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Society of Genealogists shut for New Year and Closed Week – reopens Tuesday 11 January

banner1 Society of Genealogists shut for New Year and Closed Week    reopens Tuesday 11 January

The Society of Genealogists will be closed from 4pm Thursday 30 December and will reopen to members and the public on Tuesday 11th January at 10am . Bookshop  and events orders can still be placed online and will be dispatched during the week commencing 11 January 2011.

During the first week of January the Society will be working on various projects in the library and stocktaking. Our first lecture when we reopen in the New Year will be on Wednesday 12 Jan at 11.30 with Tim Lawrence speaking on Using the Society of Genealogists’ Members Area Website and outlining the new developments for SoG data in the future.  Tickets for this lecture are free but can be booked online via the SoG online shop

However there is still plenty for all those who have taken part in Start Your Family Tree WeekStartYourFamilyTreeWeekimage thumb Society of Genealogists shut for New Year and Closed Week    reopens Tuesday 11 January.

Each day from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, findmypast.co.uk, sponsors of the Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Year have giving you a helping hand on your journey into your past. Look at their website for the Start Your Family Tree Week daily hints, tips and activities to help you research your family tree.

Look at the findmypast  website for the Start Your Family Tree Week daily hints, tips and activities to help you research your family tree. Discover some of the great prizes the Society of Genealogists, findmypast and other partners are offering for family historians throughout the week including*  :-

  • A day tracing your family tree with famous genealogist, Else Churchill at the Society of Genealogists in London – using the resources of the SoG and looking at aspects of their research. The prize includes return travel by train to London from within the UK and two nights’ accommodation in London for the winner and a guest
  • 1 free membership of the Society of Genealogists in our centenary year
  • 1 ticket to a day course at the Society of Genealogists, London: ‘Family History for Beginners and Refreshers’ with Geoff Swinfield on Saturday 5 March 2011.
  • Society of Genealogists‘ publications
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer by Ian Waller
    • 1 x My Ancestors were Londoners by Cliff Webb
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Apprentice by Stuart Raymond
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in Service by Pamela Horn
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in the British Army by Chris and Michael Watts
  • A free start your family history beginners session at the Society of Genealogists with community officer Ashley Young who can help anyone start using computers and get the most from free online resources at the Society of Genealogists Library, such as findmypast.co.uk and other online family history sites usually only available on pay-per view or subscription

Make it your New Year’s resolution to carry on researching your family history – imagine what you can show your family next year.

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Start Your Family Tree Week – help and tips from the Society of Genealogists

Download the free information leaflet with all the links to sources and sites to help you Start Your Family History with the Society of Genealogists

Check out the great prizes from the Society of Genealogists and the Start Your Family Tree Partners

Participants include:

Genesreunited http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/static.page/syftw

findmypast http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/start-your-family-tree-week/index

Eneclann – www.startyourfamilytree.ie

Scotlands People www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Society of Genealogists www.societyofgenealogists.com

 My History www.my-history.co.uk

Race Online www.raceonline2012.orgStart Your Family Tree Week image6 Start Your Family Tree Week    help and tips from the Society of Genealogists

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Start Your Family Tree Week – useful hints from the Society of Genealogists

Have you started your Family Tree yet? Use the Ten Tips from the Society of Genealogists to get your family history started.

Take the opportunity on Boxing Day to complete your first activity for Start Your Family History Week.  Ask all your relatives what they know about your family history.

Start Your Family Tree Week Partner findmypast.co.uk has some useful tips on interviewing family relatives  

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Society of Genealogists and Start Your Family Tree Week

All the talk of family  history  stories around the Christmas dinner table makes the festive period the perfect time to focus on building your family tree. The Society of Genealogists has been helping family historians for 100 years and is delighted to support Start Your Family Tree Week 26 December –1 January. Follow this link for our free information leaflet  Start Your Family History with the Society of Genealogists with all the useful web links and guides to sources you need;  follow our Ten Tips for Starting Your Family History or keep the kids occupied with the challenge to record their family tree on our 4 Generation Pedigree Chart and Quiz.

Each day from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, findmypast.co.uk, sponsors of the Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Year will be giving you a helping hand on your journey into your past. Look at the findmypast  website for the Start Your Family Tree Week daily hints, tips and activities to help you research your family tree. Discover some of the great prizes the Society of Genealogists, findmypast and other partners are offering for family historians throughout the week including*  :-

  • A day tracing your family tree with famous genealogist, Else Churchill at the Society of Genealogists in London – using the resources of the SoG and looking at aspects of their research. The prize includes return travel by train to London from within the UK and two nights’ accommodation in London for the winner and a guest
  • 1 free membership of the Society of Genealogists in our centenary year
  • 1 ticket to a day course at the Society of Genealogists, London: ‘Family History for Beginners and Refreshers’ with Geoff Swinfield on Saturday 5 March 2011.
  • Society of Genealogists‘ publications
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer by Ian Waller
    • 1 x My Ancestors were Londoners by Cliff Webb
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Apprentice by Stuart Raymond
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in Service by Pamela Horn
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in the British Army by Chris and Michael Watts
  • A free start your family history beginners session at the Society of Genealogists with community officer Ashley Young who can help anyone start using computers and get the most from free online resources at the Society of Genealogists Library, such as findmypast.co.uk and other online family history sites usually only available on pay-per view or subscription

 Start Your Family Tree Week image Society of Genealogists and Start Your Family Tree WeekMake it your New Year’s resolution to carry on researching your family history – imagine what you can show your family next year.

The Society of Genealogists would like to wish all our friends and members a very happy Christmas and  all the best for 2011 the SoG Centenary Year

*A complete list of prizes  for Start Your Family History Week and terms and conditions can be found here

If the winter weather has prevented you from getting out to do your Christmas shopping then order your favourite family historian a year’s membership of the Society of Genealogists via our online shop

Full details of all the Benefits of membership of the Society of Genealogists – the UK’s largest family history society can be found on the Society’s website but here are the highlights

Benefits of Membership:
Free access to the Society’s remarkable Family History Library

Free access to the Society’s online data  via the  Member’s Area of the Society’s website

Free access in the Library to several pay-per-view or subscription web sites
The Society has made arrangements with a number of pay-to-view or subscription web sites to provide free access from the Library.

Free, expert help and advice on genealogical problems
The Society provides a specialist family history telephone advice service, regular one-to-one advice half hour advice sessions with experts at the Society’s library, and an online mailing list.

Free Genealogists’ Magazine per year in March, June, September and December.
The Magazine is full of information including articles, a full list of the Staff Members, Library Updates, Notes and News of the Society and advice on people who can help with research.

Member’s Discounts
Member’s discount of 10% on courses and lectures,

Member’s 10% discount on Society Publications,

Member’s 20% discount on short specific searches when using the LIbrary Search & Copy Service

Members can obtain 20% extra pay-per-view units or 10% discount on subscriptions to findmypast.com by using the special members’ codes available by email from the Membership Office.

Borrow material from the Library
Members resident in the UK can (with some restrictions) , borrow books and microfrms from the Library

Join the Society of Genealogists here

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