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October Book of the Month – Society of Genealogists, a Century of Family History

The centenary celebrations of the Society of Genealogists continue apace in October, with the Centenary Lecture given by Patric Dickinson, President of the Society, at the Swedenborg Institute on the 18th of the month. In addition, we are delighted to offer our commemorative publication, Society of Genealogists – a century of family history, as our book of the month for October. This is a great opportunity to purchase this wonderful retrospective of the society’s first 100 years at a discounted price throughout the month of October. Our book of the month is available at £18 to members, and £20 to non-members from the society’s bookshop, and online at www.sog.org.uk

This offer ends on 31/10/11 and does not apply to trade orders.

My Ancestor was a Studio Photographer

Newly published by the Society of Genealogists, My Ancestor was a Studio Photographer, by Robert Pols is a new book  written to assist in the research of ancestors who were engaged in commercial studio photography. Photography was very much a growth industry in the Victorian era, with 6000 entries on the PhotoLondon database for phographers in the London area alone between 1841 and 1901. This book will help family historians and researchers in locating sources relating to these uniquely skilled ancestors. The book also suggests places to search for surviving examples of the work produced by these photographers.

After a career in further education and industrial journalism, Robert Pols now writes about early photographs and photography. The Author of several books on the subject, he also contributes a regular Photo Detective feature to Family History Monthly magazine.

My Ancestor was a Studio Photographer is available from the Society of Genealogists bookshop and online at www.sog.org.uk/orderline/software.shtml, price £9.99.

 

British Army and Merchant Navy Ancestors

The Society of Genealogists has recently reprinted two of the most popular titles in its My Ancestors series. My Ancestor was a Merchant Seaman by Christopher and Michael Watts (£9.99), is recognised as an authoritative work on tracing ancestors who served as merchant seamen. Packed with information and advice on how to access merchant seaman records, this is a comprehensive guide for family historians and genealogists alike. My Ancestor was in the British Army (£10.99), by the same authors, provides similar guidance in tracing the records of British soldiers who served from around 1660 up to the Second World War. Both books are an invaluable addition to any family historian’s library and both are available now from the society’s bookshop, and online at www.sog.org.uk. As ever, members of the Society of Genealogists receive a 10% discount on our publications.

How To Get The Most From Family Pictures – Special Offer

Subscribers to Family History Monthly magazine can currently enjoy a 10% discount off How To Get The Most From Family Pictures by Jayne Shrimpton, the latest book published by the Society of Genealogists. Simply obtain the offer code from your May 2011 issue of Family History Monthly magazine and place your order in our online shop at www.sog.org.uk. This offer ends on 04/05/11 and may not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Jayne Shrimpton’s book is essential reading for family historians researching their family pictures. This is the first book to cover inherited artworks – paintings and drawings – and silhouettes, as well as photographs. The book spans the late 18th to mid 20th centuries. Informative, fascinating and thought provoking, it explains the  techniques for accurate picture dating and offers further tips for analysing, understanding and discovering more about historical images. The author is a professional dress historian and picture specialist, with an MA in the History of Art (Dress) and is a former archive assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Now an independent writer, lecturer and consultant, she has over 20 years experience of dating and analysing pictures.

New book – How to get the most from Family Pictures

The Society of Genealogists is delighted to publish How to get the most from Family Pictures by Jayne Shrimpton. This book is essential reading for family historians researching their family pictures. This is the first book to cover inherited artworks – paintings and drawings – and silhouettes, as well as photographs. The book spans the late 18th to mid 20th centuries. Informative, fascinating and thought provoking, it explains the  techniques for accurate picture dating and offers further tips for analysing, understanding and discovering more about historical images. The author is a professional dress historian and picture specialist, with an MA in the History of Art (Dress) and is a former archive assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Now an independent writer, lecturer and consultant, she has over 20 years experience of dating and analysing picutres. How to get the most from Family Pictures is priced at £12.99, and is available from the Society’s bookshop and online at www.sog.org.uk.

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