The Society of Genealogists has been asked to pass on this call for anyone interested in history and genealogy to act as participants for a web usability study. The study will take place between Monday 19th March and Friday 19th April and will culminate in a 60-minute interview in either Brighton (on Friday 20th April) or Manchester (on Tuesday 24th April). The SoG can’t disclose full details of the research but we can assure you that it’s bona fide.

The study will involve documenting your historical research activities in order to improve an online service for searching an extensive collection of records held across a range of archives. People often find taking part in such usability studies interesting and rewarding. By taking part in this study you will not only get a chance to explore a developing online search facility, but will be able to actively help improve the service for researchers like yourself.

You don’t need to be an experienced researcher to take part and if you know anyone else who might be interested please pass the message on.

There will be a cash incentive for taking part in the study.

If you are interested, please answer a few questions about yourself here:

For more information about the study, please contact Emma O’Sullivan,

For more information about the organisation carrying out the research, please visit


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