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Society of Genealogists – Press Release

Date: 00.01, Monday 16th March, 2022
For immediate release

Society of Genealogists joins call for History for Ukraine

The Society of Genealogists is proud to be a partner of the forthcoming History For Ukraine event, which brings historians and genealogists from around the world together in solidarity to raise vital funds for Ukraine with a 24-hour event, broadcast online and across social media.

A host of famous faces have already pledged their support for the event, including Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, Dr Fern Riddell, Professor Kate Williams, Dr Janina Ramirez, and Earl Charles Spencer. They will be joined by the Society’s Genealogist Else Churchill and Chief Executive Dr Wanda Wyporska, as well as professional historians and genealogists from around the world to stage a programme of informative talks and discussions on a huge variety of topics.

The event also has the support of a number of prominent organisations, including The National Archives, the Royal Historical Society, and the Family History Federation, along with over 200 volunteers and local history groups.

History For Ukraine was the idea of genealogist Natalie Pithers, who describes the event as “a combination of Live Aid and Red Nose Day, but for history”.

Natalie added: “The people of Ukraine can't afford for us to wait! They need this help right now, and this unique event provides the history community with an opportunity to come together and help in the best way they can.”

Attendees will be asked to make donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal via a special JustGiving page.

The event is scheduled for Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th March 2022 online and streaming.

Notes to editors:

  • Further details and ways to get involved can be found at
  • The Society of Genealogists is the largest and oldest genealogical society in the UK, providing an extensive education and learning programme for family historians. Our extensive and esteemed genealogical library is in store while we develop innovative new premises, however, many of our digital collections and items are available to search online at
  • For press enquiries, interviews and expert commentary contact SoG’s Genealogist, Else Churchill 07841 776226 / SoG’s Chief Executive, Dr Wanda Wyporska, 07837 909418.
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