The Society of Genealogists (SoG) has welcomed the announcement that the Government has accepted an amendment to the Deregulation Bill, currently going before the House of Lords, that allows for the publication of information from Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates in England and Wales to be issued otherwise than in the form of a certified copy.
This is something the SoG has long campaigned for and it has said on its website that it is grateful to Baroness Scott of Needham Market, herself an enthusiastic genealogist, who suggested to Government that this deregulation is possible.
If you’re keen to combine your research with an energetic walk, the Society of Genealogists has organised a walk around Finchley to visit an ancient road which links two ancient villages. The walk will take in lands once owned by the Knights Templar and a former manor house which is haunted by a suspected lover of Anne Boleyn. The walk also takes in two famous murders and two uncrowned kings connected to the area.
The walk is on Saturday, 17 May from 11:00-12:30, with Paul Baker. The cost is £10.00/£8.00 SoG members. You must pre-book to attend and more details can be found on the Society of Genealogists website.
Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd May, sees a half day course entitled ‘Poor Law Records & What it was like to be Poor’. It’s presented by Celia Heritage and Michael Gandy from 2pm to 5pm at the Society of Genealogists in London and cost to attend is £20.
The talk looks at the records created by the parish poor law system and the post 1834 workhouse system (and wider records) to find information about our poorer ancestors.
The Society of Genealogists ‘Evening Skills Course Stage 1’ starts up again on the 23rd of January. For those new to family history research or have only a little experience in researching, the course Stage 1 is ideal to build up your knowledge. It is a 10 week course.
The course has proved very successful in the past and the SoG have a team of professional genealogists who will introduce the records and illustrate how they should best be used for the study of family history.
According to the SoG website, “publications, electronic finding aids and the internet will, of course, be included along with all the basic sources needed to start research. Skills courses stages 2 & 3 will follow later this year.”
The Society of Genealogists have now announced their programme of events for next year. It promises to be a busy year with a number of lectures, talks and other events planned. The events cover a wide range of subjects of interest to most family historians. There is also a strong military theme to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the First World War happening next year.
If you’d like to improve your family history knowledge or keep up to date with latest developments, there’s full details on The Society of Genealogists website.
The latest range of courses have been announced by the Society of Genealogists. There is a good range of courses available for both the amateur and experienced family historian. A selection of the courses include:
Wed 2 Oct 14:00 Tracing French Ancestry
Sat 5 Oct 14:00-17:00 Heraldry: Its Language, Grants and Inheritance of Arms
Wed 9 Oct 14:00 Charities and their Records at The National Archives for Family Historians
Sat 12 Oct 10:30-17:00 Family Historian Software for Beginners and Refreshers
Wed 16 Oct 14:00 My Ancestor Was a Hatmaker
Sat 19 Oct 10:30-13:00 Marriage and Courtship in the 1800’s
The ‘Society of Genealogists’ based in London has recently created an award for those people making an outstanding contribution to the field of family history research. Details of the 2013 award from the Society are as follows:
“A special Certificate of Recognition has been newly created by the Society of Genealogists to recognise exceptional contributions to genealogy by individuals and institutions worldwide. In the first year nomination forms were made available to Fellows of the Society for their suggestions and four candidates have been recognised by the newly formed awards panel for the new Certificate in 2013. The successful candidates were:
Dick Eastman for having the vision to promote family history through the CompuServe Genealogy Forum and by founding and maintaining the daily Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.
Dr Hugh Kearsey for actively ensuring a wider availability of materials enabling others to pursue family history in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
Rosemary Cleaver for her continuous back-room contributions to all aspects of the West Surrey Family History Society over many years.
The Polish Archive of Przemyślu in recognition of outstanding maintenance of local family records, particularly appertaining to Akcja Wisła (Operation Vistula) was the codename for the 1947 forced resettlment of post-war Poland’s Ukranian Minority carried out by Soviet controlled Polish Communist Authorities) and in the efforts to making them accessible to researchers from far and wide.
Formal presentations will be arranged over the coming months.”
Congratulations to the winners this year from Family History Social for their well-deserved awards!
Nominations for 2014 are now open to the public and forms (along with nomination guidelines) are available from the Chief Executive, June Perrin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading through the latest issue of the monthly journal from the Society of Genealogists, there’s a few interesting courses and lectures scheduled in over the next couple of weeks. On the 22 June, Simon Fowler gives a talk on ‘Making the Best Use of The National Archives Website’ and on the 29th June, AlecTritton talks about ‘Nonconformist Ancestors – including 19th Century Sects’.