Archive for September, 2010

Was your ancestor a Baptist?

If so you may find information about them in the Society of Genealogists’ family history library, which holds registers and gravestone inscriptions from many Baptist chapels as well as publications such as the Baptists’ Handbook. The Society has also published a book on how to trace your Baptist ancestry.

Recently however a new resource has been  added to the Members’ Area of the Society’s website to help you in your quest. This lists several thousand births, marriages and deaths occurring in the Baptists’ Magazine from the 18th and 19th centuries.

A significant number of the entries relate to Baptist ministers, deacons and their families, and many women are listed. Some of the entries are particularly useful genealogically eg. Edward Foster’s father and grandfather are shown, together with the year in which they were born. Some of the entries do not appear in the Baptist registers deposited at the National Archives (class RG4), so this may be the only record of a vital event.

Each entry gives a reference to the year of the Baptist Magazine (BM) in which the notice appears. Sometimes (but frustratingly not always) the page number is also given. A complete set of the Baptist Magazine for 1809 – 1890 (except 1856) is held at Spurgeon’s College in South London. The Angus Library and Dr Williams Library also have good coverage of the title.

To search the Baptists’ Magazine index go to the Members’ Area. A basic name search is free but to view the record you will need to be a member.

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Book now for Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Celebrations

 The Society of Genealogists will be 100 years old in 2011 and we invite all family historians to celebrate our anniversary in style.  There will be different activities to commemorate the occasion and we hope all our members and friends will join us in our celebrations. Details of all our Centenary events planned for 2011 will be posted in the Genealogists Magazine  and on our special SoG Centenary Blog . The Society will be keeping everyone up to date about what will be going on throughout the year.  

Our Centenary Celebrations can be booked and paid for via the SoG online shop

Here are the first two events to note in your diary

Breaking the Barriers – Innovative Genealogy in the 20th & 21st Centuries

The Society of Genealogists Centenary Conference will take place on Saturday 7 May 2011
Venue: Royal Overseas League,
Over-Seas House,
Park Place
5 St James’s Terrace,
London SW1A 1LP

The Society’s Centenary Conference is a celebration of the past century of genealogy and the role played by the Society of Genealogists. We will also look forward to the future of the subject. The conference will include a full day of lectures and networking luncheon and dinner, featuring nationally and internationally known genealogical speakers.  Full details of the conference programme including prices and information about the speakers can be found on our conference blog

 Society of Genealogists  Reception and Gala Dinner

 Friday 6th May  at  The Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place,

5 St James’s Terrace, London SW1A 1LP (7pm-10.30pm)

Join the Society in celebrating our centenary at the SoG Gala Dinner. Hosted by the Society’s Board of Trustees and in the presence of our Patron, President and Vice Presidents, Staff and Honoured Guests we hope you will be entertained by Alex Graham the producer of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are.

Please note places are limited and in the event of over-subscription places may be allocated by ballot.

Dress code    Black Tie, Price £80 

Please contact June Perrin at the SoG or email of you wish to book tickets for the Gala Dinner.

To learn more about forthcoming news on the Conference, Gala Dinner and other centenary celebrations as they are announced see the SoG Centenary Conference Blog and web pages 

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Society of Genealogists’ Librarian Sue Gibbons Retires


Staff, Family History Volunteers, SoG Members and Trustees came together this week to wish Sue Gibbons all the best in her retirement.  Sue Gibbons and SoG staffSue has been Librarian at the Society of Genealogists since 1991 and will be missed by all her friends.  Sue pioneered the Society’s online  Library catalogue (SoGCAT) and the microfiching and digitisation of the SoG collections. Never ones to miss an opportunity to get together for a chat, nibbles and a few (soft) drinks everyone came downstairs to hear SoG Chairman Colin Allen wish Sue all the best and present her with her with life membership of the Society along with flowers, champagne and presents bought for her from the collections.DSC_1637  Travel was the theme of the gifts with a SatNav to guide her on her way and vouchers to put towards travel.

However, Sue seems pretty sure of the direction she is going in and has firm plans for her retirement. She will continue as a volunteer at the SoG on Mondays and Friday working on digitisation projects and perhaps she will now get time to write that book she has been promising ! But no doubt she will get stuck into her own family history research and win her the battle with that enormous garden that she has been telling us about over the years.  We’d like to wish Sue all the best for the future and thank her for being such a great asset to the Society and for helping so many family historians on their way.

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