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Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Conference 2011 – call for papers

Breaking the Barriers – innovative genealogy in the 20th & 21st centuries


Proposals will be accepted starting 1 May 2010 for the Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Conference, Breaking the Barriers, to be held at The Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, 5 St James’s Terrace, London SW1A 1LP on Saturday 7th May 2011.

The conference lectures will be a celebration of the past century of genealogy and the Society of Genealogists and will look forward to the future of the subject. The conference will include a full day of lectures, networking luncheons, and workshops featuring nationally and internationally known genealogical speakers. To learn more about forthcoming news on the conference and other centenary celebrations see the SoG Centenary Conference Blog and web pages

Deadline for Submissions — 31 July 2010

Conference Themes
The Society is inviting submissions for papers and presentations on a variety of themes and expects submission topics to include, amongst others:

How the SoG has affected genealogy
Expanding the frontiers in genealogy
The development of genealogy. Then and now and what next?
Expanding the frontiers in genealogy
Problem solving. Breaking the barriers in genealogy
London research and London problems
Technological innovation in genealogy (with a particular look at British innovation).
Social themes from 2011, the end of the Edwardian Age ¬ – Women’s suffrage, pensions etc

General genealogical topics including methodology, skills building, record analysis, problem solving and writing family history

Sessions are generally limited to fifty minutes plus a ten-minute question-and-answer session. Syllabus material (word documents or PDF files), due in early 2011, is required for each lecture or workshop presentation

Guidelines
Anyone wishing to submit a talk for the conference should contact the conference team genealogy@sog.org.uk who will supply a conference proposal form which should include the following information:

• Speaker’s full name, address, telephone and email address.
• Lecture title, not to exceed fourteen words, and a brief but comprehensive outline
• Short summary of the lecture; word count not to exceed 100 words, which will be used in the program, if selected.
• Brief speaker biography, not to exceed 100 words.
• Resume of recent lectures given by the speaker. Those who have not spoken previously at a regional or national conference are encouraged to submit an audio or video tape of a recent lecture.

Speakers are expected to use an electronic presentation program. Such as Powerpoint. The SoG will provide the data projector, VGA cable, stand and power. Talks using OHPs will NOT be accepted.

Individuals may submit any number of proposals. SoG members will be given first consideration as speakers.

Completed proposal forms must be e-mailed to genealogy@sog.org.uk  with the subject: 2011 SoG Family History Conference-Call for Papers.
Selected speakers will be notified in August 2010. Speakers will receive a complimentary full conference registration

Compensation by the Society of Genealogists

Speakers selected by the SoG, and who are not sponsored elsewhere, will receive a speakers fee and reasonable travel expenses, within the UK, agreed in advance with the SoG.

Sponsorship opportunities
Sponsorship for individual lectures and lecturers may be agreed with the Society. Speakers who have their sessions sponsored will receive a complimentary one-day conference registration. Compensation and travel expenses are at the discretion of the sponsoring organization.

Questions  – Contact the Conference Team on genealogy@sog.org.uk  

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A series of four talks aimed at beginners to genealogy who have little prior knowledge of the basic sources. It is also suitable for those who wish to refresh their skills and learn how to access the records and their indexes online. Each session will provide a background to the records and demonstrate how they can be used to their best advantage through the internet.

PROGRAMME
10.30-Getting Started: Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths
11.45  Tea/coffee
12.00  Census returns 1841-1911
1.00  Lunch (not provided)
2.00  Church registers and their indexes
3.30 Tea/coffee
3.45 Probate records

5:00 Finish

with Dr. Geoff Swinfield, £30.00 /£24.00 SoG members, must be pre-booked, through our website or telephone: 020 7553 3290. Do you have a question? email the Events department.

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Family Tree Maker Software Courses at the Society of Genealogists 17 April 2010

Family Tree Maker Advanced1 300x294 Family Tree Maker Software Courses at the Society of Genealogists 17 April 2010

Family Tree Maker Software

Family Tree Maker Software half-day course for beginners from 10:30am-1pm and a half-day course for advanced users from 2-5pm.

The introductory lesson will teach the essentials skills for creating, upgrading and maintaining your family tree in Family Tree Maker 2009. Through practical demonstration and discussion, new users and owners of previous versions will learn to effectively use all the various components of this latest version. (To give the most time to the 2009 features, we will not be discussing previous versions of Family Tree Maker unless it pertains to the 2009 program).
Price £17.50 (£14.00 SoG members) for each course.
To book, telephone 020 7553 3290, email events@sog.org.uk or book online

Our tutor, Mike Bollinger has been teaching adult computer courses for the past 20 years. He is currently a computer instructor at the Handsworth Community Forum in Sheffield, as well as owner of Computer House Calls, an onsite computer servicing business. Mike’s knowledge and love of the Family Tree Maker program has grown from his enjoyment in using the software in researching his own family history. You will find Mike’s style of teaching enjoyable and entertaining as well as his ability to explain technical topics in plain English.

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Using pay-per-view websites for Family History

Friday, 12 Nov. at 2:00
A hands-on way to learn to use internet “pay-per-view” websites at the Society of Genealogists. Use of the websites are free with course tuition. It is advisable to bring some family history research to do and a memory stick to save your work. This is a tutorial with Alec Tritton £12.00 (£9.50 SoG members). Please note the society library is closed to research this day and only those attending the tutorial will be allowed to undertake internet research as part of the course.

To book telephone 020 7553 3290, email events@sog.org.uk or book online

Out and About with the Society of Genealogists

P1020074 thumb Out and About with the Society of GenealogistsAs part of its lecture and education program, the Society carries out a number of outside visits and walks. Today I was lucky enough to attend an outside visit to the parish church of St. Bartholomew the Great in London excellently conducted by the Verger.

This Norman church is said to be the oldest church building in London, founded by Rahere, a courtier of Henry I in 1123. It has been the scene of many films and TV series, such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, the latest being the current Sherlock Holmes film in cinemas as I write. The church is just a little way out of the City walls in Smithfield which was originally a field used for jousting and a venue for executions and of course well known today as the site of London’s former cattle market.

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The building has gone through many changes and today it is possible to see some of the original 12th Century church with many of the additions that have taken place up to and including the 20th Century.The original Priory was surrendered to the tyrant King Henry VIII who passed them on to Sir Richard Rich who took up residence in the Prior’s House. Under “bloody” Mary it became a Dominican convent until an Act of Parliament of 1559 once again restored it to a Parish Church.

P1020065 thumb Out and About with the Society of Genealogists The church had a Charnel House under the Sanctuary which today is a dressing room. Here we saw some of the vestments that are quite old and only used on special occasions such as a rose coloured set used on Mothering Sunday.

The visit finished with a look at fifteen minute film about the church and a fascinating look at some photographs showing the graveyard and local Elizabethan housing from 1877;  then off to the tea room in the Cloisters for a well deserved cup of tea!

The church is open to visitors most days and charges £4 for entry but of course you will have to look around yourself and not get the expert commentary of the Verger or the camaraderie in company with other Society members. In fact the next two outside visits to Lambeth Palace and Goldsmiths’ Hall are both fully booked, and the next after that is the visit to Wesley’s Chapel on 31st March 2010.

I highly recommend an afternoon or day out led by the Society but suggest you book early  to avoid disappointment!

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