Newspapers for Family History - a half-day course on 22 August

We will look at using newspapers for family history research, including The London, Belfast and Edinburgh Gazette. There is a wealth of information contained in newspapers and in the official Government Gazettes. This course examines the value of such publications particularly in regard to awards, promotions, bankruptcy,  etc., found in the Gazettes. We'll also look in depth at the new Newsroom at the British Library and the value of on-line newspapers not just form this country but worldwide.

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Family History Getaway:Genealogy in the 21st Century - A week-long intensive course 7-11 September

Spend a week on your family history with the Society of Genealogists. The SoG is hosting a five day intensive genealogy programme in its library in London. Family history research is constantly changing, the most obvious being the technological advances in computers, hand-held devices and software updates. 

Family history research has come a long way since the days of paper stuffed into cabinets and binders. Record-keeping is easier and faster than ever before, allowing us to spend less time organising our records and more time doing research. Leading experts will familiarise you with developments in the genealogy community as well as help you to learn more about changes on major family history websites; data storage; keeping email and data secure; updates on genealogy software and much more. There will be time each day to concentrate on your own research as use of the Society's extensive genealogical library is included in the course.

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London’s Sailortown in the 18th century: Social History of Shadwell and Ratcliff - Lecture on 12 Aug

By 1800 London had spawned along its riverside east of the Tower one of the world’s great industrial complexes. It built and furnished ships and equipped the men who sailed them to every known and unknown quarter of the earth. The river’s north bank in particular was London’s Sailortown, a straggling bustling district quite different from any other part of the capital, yet known the world over by seafaring men. For long it was a district buried in obscurity and clouded by myth. But in recent years this part of the East End during its formative period has been expertly recovered for us in a revelatory multi-volume survey. It has previously explored the parishes of Mile End Old Town, Whitechapel, and Wapping, and now completes the riverside with Shadwell and the hamlet of Ratcliff.

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