Tying Down your Immigrant Ancestor - A One-hour Lecture on 26 July

Even when we know that people on our family tree came to Britain to live from other parts of the world, it can be difficult to establish the facts. Shipping records can be non-existent, a death at sea may not be recorded in any expected place, or a female ancestor may marry when she arrives in her new country. There are many challenges. In this one-hour talk, Michael Gandy offers advice on how to find your immigrant ancestors.

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Genealogy as a Career - Exploring what it takes to become a Professional - 22 July Course

Are you thinking of doing Genealogical Research as a paid professional? If you read the classified ads in the many Family History Magazines, you will find there is no shortage of offers of research for a fee, but how do you know that you can trust your research, and money, to these people? Are they competent, running a business or just making a quick buck? There are many issues around actually running a Genealogical Practice, including setting up, professional business methods, marketing, and working for Clients.

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Treasures Tuesday - Going to the Theatre in 1883


For many visitors to London part of the trip is going to the theatre, seeing a famous star, eating very tiny ice creams and buying a programme. In the SoG Special Collections we know someone who did just that on Thursday July 12th 1883. They kept their programme and we can look it 134 years later. 

For anyone who has ancestors that worked in the theatre in the 19th or 20th century, programmes give us a wonderful image of their lives. Just as they do today, programmes include lists of all the actors, all the stage hands, and sometimes all the orchestra. So your ancestor doesn’t have to be a famous star to be featured.

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