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 Software

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

Family Artefacts: Gateways to the Past

It 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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Another successful Society of Genealogists Family History Show at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 26-28 Feb 2010

 

“Oh my ears and whiskers – how late it is?”

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The next workshop is about to start. Has the speaker arrived – does her laptop work? Will the celebrities finish their shows on time so our next speaker can set up? Where did I put my notes for my talk? Have all the experts found their way to their allotted desks on time? Oops we have two people booked for advice at the same time – find a quick stand-in who can help with French military history or Dutch ecclesiastical records without the aid of Google. Where’s the key to the lockable cabinet?  – we’re running out of membership forms. Quick sign them up now. Life dissolves into a blur at the largest genealogical show in the world and we spend a lot of time scampering about but it’s all huge fun, if not a little bit stressful. You may have seen several of our staff and volunteers running at full pelt throughout the weekend but at the end of the day everyone had a great smile on their face because all the hard work has paid off.

A lot goes into preparing for the show. A small team of staff and trustees prepare our stand, create posters and displays focusing on the Treasures of the Society of Genealogists Library;  arrange how we look after new member sign ups, run the technology and deal with volunteers. Thanks to the team everything was ready for setup. We even remembered to take the ladder to build the SoG Tower.

We plan 100 talks for all levels of interest over the three days in the Who Do You Think You Are? Theatre and SoG workshops. They are always extremely well attended and this year we had Welsh and Irish key themes and speakers. Many of the speakers are exhibitors at the show but some come from other record offices and libraries to help and most are SoG members. So thanks to all the speakers who volunteered talks. You were all so professional and unflappable – and everyone finished on time!!

Society of Genealgists workshop at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

Society of Genealogists workshop at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

In addition to our speakers, over 160 SoG volunteers help out. Most work on the SoG Ask the Experts Area where over 1600 individual people who booked twenty minute sessions received individual help and advice. The queues snaked round the gallery yet everyone remained calm and dependable. A special thanks to the Census Detectives and Jean Bunting who wheeled up in her buggy despite a broken leg. Thank-you all!!

The Library staff and volunteers were on hand to answer questions on our own stand and do look ups on the library catalogue. The Library second hand books stall had some good items this year and brought a tidy sum for the librarian to spend on new acquisitions. The membership secretary tells me we broke all records for new members sign and as usual she dragooned her partner to help out  by handing out  membership special offer leaflets because that’s the only way she can get to see him on his birthday! How’s that for devotion?

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Generally attendance figures seemed higher though, I haven’t had final numbers yet. Friday was certainly busy and visitors had to be held outside briefly as the hall apparently reached capacity on Saturday and the venue had to arrange to open up more fire safety evacuation routes in case of emergency.  The SoG Family History Show was bigger this year with more exhibitors and tables booked. An American contingent including amongst others Boston University and the New England Historic Genealogical Society flew the Stars and Stripes and are very much looking forward to the screening  of the USA version of the Who Do You Think You Are? TV show. It was good to meet up with our Dutch equivalent the Central Bureau voor Genealogie. The DNA workshops, military memorabilia stands and photo galleries were all much bigger and attracted lots of people. New databases and books were launched on several of the commercial stands as well as an intriguing new DNA test from Familytree DNA  based on autosoma dan which allows comparisoms to be made between cousins  rather  than purely on eiether Y-DNA which is only passed down the male surname line or MtDNA which mostly passes down the female line.

I never get enough time to visit all the stands I want to see nor to speak to everyone I should. So sorry if conversation was fleeting, but I did find time to send some tweets on Twitter reporting our news. The most exciting of which is that Your Family Tree Magazine  readers awarded the Society of Genealogists the Best Book Publisher of the Year 2009  award for our My Ancestor Was … series  and the guide to the most important record launch of last year How to Get the Best from the 1911 Census by John Hanson. Thanks Guys.

 

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010Society of Genealogists Stand at Who Do You Think You are? Live 2010

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

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