This summer has proved bountiful for fans of all kinds of sports. From the Euros to the cricket test matches, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Tour de France, and, of course, the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August, there is plenty to enjoy.
If the action on the pitch has piqued your interest, you may wish to investigate the lives of well-known sports players or your own sporting ancestors.
Each month, we’ll be using this space to highlight notable members of the Society of Genealogists. We begin the series with one of the most well-known names among the Society’s shelves.
Percival Boyd was born on 29 June 1868 in Clapton Square in north east London to Thomas Boyd, a draper, and his wife, Sarah. Boyd followed in his father’s footsteps to become a textile warehouseman.
As we move past Midsummer, genealogists’ thoughts may turn to the summer lives of our ancestors. We know where most of our British ancestors were on the night of 6 June 1841, thanks to the census of that date.
Those of us with ag lab ancestors may discover in whose fields they were working the harvest, and alongside which colleagues.
Else Churchill is in our virtual SoG common room ready for a chat.
How do Transitory Objects Offer Insight into your Ancestor's Lives?
Take part in a discussion on finding and using these objects in genealogy and exchange ideas. Free of charge.
The learning of a trade through apprenticeship has roots that go back to medieval times and before.
In this talk with Professor Patrick Wallis, we will learn more about the lives of apprentices and how apprenticeship worked, and the different sources they can be traced through.
In this practical tutorial, Caroline Gurney will help you learn to read the older handwriting found in widely used family history sources.
She will give tips on reading unfamiliar text and address some common problems. You will also spend some time transcribing a document.
Take the next step in your family history journey. Actually, 13 steps. Treat yourself to some dedicated time each Thursday evening by joining us on our Family History Skills course.
Learn about essential records and find out how the important databases and archives work, to further your research.
Our ancestors appeared in many different types of courts – criminal, civil and equity – either as plaintiffs or defendants, criminals or victims.
First introduced in 1538 the Parish registers of the Church of England record baptisms, marriages and burials.
Many of our ancestors lived precarious lives and if they grew old and inform could not work or fell ill or bore illegitimate children they may have become a burden on the community.
Evidence of apprenticeship is more likely in 18th century than at any other time from town freemen records, London guilds, parish pauper apprenticeships and the tax levied on apprentice indentures.
As member you can make the most of our resources, access our experts and find a welcoming community of people interested in family history and genealogy.
We all have roots. Let’s find them together.