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Society of Genealogists shut for New Year and Closed Week – reopens Tuesday 11 January

The Society of Genealogists will be closed from 4pm Thursday 30 December and will reopen to members and the public on Tuesday 11th January at 10am . Bookshop  and events orders can still be placed online and will be dispatched during the week commencing 11 January 2011.

During the first week of January the Society will be working on various projects in the library and stocktaking. Our first lecture when we reopen in the New Year will be on Wednesday 12 Jan at 11.30 with Tim Lawrence speaking on Using the Society of Genealogists’ Members Area Website and outlining the new developments for SoG data in the future.  Tickets for this lecture are free but can be booked online via the SoG online shop

However there is still plenty for all those who have taken part in Start Your Family Tree WeekStartYourFamilyTreeWeekimage thumb Society of Genealogists shut for New Year and Closed Week    reopens Tuesday 11 January.

Each day from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, findmypast.co.uk, sponsors of the Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Year have giving you a helping hand on your journey into your past. Look at their website for the Start Your Family Tree Week daily hints, tips and activities to help you research your family tree.

Look at the findmypast  website for the Start Your Family Tree Week daily hints, tips and activities to help you research your family tree. Discover some of the great prizes the Society of Genealogists, findmypast and other partners are offering for family historians throughout the week including*  :-

  • A day tracing your family tree with famous genealogist, Else Churchill at the Society of Genealogists in London – using the resources of the SoG and looking at aspects of their research. The prize includes return travel by train to London from within the UK and two nights’ accommodation in London for the winner and a guest
  • 1 free membership of the Society of Genealogists in our centenary year
  • 1 ticket to a day course at the Society of Genealogists, London: ‘Family History for Beginners and Refreshers’ with Geoff Swinfield on Saturday 5 March 2011.
  • Society of Genealogists‘ publications
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer by Ian Waller
    • 1 x My Ancestors were Londoners by Cliff Webb
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Apprentice by Stuart Raymond
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in Service by Pamela Horn
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in the British Army by Chris and Michael Watts
  • A free start your family history beginners session at the Society of Genealogists with community officer Ashley Young who can help anyone start using computers and get the most from free online resources at the Society of Genealogists Library, such as findmypast.co.uk and other online family history sites usually only available on pay-per view or subscription

Make it your New Year’s resolution to carry on researching your family history – imagine what you can show your family next year.

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Start Your Family Tree Week – help and tips from the Society of Genealogists

Download the free information leaflet with all the links to sources and sites to help you Start Your Family History with the Society of Genealogists

Check out the great prizes from the Society of Genealogists and the Start Your Family Tree Partners

Participants include:

Genesreunited http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/static.page/syftw

findmypast http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/start-your-family-tree-week/index

Eneclann – www.startyourfamilytree.ie

Scotlands People www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Society of Genealogists www.societyofgenealogists.com

 My History www.my-history.co.uk

Race Online www.raceonline2012.orgStart Your Family Tree Week image6 Start Your Family Tree Week    help and tips from the Society of Genealogists

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Start Your Family Tree Week – useful hints from the Society of Genealogists

Have you started your Family Tree yet? Use the Ten Tips from the Society of Genealogists to get your family history started.

Take the opportunity on Boxing Day to complete your first activity for Start Your Family History Week.  Ask all your relatives what they know about your family history.

Start Your Family Tree Week Partner findmypast.co.uk has some useful tips on interviewing family relatives  

Start Your Family Tree Week image1 Start Your Family Tree Week   useful hints from the Society of Genealogists

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Society of Genealogists and Start Your Family Tree Week

All the talk of family  history  stories around the Christmas dinner table makes the festive period the perfect time to focus on building your family tree. The Society of Genealogists has been helping family historians for 100 years and is delighted to support Start Your Family Tree Week 26 December –1 January. Follow this link for our free information leaflet  Start Your Family History with the Society of Genealogists with all the useful web links and guides to sources you need;  follow our Ten Tips for Starting Your Family History or keep the kids occupied with the challenge to record their family tree on our 4 Generation Pedigree Chart and Quiz.

Each day from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, findmypast.co.uk, sponsors of the Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Year will be giving you a helping hand on your journey into your past. Look at the findmypast  website for the Start Your Family Tree Week daily hints, tips and activities to help you research your family tree. Discover some of the great prizes the Society of Genealogists, findmypast and other partners are offering for family historians throughout the week including*  :-

  • A day tracing your family tree with famous genealogist, Else Churchill at the Society of Genealogists in London – using the resources of the SoG and looking at aspects of their research. The prize includes return travel by train to London from within the UK and two nights’ accommodation in London for the winner and a guest
  • 1 free membership of the Society of Genealogists in our centenary year
  • 1 ticket to a day course at the Society of Genealogists, London: ‘Family History for Beginners and Refreshers’ with Geoff Swinfield on Saturday 5 March 2011.
  • Society of Genealogists‘ publications
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer by Ian Waller
    • 1 x My Ancestors were Londoners by Cliff Webb
    • 1 x My Ancestor was an Apprentice by Stuart Raymond
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in Service by Pamela Horn
    • 1 x My Ancestor was in the British Army by Chris and Michael Watts
  • A free start your family history beginners session at the Society of Genealogists with community officer Ashley Young who can help anyone start using computers and get the most from free online resources at the Society of Genealogists Library, such as findmypast.co.uk and other online family history sites usually only available on pay-per view or subscription

 Start Your Family Tree Week image Society of Genealogists and Start Your Family Tree WeekMake it your New Year’s resolution to carry on researching your family history – imagine what you can show your family next year.

The Society of Genealogists would like to wish all our friends and members a very happy Christmas and  all the best for 2011 the SoG Centenary Year

*A complete list of prizes  for Start Your Family History Week and terms and conditions can be found here

The complete 1911 Census available now on Genes Reunited.

The Society of Genealogists has received the following press release.

Leading family history website www.genesreunited.co.uk has published online the complete 1911 census for England and Wales, allowing its members to view the original householder schedules for the first time.


The 1911 census records are the most detailed of any census it includes places of birth, details of siblings, occupations, how many children have been born to the marriage, how many still alive at the time of the census and how many had died. It even allows our members to view the actual handwriting of their ancestors and in full colour.

At genesreunited.co.uk it is possible to search the complete 1841-1911 censuses as well as other historical records such as birth, marriage, death and military records. The 1911 census Enumerator Summary Books have already been available since May 2010.  

Unlimited access to the 1911 census and all of the other records is included in a Platinum subscription, costing £64.95 for 6 months.  Alternatively you can view the 1911 census on a pay-per view basis.  It will cost 5 credits to view an individual transcription, 10 credits to view the household transcription and 30 credits to view the original household image (within these 30 credits you also get to view the Enumerator Summary Book).

Credits can be purchased at the following prices: £5.00 for 50 credits (credits will last for 30 days) or £17.95 for 200 credits (credits will last for 90 days)

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to offer our members the complete 1911 census for England and Wales now.  People will find this an invaluable resource for tracing their ancestors and finding out more about their family history than they knew before.”

About Genes Reunited

Genes Reunited was launched in 2003 as a sister-site to the internet phenomenon Friends Reunited. Since then it has grown to become the UK’s largest genealogy website.

It marked a revolution in genealogy and ancestry by combining them with internet social-networking. Members are able to build their family tree by posting it on the site and investigating which ancestors they share with other members. They can also search historical records such as census, birth, marriage, death and military records.

Genes Reunited has over 11 million members and over 750 million names listed. One new name is added to the site every single second.

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