How I Started Researching My Family History – 7 people tell all

Here at the Society of Genealogists, we’re dedicated to helping people find their ancestors and build their family trees. We find it a real pleasure to get them started on their search. As part of this, some of our workshops and talks are aimed specifically at those new to family history, like our upcoming course, Getting Started: Family History for Beginners on Saturday 23 June.

As I was reading the outline for this half-day course, I thought back to my own first steps in genealogy. Then I wondered how the staff and volunteers at the SoG had got started. Why did they begin? Did they find it really easy? Would a ‘getting started’ course have helped? So I launched a totally unscientific survey of some of our volunteers, members and staff...

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My Ancestor Came from Northamptonshire - A Half-day Course on 23 June

In this course, Dr Colin Chapman introduces the sources available in Northamptonshire, the SoG Library and elsewhere, that you can use to discover more about the lives of ancestors who came from Northamptonshire. He includes examples of religious and civil organisations that have existed in the County, and the numerous records created that are full of data on ancestors...

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Careers in Genealogy: Want to be a Professional? A One-hour Lecture on 13 June

Many family historians would love to turn their rewarding hobby into an equally rewarding  business.  Antony Marr, chair of the AGRA Board of Assessors, will talk about how to make that a reality. The session will cover establishing yourself as a business, possible qualifications to achieve,  joining professional bodies and accreditation, costs, charges, business plans and the numerous other things to consider...

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