MySoG Archives

Quarter Million New Entries Added to Society of Genealogists’ Data Online

Volunteers have been really busy the SoG in the last couple of months and I’m please to say we’ve uploaded approximately 250,000 new entries to the Society’s online data on MySoG plus images of another 7 poll books.

Access to the Society’s data is available exclusively to members on MySoG as part of the annual membership subscription, although a free surname search will enable non-members to see if the names they are interested in appear on MySoG. More background to the newly uploaded collection can be found in the notes on MySoG. Information about joining the Society can be found on the Society of Genealogists Website

PDF image are now available for the following poll books, comprising some of the most useful genealogical lists for the late 18th and early 19th centuries:-

Ipswich Poll Book 1820
Suffolk East Poll Book 1835
Evesham Poll book 1780
York Poll Book 1758
City of London Poll Book 1837
Newcastle upon Tyne Poll Book 1741
Norfolk West Poll Book 1865
Our volunteers continue to index furiously and the following Datasets with some 247, 000 entries have been uploaded onto MySoG.

  • Hertfordshire marriage index 1538-1837 ( 168,969 entries)
  • Index to The Great Western Railway in WW1 (3,258 entries)

This book (“The Great Western Railway in the First World War” by Sandra Gittins, published by History Press 2010) had no consolidated index, with the majority of the tabulated names divided into those receiving specific gallantry awards and a listing of all employees who died and the names on the Rolls of Honour at stations around the former GWR territory. This index makes the book much more useful, The Great Western Railway in the First World War” by Sandra Gittins, published by History Press 2010 SoG Library Shelfmark PR/RAIL

  • Holborn St Andrew marriages 1813-1837 (expanding the earlier index coverage of 1754-1812) (17,884 entries)

The church of St Andrew, Holborn is the largest of Wren’s parish churches and stands at the western end of Holborn Viaduct by Holborn Circus. It also served one of the biggest parishes in London (it actually spanned the boundary of London and Middlesex) out of which five new parishes were eventually formed. The registers are large and contain many thousands of entries, as the parish has always been a popular place to marry

  • Apprentices of Great Britain 1710-1764: Books 10 & 11 & 1773-1811: Piece 62 (46,000 entries

This is part of the on- going project to rekey and make the old index volumes easier to use. A tax was levied on Apprentices from 1710-1810 paid to the Board of Stamps. In the 1920’s the volumes for the periods 1710-1762 and 1763-1773 at the (then) Public Record Office were transcribed by members of the Society of Genealogists. The typescript index has been on the Library shelves for over 80 years, sorted alphabetically by the names of the Apprentices. The details of masters are found using the separate volumes of the Index to Masters. The original registers are in class IR1 at The National Archives, but the Society of Genealogists holds images of most of the pieces on CD or film. To access the details of Apprentices, it is essential to use the index, as the original is in chronological order or the date when the tax was paid to the Board of Stamps.

Work started at the beginning of 2010 and is now in progress by volunteers from the Society of Genealogists to enter the details contained in the original work by the Society of Genealogists on to a database to make the records of a century of apprentices accessible to a wider audience. Having acquired a set of films of the later work towards the end of 2010, the images from the films are being transcribed at the same time as work progresses on re-keying the original work.

  • Index to Archdeaconry Court of London wills 1750-1781 (1338 entries)


  • Association Oath Roll for Monmouth 1696 (226 entrie

Following a Jacobite plot against William III, an Act of Association required all office holders to take a solemn Oath of Association vowing to combine with others ‘for the better preservation of His Majesty’s royal person and government’. Although intended for office holders, the Oath rolls were open for all to sign and in many places most males of some age and standing did so. The originals are held at the National Archives in class C 213, whilst the returns for Monmouthshire are in piece numbers 176-180. This transcript, donated to the Society by Denzil Hollis in 1948 is described as being for ‘The County of Monmouth’. However it is not clear whether this lists inhabit ants of the town of Monmouth, or the county of Monmouthshire.

  • Some Scottish rebels of the 1745 Rebellion

These two lists of Scottish Rebels of the 1745 Rebellion were transcribed from the Patent Rolls of King George II in 1747, held at the National Archives (Class CC 66-3625). They contain the following:

Folio 21 List of Rebels Pardoned on condition of enlistment in Admiral Boscawen’s 12 Independent Companies (sent to fight in India)

Folio 14 List of Rebels Pardoned on Condition of Transportation to the American Colonies.

  • Surname studies on the following surnames by Michael J E Gater:
    Bower (1019 entries)
    Jenks (2120 entries)
    Russell (1418 entries)
    Swancott (813 entries)
    Tassell (2337 entries)
    Usborne (1885 entries)

Information for these studies has been taken from various sources over a period of 40 years. Where the original record has been consulted the exact entry has been given. However it has been necessary to condense some of the longer entries (Census records for example), and in all instances researchers should check the original source. No guarantee is given for any possible errors or omissions which may have occurred during the transcription and typing process of the index. When research on this name commenced, many of the original records were held by the individual parish. The source reference, therefore, merely indicates the record and does not state where it is held at the present time.



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New Society of Genealogists Family History Collection – Business Index published on line

We’re now tantalisingly close to discovering who Lord Alan Sugar will choose to be his next business partner, with the final of The Apprentice hitting our screens on Sunday. The Society of Genealogists also got the business bug as we’ve just published the Business Index Collection in association with the Findmypast.

The Society of Genealogists Business Index Collection is also available to SoG members via MySoG on the Society’s website


The record collection is made up of a selection of 17 books and trade dictionaries produced in different areas of the UK from 1893 – 1927, with 9,757 records showcasing businesses and prominent people of the late Victorian era and early twentieth century. You can find out more detailed information about the Business Index Collection.

