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Special Family History Collections at the Society of Genealogists

kipling27 298x300 Special Family History Collections at the Society of GenealogistsSome of the most important items in the library of the Society of Genealogists are to be found in the mansuscripts  in the Special Collections. Housed in thousands of boxes, these collections often represent the life work of a genealogist who has researched many different families. Sometimes the work is quite scholarly or looks at families that share a common theme such as the Campling Collection, the original notes made  by Campling before publishing the pedigress as East Anglian Pedigrees. Other collections have compiled family trees for families in a specific area  such as the Rogers Collection of notes on Cornish families. The SoG has over 350 of these special collections.

New collections come into the library every week.  Often they are  the life work of a family historian bequeathed to the Society because no other family member might want the research. Each collection is sorted and listed by volunteers. Often the papers aren’t as organised as they might be when they arrive at the library. It  can be quite a daunting task to go through many boxes of notes and to make order out of chaos. It can be quite sad if family photos don’t have names or places attached to them such as these charming family photographs.

Sometimes it’s not only the family photos that can be difficult to  identify.   All sorts of ephemeral items often come in with the research notes.  Volunteers have great fun sorting the collections. It was a delight to find this fine fellow (below)  in the recent acquisition of the Helen collection. Helen Collection cat 12 238x300 Special Family History Collections at the Society of Genealogists

Surnames represented in the Society’s document collections of miscellaneous manuscript research notes, the roll pedigree collections and the birth briefs submitted by members are listed on the library section of our website. However the names in the special collections are, at present, only listed in card indexes in the lower library.

Contributing to the Society’s centenary appeal can help us continue to conserve and care for our collections. See the donations page of our website.

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Following our popular membership recruitment drive at Who Do You Think You Are? Live the Society of Genealogists is waiving the £10 administration/joining fee anyone interested in family history who becomes a member of the Society of Genealogists between April 1 and June 30 2009. This means your first year membership for UK residents* will be only £45 not £55 which makes SoG annual membership even more value for money working out at a mere 15p per day. All benefits of membership are on our website.
* Overseas membership will be only £27 not £37

Check out the full benefits of SoG membership on the Society of Genealogists website

Download your Special Offer Membership Application now  and return the completed form with your payment to our Membership Officer Jacki Ellis membership@sog.org.uk

Please note this offer has now ended but please keep an eye out  here and on our website www.sog.org.uk for future offers.

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