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  • Visit: St. Pancras Old Church

    Posted: 03/03/15

    Visit arranged by the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Friday, 27 March 2015 11:00 - 12:00

    Price:10.00

    St. Pancras Old Church has been a site of Christian worship since the 4th century. Fragments of Roman material can still be seen here and there in the fabric of the current building. The monuments and reuse of stone chart the history of the church’s development since Fulcherius in the late 12th century. Until 150 years ago, people were still being buried in the churchyard. Notable burials over time include Mary Wollstonecraft and Sir John Soane. When the Victorians built a railway through the churchyard many bodies had to be exhumed and moved. The original tombstones were re-erected around the base of a nearby tree at the direction of author Thomas Hardy, who was then a surveyor. Our tour will include both the interior of the church and the churchyard.

    Places are limited so book your place now...for details and how to book, follow this link:

    http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/visit-st-pancras-old-church

  • Company & Business Records for Family Historians

    Posted: 02/03/15

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:00 - 15:00

    The potential information on our ancestors that may exist in the records of companies and businesses is considered. Ways of finding out about the existence of businesses from the 19th Century onwards are discussed, the means of locating where surviving records have been deposited are explored and major repositories for business records identified. Many examples of informative records are presented from online internet sources, libraries and archives.

    A course at the Society of Genealogists (SoG) with Eric Probert

    Places are limited so book your place now...for details and how to book, follow this link:

    http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/company-business-records-for-family-historians

  • Essex Record Office (New Opening Hours)

    Posted: 17/02/15

    The Essex Record Office is to reduce opening hours for the search room from Monday 6 April 2015. It will be closed on Mondays and alternate Saturdays. Opening hours will be:

    Monday closed

    Tuesday open 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

    Wednesday & Thursday open 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

    Friday open 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    Alternate Saturdays open 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    Details of the particular Saturdays are to be found on the website http://www.essex.gov.uk/Libraries-Archives/Record-Office/Pages/Record-Office.aspx

  • Family Historian Software for Beginners

    Posted: 26/11/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Saturday, 6 December 2014; 10:30 - 17:00

    An overview of this popular and useful software, the only major genealogical software package designed and written specifically for UK users. Bring your questions along! This course is suitable for Beginners & Refreshers. A laptop is not required.

    A full-day course at the Society of Genealogists (SoG) with John Hanson.

    Places are limited so book your place now...for details and how to book, follow this link:

    http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/family-historian-software-for-beginners-2

  • How to get the Most from Family Pictures

    Posted: 26/11/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Saturday, 13 December 2014; 10:30 - 17:00

    This full-day course is a visual Power Point presentation that provides an in-depth guide to dating, analysing and understanding all types of family portraits, from inherited paintings, drawings and silhouettes, to Victorian studio photographs and 20th century snapshots. Accurate dating is essential when trying to identify and discover more about unlabelled family pictures and the course demonstrates how to establish an accurate time frame, using a variety of techniques and research tools. It also discusses the portrait tradition and considers the historical context in which artworks and, later, photographs were commissioned: what did these special pictures mean to our ancestors and how should we interpret them?

    A full-day course at the Society of Genealogists (SoG) with Jayne Shrimpton, author of the book of the same title. Copies available through the Society of Genealogists Bookshop

    Please note this course has been re-scheduled from its original date of 13 September.

    Booking details can be viewed at:

    http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/how-to-get-the-most-from-family-pictures-2/

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