Archive for March, 2010


 Treasures Tuesday   Discover the Treasures of the Society of Genealogists Library

The Society of Genealogists is delighted to announce a new learning resources showcasing the unique collections within the Society’s Library

 

Following on from the poster exhibitions and displays on the SoG stand at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010, The Societys’ blog and website familyhistorytreasures.org.uk will provide regular insights and updates illustrating interesting and unique items. Look out for news and updates in the Treasures Tuesday blogspots which will explain what’s in the family history collections and how to use them. We hope you find this new venture of use. If so spread the word and tell other family historians how to discover more about the Treasures of the Society of Genealogists.

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Family Tree Maker Software Courses at the Society of Genealogists 17 April 2010

Family Tree Maker Advanced1 300x294 Family Tree Maker Software Courses at the Society of Genealogists 17 April 2010

Family Tree Maker Software

Family Tree Maker Software half-day course for beginners from 10:30am-1pm and a half-day course for advanced users from 2-5pm.

The introductory lesson will teach the essentials skills for creating, upgrading and maintaining your family tree in Family Tree Maker 2009. Through practical demonstration and discussion, new users and owners of previous versions will learn to effectively use all the various components of this latest version. (To give the most time to the 2009 features, we will not be discussing previous versions of Family Tree Maker unless it pertains to the 2009 program).
Price £17.50 (£14.00 SoG members) for each course.
To book, telephone 020 7553 3290, email events@sog.org.uk or book online

Our tutor, Mike Bollinger has been teaching adult computer courses for the past 20 years. He is currently a computer instructor at the Handsworth Community Forum in Sheffield, as well as owner of Computer House Calls, an onsite computer servicing business. Mike’s knowledge and love of the Family Tree Maker program has grown from his enjoyment in using the software in researching his own family history. You will find Mike’s style of teaching enjoyable and entertaining as well as his ability to explain technical topics in plain English.

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Using pay-per-view websites for Family History

Friday, 12 Nov. at 2:00
A hands-on way to learn to use internet “pay-per-view” websites at the Society of Genealogists. Use of the websites are free with course tuition. It is advisable to bring some family history research to do and a memory stick to save your work. This is a tutorial with Alec Tritton £12.00 (£9.50 SoG members). Please note the society library is closed to research this day and only those attending the tutorial will be allowed to undertake internet research as part of the course.

To book telephone 020 7553 3290, email events@sog.org.uk or book online

Society of Genealogists wins publishing award

The Society of Genealogists was named Best Book Publisher of 2009 by Your Family Tree Magazine in their annual awards, beating strong competition from the likes of Pen & Sword and The National Archives. The My Ancestors series is described as ‘expertly written, packed with facts and giving pointers to the best sources’. Referring to the society’s 2009 releases, the magazine went on to say ‘Our glowing reviews of the 1911 Census book, plus the Railway Worker and In Service  titles – complete with YFT Seals of Approval – give you some idea of the high standard of these publications’. The society is delighted to receive such recognition and you can buy our award winning books in our online shop at www.sog.org.uk

 Society of Genealogists wins publishing award

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Family Artefacts: Gateways to the Past

wolpert%20quilt Family Artefacts: Gateways to the PastIt is undeniably true when you consider your past and what that will mean to you and your future. If you have a look at your family’s artefacts, heirlooms and photos, you may find a massive history in your own family that you weren’t conscious of formerly. This past will clue you in to a variety of things, including what your great-grandparents, grandparents and elders were like in their younger days to what kinds of fashions they wore and what they enjoyed doing. Or, studying family artefacts and records can clue you in to the history of the fitness of your folks and give you a chance to understand what kinds of diseases are common in your circle of relatives and what you should be looking out for when you visit your health practitioner. Studying family artefacts will also help you piece together the history of your folks. Where did your folks immigrate from? Most likely, artefacts that your folks still has will give understanding to the lives the family led in their old country and give an idea of why they made a decision that risking it all and coming to America was a good choice for them. You might most likely spend a few hours having a look at old records, artefacts and photographs. It takes you back to a time that you weren’t part of and never will know firsthand. bothering to take a look at the entire thing will give you an idea of what’s needed to make your future bright. If you can see examples of mistakes your folks have made during the past, you can take those mistakes and in turn find some way to keep from making those self same mistakes in your own life. You may also find some way to have potential family diseases diagnosed early and sorted before they turn into heavy issues.

So, if you haven’t already, schedule an afternoon to go to with your Grandparents about the past and ask them to relive their good memories with you.

Then, ask if you can see some of the souvenirs and artefacts that they have kept for some years. They will probably be excited to share their lives with you and be grateful that you care. You, in turn, will find out interesting facts about the past and where your folks came from and where you can help take it in the future. Understanding the past is indeed the key to understanding the future. Take your opportunity to discover more on the family artefacts in your circle of relatives while your Grandparents are still around.

They can appreciate your gesture and you may sit in amazement of the stories and events that they have lived through in their lives.

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