that helps us to find out so much more about their lives. Michael Gandy explains how to access the records and how to use them.

A one-hour lecture with Michael Gandy, FSG. Cost 8.00/6.40 SoG members


Bookings can be made through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (during open hours Tuesday-Thurday & Saturdays). Do you have a question? email the events department. Non-members are welcome to attend at the full price, where space is available. All events take place at our society premises unless noted otherwise.


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