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Society of Genealogists – A Century of Family History, hardback edition

The Society of Genealogists has now made available a hardback edition of its commemorative publication, Society of Genealogists – A Century of Family History. This beautifully presented book is priced at £79.99 with a 10% discount for members of the society. Numbers are very limited so sales will be on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to buy a copy of this splendid celebration of our first century, then please ring the society’s bookshop on 020 7702 5483.

The schedule for the New England Historic Genealogical  Society English Family History Tour 25 September-2 October 2011 has been published on the American Ancestors Website


The Society of Genealogists will host this week long study day in its library in London. The programme includes presentations and workshops with SoG and NEHGS staff and experts; orientations and use of the Society’s extensive genealogical library and collections and visits to The National Archives and British LibrarySoGBuildingPhotoGMcover2010web thumb American Ancestors (NEHGS) English Family History Tour hosted by Society of Genealogists

The Society of Genealogists is situated on the edge of the historic City of London and part of the tour will include a fascinating walk from the SoG through the City to St Pauls Cathedral taking in City Churches, Postman’s Park, the Guildhall Library and other places of interests.

Booking for the tour is through the American Ancestors Website

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Findmypast gets first UK product placement TV deal for genealogy programme

Guardian Media has reported that the UK genealogy website Findmypast has signed a deal with UKTV – channel Yesterday.


The pay-TV broadcaster has struck the product placement deal with Brightsolid, the DC Thomson-owned company that is home to online genealogy tools including Find My Past and Genes Reunited, to launch a genealogy show on factual channel Yesterday.

 In UKTV’s biggest advertiser-funded programming deal to date, Brightsolid will pay for a new 10-part one-hour series called Find My Past. In return the company gets brand exposure in the titles, end credits and all marketing associated with the new series.

 Each week the show, which is being made by independent producer Lion Television, will use the findmypast.co.uk website to focus on a famous moment – such as Dunkirk or the Jack the Ripper attacks – to connect “three seemingly unrelated members of the public”.

 UKTV, which is jointly owned by the BBC and Virgin Media, will broadcast the show this winter on Freeview channel Yesterday.

 “Findmypast.co.uk already has a strong commercial association with us as Yesterday’s main sponsor, so finding and developing a fresh genealogy TV format to co-fund has been a natural next step,” said Sally Quick, head of commercial partnerships at UKTV.

Much of the Society of Genealogists online data is also hosted on Findmypast so the Society is delighted that there will be another TV opporunity to focus on rich online  genealogy source materal.

for more information on the report on thisTV programme visit the Guardian Media website

with thanks to Chris M Paton and UK-TV press department for bringing this to our attention

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Are you stuck for an idea for a Fathers Day Gift for July 19th? Then buy him something that will captivate his interest in genealogy and provide an entertaning hobby for years to come.  Membership of the Society of Genealogists allows free access to the Society’s remarkable library; on line data on our wesite and discounts on our books, events and courses.

The Society of Genealogists Gift Certfificate for one year’s membership can be ordered direct from the Society’s online shop

This is a great  gift for a family historian. You will receive a gift certificate, application form and membership pack to pass onto the lucky recipient. To activate the membership, the recipient will need to complete the application form and return it to the Society of Genealogists by post or upon their first visit to the society.

Membership of the Society of Genealogists costs just £45 a year  for the UK (£43 by diret debit) and £27 a year for overseas members.  There is a one-off joining admin fee of £10 in the first year.

More details of SoG membership benefits and information about the Society’s remarkable library can be found on the Society’s website

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A report of the Society’s visit to the City of London Cemetery & Crematorium

group 300x225 A report of the Societys visit to the City of London Cemetery & CrematoriumOn 11 May a small but very keen group was taken around the Grade II listed City of London Cemetery and Crematorium by the Superintendent & Registrar, Gary Burks.  The 1200 acres located on the edge of Epping Forest and across from Wansted Flats and originally farmland,  was originally purchased by the City Corporation in 1853 to provide more space for the already overcrowded burial grounds in the City. The cemetery design was laid out by the well-known City Surveyor, William Haywood, and opened in 1856.

Gary gave us a very thorough background history of the cemetery before  the tour and we were also able to briefly view the burial registers. As the registers are in date order, anyone wanting to have a search done would need to know the approximate date of death in order to find someone in the registers. Searches can be done for a fee, contact the City of London Cemetery for further details. The registers are currently being digitised and the Corporation of London hopes to make them available on the internet in the near future. regsiters 300x223 A report of the Societys visit to the City of London Cemetery & Crematorium

ronGary 300x201 A report of the Societys visit to the City of London Cemetery & CrematoriumWithin the cemetery are 7 miles of roads, 600,000 internments, not including the re-interred remains from the burial grounds of 38 historic City Churches . The grounds are very well kept, with extensive gardens, including a 600-bed rose garden, which require 10 staff to maintain.

As the cemetery is becoming full, Gary explained the cemetery’s policy of reusing graves for modern burial. Families are contacted about existing graves (which are known to have depth for at least two more burials). For example, some of the older graves were dug to accomodate around twelve bodies, but may only have two bodies interred and this leaves space for modern burials. A marker is left on the existing grave to notify the public of the intention for planning further burials. On one gravestone we saw, the stone had been reversed in the ground, and the back side (now facing forward) was used to inscribe the name of the newer, additional occupant of the grave.

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Surprisingly, the cemetery also has a small cafe on the premises where one can have lunch or a cup of tea after a long trek around the grounds, something which our group happily took advantage of.

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