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Beyond the Death Certificate - Online Talk Saturday 23 September at 3pm BST

Beyond the Death Certificate with Julie Goucher (1-hour talk)


Saturday, 23 September 2023 14:00 -Saturday, 23 September 2023 15:00


The Society of Genealogist's online talk this Saturday is one that will be of interest to many family historians.



According to the SoG website in this presentation they will focus on looking beyond the Death Certificate. What happens when you register a death and the process through to the service/burial or cremation.


There are quite a lot of moving parts and in this presentation, Julie Goucher will explore how those parts slot together and why they might exist. We explore the differences between registration of a death in England and Wales, to that of a death in Scotland. Furthermore, they will consider the conditions on the death certificate which do not necessarily represent all the conditions that the person experienced, and how you might explore those, whilst being aware of the restrictions of accessing medical records.


The online talk will also look at context and how that is useful to give us insight. Also looking at tracking the genealogy of death conditions, effectively instead of having names, event dates and places, this is replaced by names, places, and causes of death and does this assist in. Julie will also look at the names of conditions and classification of conditions and the various relevant legislation. Whilst there are references to England, Wales and Scotland, this overall presentation is suitable to all. 




£10 Saturday, 23 September 2023 14:00 - 15:00

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Restoration England Online Talk from the Society of Genealogists

Saturday 10 December 2022 a 1 hour talk online from the Society of Genealogists 2pm to 3pm GMT


On Saturday 10 December 2022 Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, joins Else Churchill for a special talk about the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science.  

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. 

All those booked on the Researching 17th Century Ancestors course automatically receive an invitation to this talk, there is no need to book separately.  

This event will be recorded and everyone who books a place will receive a link to watch the recording at a later date.

About the speaker: Dr Ian Mortimer is the author of twelve history books, two volumes of historical documents, four novels, three other books, and numerous articles on the history of England between the tenth and twentieth centuries.  

He is best known as the author of the four  Time Traveller's Guides- to Medieval England, Elizabethan England, Restoration Britain and Regency Britain.  As well as a historian, he is a qualified archivist and has two doctorates from the University of Exeter. His PhD was on the subject of 'Medical assistance to the dying in provincial southern England, c. 1570-1720'.  

Between 1991 and 2003 he worked for a succession of archive and historical research organisations, including Devon Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the universities of Exeter and Reading. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society in 2004 for his work on the social history of medicine. 


Saturday 10 December 2022  2pm to 3pm GMT  £16





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Society of Genealogists' Talk on Customs and Excise Officers and more!

The Society of Genealogists' next talk event is on Thursday 4 August at 2 pm:

Customs and Excise, Coastguards & Trinity House Records in the SoG Collections

Join Else Churchill to learn about the unique and original 19th and early 20th century records held at the Society of Genealogists on Customs and Excise staff. Have a Customs and Excise officer in your family tree? Then this talk will be very useful to you.

Deposited with the Society by HM Revenue and Customs, this collection holds approximately 16,800 entries. It contains details of HM Customs and Excise staff born between 1833 and 1911, now available on the SoG website.

The Society’s Coastguards’ Index was collated by the late Eileen Stage and recorded on index cards along with copies of various documents. The information was gathered from a number of sources including work done by a team of Society volunteers. In more recent times, these index cards and documents have been scanned and indexed to allow easy access via SoG Data Online.

Else also looks at the Society's Trinity House Petitions collections (1787-1854). These records detail petitions to Trinity House made by seamen, or their families, who had fallen on hard times. Trinity House was responsible for supervising lighthouses and buoys around the English coast. In addition, they distributed charitable funds to those of the seafaring community in greatest need. Records can contain detailed information about the petitioner and family survivors.

A one-hour talk with Else Churchill, cost £10.00/£6.50 SoG members



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Recorded Talks on the Society of Genealogists website

Some excellent help can be had in tracing family history by listening to some of the recorded talks published on the Society of Genealogists website.

If you've missed the opportunity to attend one of the various live online talks that the SoG have been running, some recordings are now available to rent through their Vimeo account. You will need to register for a free Vimeo account, the cost of each recording is £7.50. 

Some of those that are now online include:

Finding your 17th-Century English Ancestors with Else Churchill

Probate Records in England and Wales with Else Churchill

Follow the Money: Further Probate Records in England and Wales with Else Churchill

Sources for India in the Society of Genealogists Library with Else Churchill

DNA for Beginners Part 1: Before Taking a DNA Test with Amelia Bennett

and many more. For full information take a look at their website:


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Society of Genealogists' Library reopen with limited times

The Society of Genealogists’ Library has opened to SoG members only from Tuesday 4th August 2020 with staggered sessions opening from 11am-4pm and 11.30-4pm

The SoG has posted on thier website that to begin with the number of members in the Library will be limited to a maximum of 20 persons per day and places must be booked in advance prior to visiting. Booking for sessions can be made on their website http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/category/book-to-visit-the-library/

For the time being, it is intended that the Society will open for Library use each Tuesday and one Saturday a month. Back office project volunteers only will be welcome in the Library on Mondays. ~The SoG hope to work up to opening for more days and to more people as they become more confident of providing a safe and workable experience for staff, volunteers and members and as resources allow. During the days when the Society's library is closed to visitors their staff and volunteers will continue the service provisons offered during lockdown.

Visits must be booked at least a week in advance and will be made available up to two weeks before the date of the visit on a rolling weekly basis every Saturday morning. Each booking is for one person only on a first come, first served basis – you will not be able to bring anyone with you, unless they book a visit themselves. Please be considerate of others when you book – the SoG may cancel your booking if you exceed our reasonable limit of one booking per week.

The Society of Genealogist say that they will not permit anyone to enter the building who has not pre-booked a visit, so are asking people not to travel if you have not been able to book as they will not be able to let you in.

When members come into the Library, they will notice some changes. The Society has introduced safety and social hygiene measures to ensure the safety of their staff, members and friends. The toilets and cloakroom will be open so you can wash your hands and all hygiene guidance will be adhered to. Lockers will be open for you to store your belongings and take as little into the library as possible. There will be a cleaner in the building when the SoG is open to make sure all surfaces stay clean and safe. The SoG ared asking every visitor to use the sanitisers and wipes provided around the building and to follow social distancing measures and one-way procedures as indicated by signs around the building.

Computers and Microfiche/Microfilm readers have been spaced around the building rather than just in the lower library. When you book a members’ visitor session through the website you can  reserve a reader or computer as appropriate at the same time. 

Films and fiche will be available as normal and the SoG ask that all books, microforms, CDs etc be returned to the returns trolleys and boxes provided after use so they can be cleaned and or quarantined as appropriate

Current  regulations in England require face coverings to be worn in libraries and public reading rooms from 8th August and it is recommend face coverings are worn in these settings now. The regulations strongly encourage wearing a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet. You can remove your face covering in order to eat and drink, if reasonably necessary, and in the Common Room only which is designated for food and drink. You must put a face covering back on once you  have finished eating .

The Society of Genealogist's staff will be wearing masks for visitors protection and they would appreciate it if everyone who is able would please wear a face covering in face to face situations within the library, shop and reception (such as when seeking staff assistance) and where social distancing may be limited.

A downloadable PDF of SoG  Coronavirus Visitor Guidelines can be downloaded here


For more information see this post on their website: http://www.sog.org.uk/about/coronavirus/

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