The records are a superb family history resources. They can provide a lot of detail about your ancestors’ lives, often including a photograph and a short biography which will detail their education and experience, memberships of corporations and clubs, their hobbies or leisure activities as well as any charities they may have been involved with.

Else Churchill, Genealogical Officer at the Society of Genealogists, explains:

“The Business Index directories complement other family history sources such as censuses or birth, marriage and death records. While these records may merely state trade or occupation, the Business Index can include exactly what your ancestor did and often include potted histories of the family business, showing when it was founded and the generations of the family members who worked together. These stories put flesh on the bones of our ancestors. Society of Genealogists volunteers have been working hard to make these rare directories from its extensive library collections more readily available for the genealogists and we are delighted to be able to publish this first set of data.” 

Women in Business

We’ve had a hunt through the Business Index Collection and have found a number of successful women included, particularly around the early 1900s. This is fairly surprising considering the historical context of the records. It was not until 1928 that women were granted the right to vote on the same terms as men and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge had only opened their degrees to women some eight years earlier.

The successful businesswomen featured in the records include:


Helena Normanton – The first woman to practise as a barrister in the UK when she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1922.BusinessIndex_NotablePersonalities1927_305-Normanton_HELENA alone



Irene Barclay – The first woman in Britain to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Barclay helped to set up a number of housing associations around the country, improving living conditions for many people. 

Dame Lilian Braithwaite – Celebrated actress who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Downhill and Noel Coward’s play The Vortex.

Marion Lyon – The Advertisement Manager of Punch magazine and the only woman to hold a position of this nature in the early twentieth century.

Radclyffe Hall – Author of The Well of Loneliness, a novel about a lesbian relationship published in 1928. The book was declared obscene and was withdrawn from sale.




Lilian Baylis – Manager of the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells theatres. Baylis also ran an opera company that later became the English National Opera, a theatre company that became the Royal National Theatre and a ballet company that became the Royal Ballet.

Debra Chatfield,’s Marketing Manager, comments:

“The Business Index Collection shows us that while our female ancestors were fighting for the right to vote and to go to university, countless women were already business leaders. This is all the more amazing when you consider that today, fewer than 14% of FTSE 100 board positions are held by women.”

Search the Business Index Collection now to see if any of your ancestors are included!

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Society of Genealogists launches MySoG – members’ access to online genealogy data and much more

Members of the Society of Genealogists can now login to MySoG.


The Society of Genealogists has launched an enhancement to the website called MySoG. You will find a link on the top right hand banner on all pages on the Society of Genealogists website

 What is MySoG?


MySoG currently allows Members, who want to, to update some of their personal details, to renew their membership using secure online payment options and to access to the Society of Genealogists Family History Data Online (previously known as the Members’ Area). It will also improve the Society’s communications as members will be able to provide current email addresses. So please do take the opportunity to update your information.


 How do I start?

To use MySog for the first time you must follow the instructions in the letter sent to all Members in early February 2011 (and by Airmail to overseas Members). This explains how first to validate your membership to access MySog and obtain a password which is sent by email. To validate you will need to input the two different numbers on the front and back of your membership card.You can then login once the validation has been completed. Please note any Usernames and Password used in the past to access the old “Members’ Area” or SoG Data on Origins are not valid to access MySoG. Your MySoG access details are not valid on either of those facilities so you must follow the instructions that have been sent to you. If you have not received the letter or have any problems please email Please avoid using other email addresses or telephoning the SoG. The support facility is managed off-site and outside opening hours.


Once you have completed the validation process and received your password you may log into MySoG.


Once logged-in access is available to existing SoG online datasets which during the next few months will provide unlimited access to those datasets previously only available for a 72 hour period each quarter. Until then Members can still access the data using British Origins using your Orgins login and password but once all the data has migrated onto MySoG the Society’s contract with Origins will come finally to an end and our data will no longer be available on that site.


What will I find on MySoG?

Firstly MySoG will enable Members to ensure we have the correct information and contact details including email addresses. MySoG can also be used renew membership subscriptions and check payments and direct debit information. There is a “contact us” page to send specific questions on a range of topics.

During the next few months MySoG will be enhanced to give access to a new online bookshop (also available to non-members) where Members can obtain discounts on Society of Genealogists’ family history publications and other benefits. Members will also be able reserve places and receive tickets for the wide range of family history courses, lectures, tutorials and other events with membership discounts automatically applied. Additional facilities are expected to be added during 2011. In the meantime Members can order books and tickets for events using the existing online shop


What SoG data is online on MySoG?

As well as the existing datasets previously available in the members’ area of the website, the Society has been uploading those datasets that were formerly available on British Origins. So far the following have been added –

Boyd’s London burials (found under Middlesex parish registers)

PCC wills 1750-1800 (found under wills)

Vicar General marriage licences (found under Marriage Licences)

Faculty Office marriage licences (found under Marriage Licences)

St Leonard’s Shoreditch burials 1805-58 (found under Middlesex parish registers)

St Andrew Holborn marriages 1754-1812 (found under Middlesex parish registers)


By May it is hoped that those remaining indexes such as Boyd’s Marriage Index will also be available along with data sets that have accompanying images. These include Apprentices of Great Britain index volumes, Teachers Registration Council registers, Boyd’s Inhabitants of London, Trinity House Petitions Calendars and the Bank of England Wills abstracts.

All SoG data available on will be available to members on MySoG and this will include the indexes and ultimately the images of the Civil Service Evidences of Age and the GWR shareholders index.

Keep an eye on MySoG as data and enhancements are added in the next few months. Don’t forget you can use the free surname search of the SoG Data Online so you can quickly check if any new sources include the surnames you are researching before logging into MySoG

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