Ed Percival | Jun 24, 2021, 12:46 PM

Important update: we're moving!

As you will know by now, the Society is undergoing a once in a generation transformation. 

One of the major parts of this is moving to a new home. We have now officially given notice to our landlords here at Charterhouse Buildings and are very excited for our next chapter and a place which will better suit your needs and ours. I appreciate this has come earlier than expected but it is in the best interests of the charity to start the move now. 

We can’t yet reveal the details of our new home, but I can say we are focusing on staying in London and are in negotiations. It might seem premature to start packing already, but as I’ve written before, there is a lot to be sorted out. 

This will unfortunately mean we will have to close our doors for a few months. We will be taking the utmost care with all our library and archives to ensure they are kept safe during the move and conserved for future use.  During this time, we will be accelerating our digitisation work with our archive partners.

Thank you as ever for bearing with us and your continued support. 

All the steps we are taking are to protect the Society for the future and ensure we’re here for many more generations to come. And be assured - we will be back - stronger, fitter and healthier.

In the meantime, you will be invited to join our new membership system in early July and with the launch of our new website, be able to enjoy full access to SoG Data online and all member resources along with our growing list of online events and courses.  

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions and we’ll be in touch again in a few weeks to let you know more about our digital transformation.  

Please contact us for more information

Upcoming talks and events

Irish Family History for Beginners & Refreshers
10 September

Do you have Irish ancestors on your family tree? What is a townland?  What is the difference between a civil and a church parish? Join Roz McCutcheon and Jill Williams for a half-day course that will answer these questions and many more.     

We will look at the context and background of Irish records, the records you need to get started with your Irish family research, how to find them and how to use them. Includes the latest additions to Irish records found online.

Bring your questions along for discussion.


Lunchtime Chat: Who are we and why do we do it?
17 August

Else Churchill is in our virtual SoG common room ready for a chat. She will discuss the reasons we research our family history. Is it for health reasons, solving a family mystery or because we have an overall curiosity about where we came from?

You can take part in the discussions about how research can transform our ancestors from just a name on the family tree to a real person who once lived. Free of charge, SoG Members only.

Carrying the Can - the UK Cotton Industry
20 August

It’s true that the UK grows no cotton. But, in the 19th century,the UK produced half the world's cotton cloth. By 1800, 95% of the world's spindles were based here. So it's not surprising that many of us claim cotton factory workers in our family trees.

In this talk, AdèleEmm explains the history of the UK's cotton textile production, when and why it arrived, and what caused it to decline, and our ancestors' place in it

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