Archive for 2012


Society of Genealogists Membership Summer Offer

 

Are you struck inside wishing the rain would go away? Need something to occupy your time  while the Olympics is  on? Come and meet some like minded knowledgeable genealogists to help you with your research and make use of the best genealogical library outside the USA.

 

Join the Society of Genealogists this Summer and we will waive the usual £10 joining administration fee meaning the annual subscription is just £47 or a mere £27 for overseas members. That’s just 90p per week if you live in the UK – cheaper than a cup of coffee from a well known American coffee emporium!!

 

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PLUS Receive FREE Family Tree Builder genealogy software on CD

Download a membership application form and quote code SSP12 to gain access to the SoG’s remarkable collections in the library and online

Benefits of Membership

How to Join

 

 

Offer applies to membership taken out before the end of September 2012 and while CD stocks last.

 

 

 

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NEW ON-LINE DATABASE OF KENT WILLS

The Society of Genealogists has received news of a new on-line wills database published by the Kent Archaeological Society

When antiquarian and historian Leland Lewis Duncan of the Kent Archaeological Society died in 1923 his lifetime’s work, including handwritten lists and transcriptions of Wills of Kent residents and landowners who lived in medieval and Tudor times, was deposited in the society’s library at Maidstone Museum.

For 80 years local and family historians could inspect this invaluable resource only by visiting the library. Now, a team of volunteers ‑ Margaret Broomfield, Dawn Weeks, Zena Bamping and Pat Tritton – is completing the task of transcribing Duncan’s records for the society’s website, from which they can be downloaded free of charge.

Duncan’s records were written in 61 exercise books and bound quarto books, most of which survive. Their 2,188 entries were originally indexed by parish by the Vicar of East Peckham in 1934.

The records are now on a database which has two indexes. One enables the surnames of testators to found and is convenient for family historians. The other, for the benefit of local historians, lists the areas, parishes or dioceses in which the testators lived or owned land.

The areas include boroughs which were once part of Kent but are now within Greater London.

Links alongside the entries allow any of the Wills that have been transcribed to be viewed ‘with one click’.

To access the Wills visit the Research section at www.kentarchaeology.org.uk

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Changes to the Society of Genealogists’ Library Catalogue

The Society of Genealogists will shortly be changing to a new version of our library catalogue (SoGCAT). This includes a number of new features such as being able to search for any word in a title rather than just the first one. SoGCat lists all the books, microfiche, microfilms, CDs and other databases in the Library but as yet does NOT list all of our manuscript collections.  Do have  a look at the tutorial, tips and FAQs about searching for items within the catalogue of the UK’s National Family History Centre

Although it has been tested in advance please let us know if you spot any technical errors (see http://www.sog.org.uk/feedback/sogcatsupport.shtml for information on how to do this).

 

If you have bookmarked the old catalogue in your browser, you may want to make a note of the new url which is http://62.32.98.6/S10312UKDiscovery/OPAC/Index.aspx

 

I hope you find the new SOGCAT to be of help in searching the contents of our unique library.

 

Tim Lawrence

Head of Library Services

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Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

 

The Society of Genealogists offers heartiest congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, 2012

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News from the London Probate Office and updates to post 1858 wills online

I couldn’t attend the recent meeting of the users of the London Probate Registry at First Avenue House as I was teaching at the Society, so I am grateful to SoG Trustee Di Bouglas  for her report of the meeting. It can be read in full on her blog. It’s well worth reading this and her previous post on proposed developments to put the English and Welsh probate calendars online and to digitise SOME of the documents themselves.

 

Though not fully searchable across all years it seems the eventual online indexes will be free and ultimately up to date.  Finally there is the prospect of an online order facility. It’s clear the service is affected by having the Calendars finally and fully  searchable from 1858-1941 on Ancestry.co.uk. With no replacement for the current director of the London search room being appointed in the near future, no matter how the service tries to scotch rumours of its closure I find it difficult to believe the Probate Registry at First Avenue House will maintain a public search room for the foreseeable future

 

Else Churchill

Genealogist

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