Archive for May, 2011

British Army and Merchant Navy Ancestors

The Society of Genealogists has recently reprinted two of the most popular titles in its My Ancestors series. My Ancestor was a Merchant Seaman by Christopher and Michael Watts (£9.99), is recognised as an authoritative work on tracing ancestors who served as merchant seamen. Packed with information and advice on how to access merchant seaman records, this is a comprehensive guide for family historians and genealogists alike. My Ancestor was in the British Army (£10.99), by the same authors, provides similar guidance in tracing the records of British soldiers who served from around 1660 up to the Second World War. Both books are an invaluable addition to any family historian’s library and both are available now from the society’s bookshop, and online at As ever, members of the Society of Genealogists receive a 10% discount on our publications.

Nunhead Cemetery Open Day – 21 May 2011

 The Society will be present at the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day again this year.  We will be manning a small stall, with leaflets and a selection of Society publications.

The Open Day runs from 11a.m. to 5p.m. and admission is free.  There will be guided tours of the cemetery and visits to the chapel and crypt (which are not normally open), as well as various stalls, plant sales, refreshments and a choir in the chapel (!)  See the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery website for further details (  If you have not been to Nunhead Cemetery before, it is well worth a visit.  We look forward to seeing you there!



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