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  • London During World War I

    Posted: 27/08/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Wednesday, 3 September 14:00-15:00

    With the development of airships and aeroplanes Britain was no longer an island - bombing came to the capital for the first time - how would the city and more importantly its citizens cope?

    This talk covers the build up to war, its progressive destruction and its effect on London and Londoners. Starting with the press and fictional writers talking up the threat of invasion by sea and airship and the evil 'hidden hand' within a Britain full of spies! With the outbreak of war London becomes a transportation centre for British and Colonial troops as well as returning troop trains full of soldiers straight from the horror of the trenches and thousands of wounded. How would London respond to these changes and how would the novelty of seeing Zeppelins in the night sky turn to panic in the streets? Women increasingly filled men's roles on the Home Front and with internment of Aliens, rationing and the arrival of Belgian refugees London was a changed City.

    A one-hour lecture with Chris Everett (IMPORTANT, also see Related Walk Saturday, 6 September)

    Cost: 8.00

    Details of the course can be located at: http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/london-during-world-war-i

  • Tudor and Stuart Sources for Family History

    Posted: 14/05/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG):

    Tudor and Stuart Sources for Family History, Saturday, 14 June 10:30-17:00

    A full-day course with Else Churchill, Dr Colin Chapman, Dr Janet Few and Michael Gandy

    Cost: 28.00

    In this full-day course, we will look at not only the 17th Century sources available to the family historian, but also the impact of witchcraft on communities in this era, and to gain an understanding of how the written word evolved, and the basics of reading old handwriting in the 17th Century.

    Details of the course can be located at: http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/tudor-stuart-sources-for-family-history/

  • Indentured Servants in Jamaica and Barbados

    Posted: 13/05/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG):

    Indentured Servants in Jamaica and Barbados, Saturday, 7 June 14:00-17:00

    A half-day course with Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

    Cost: 20.00

    A half-day course which will include a look at slavery and migration from the UK, Jamaica, Barbados and the United States.

    Details of the course can be located at: http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/indentured-servants-in-jamaica-barbados/

  • Tracing the History of Your House

    Posted: 02/05/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG):

    Tracing the History of Your House, Saturday, 10 May 10:30-17:00

    A full-day course with Gill Blanchard

    Cost: 28.00

    A one day course that will introduce participants to the main sources needed to research a house history. Students will learn how to find out which historical documents can be used to discover who owned and lived in a house, investigate its architectural history, interpret and analyse a selection of key sources, build up a picture who the people were and historical events that shaped its development and plan their own house history research.

    Download a pdf of the full programme!

    Details of the course can be located at: http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/tracing-the-history-of-your-house

  • Visit: St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate parish church

    Posted: 19/07/13

    Visit arranged by the Society of Genealogists (SoG):

    Visit: St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate parish church, Tuesday, 6 August 12:00-13:00

    A one-hour tour - cost 10.00

    St. Sepulchre is the largest parish church in the City of London, and has an important history dating back to 1137, and shares many historic links with the Old Bailey. Today, St. Sepulchre is best known as the National Musicians Church.

    Details of the visit can be located at: http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/visit-st-sepulchre-church/

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