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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Society of Genealogists

English: The Society of Genealogists building ...

English: The Society of Genealogists building in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Society of Genealogists wishes all our Members and Friends a Very Merry Christmas and hopes that all family historians have every success with their research in the New Year.


The Society closes for Christmas at 4pm on Saturday 22 December and reopens at 10am on Thursday 27 December.

The Society will be close for New Year at 4pm on Sat 29 December and reopens at 10am on Tuesday 8 January after stocktaking and Library closed week.

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Society of Genealogists 2013 Events Programme

The 2013 events programme including lectures, courses, visits, walks & talks  is now online. Events are now searchable by date, type of event and also by topic.

To view the programme and book an event, SoG members should first log into the MySoG  area of the website in order to enter the online shop and make bookings.  Non-members are also welcome to attend events, and the programme can be viewed by visiting our online shop.  Please remember that online bookings help reduce the society’s administration costs and will save you a postage charge.  You may also pay by cheque, payable to the “Society of Genealogists” (please remember to add .60 for postage or enclose a SASE) or by telephone: 020 7553 3290.

Do you have a question? email the events department

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New BBC TV show: Surprise friends/family by restoring a treasured item that has gone to wear and tear

Pocket watch, savonette-type. Italiano: Orolog...

Pocket watch, savonette-type. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Society of Genealogists has just received this press release concerning an interesting new BBC TV programme called Restorers. Sounds interesting and we are sure there are family historians out there with some wonderful family heirlooms in need of some TLC.


The Restorers Press Release:


Boundless Productions seeking people with treasured items they’d like to restore for new BBC programme

Across the country there are thousands of treasured items now going to rust and ruin in lofts, garages and sheds, which, with a little work, could be brought back to life.

Have you seen an item like this? Is there a special item you would like to have restored for a relative, friend or loved one as a surprise?

TV company Boundless Productions is keen to hear from people who have an object of great personal importance that they’d like to restore as part of a prospective new series for the BBC.

The Restorers team are on the hunt for potential stories now and would love to hear from any readers who have an item of great sentimental value, which, with a little magic, could be restored to its former glory.

This could be anything, big or small, from childhood toys to favourite ornaments, pocket watches, grandfather clocks, vintage televisions and radios, rusty bikes, ageing armchairs, old family portraits, musical instruments, broken Juke boxes, a treasured pinball machine or even a classic car!

It could be something that’s special to you that you’d love to be restored or an object you’d like to restore as a surprise for the well-deserving owner.

To get in touch or find out more please email or call 0207 861 8081 and leave a message. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

Alternatively here’s a link to the BBC website for details of how be involved with the show

Please send photos of your objects if possible.

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Society of Genealogists Open Day – 23 March 2013

The Society of Genealogists will run several Free events as part of its Open Day: Library Tours at 12:30, 1:30 & 4:15, and free advice on starting or furthering your family history. Free lectures: 11:00 – Family History for Beginners, 12:30- Treasures of the Society of Genealogists, 3:00-Finding Birth, Marriage & Death Records. Coffee & tea will be available. Although free, spaces are limited and so must be pre-booked, either through our website by telephone: 020 7553 3290, or by email

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Peter Wilson Coldham RIP

A message from June Perrin CEO


We were very sorry to hear from, his son Chris, of the recent death Peter Wilson Coldham FSG. Peter was a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and the American Society of Genealogists. He was very well respected for his work on Colonial migration to the Americas and will be sorely missed by the genealogical community.

As soon as we hear more about the funeral arrangements we will let everyone know

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