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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Special Society of Genealogists Offer for Exclusive Family History Conference ticket at Who Do You Think You Are? Live

If you’ve been researching your family history for years you probably know exactly what you want to get from your day at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE but have a look at the show highlights and make sure you’re making the most of your day.

We’ve created a special ticket to supply you with targeted information on advanced subjects from esteemed speakers – why not buy one of the Conference Ticket for Sunday 27th February to take advantage of a networking lounge and three exclusive seminars as well as all the other show features and workshops.

The usual price is £30* but the Society of Genealogists is delighted to be able to offer a special price of £28* for anyone booking this conference. Book tickets directly on the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE Website using the offer code CONFSOG

* £2 transaction fee applies.  Offer ends 25th February 2011. 


Sunday 27 Feb


How to make Google work harder for your family history!


With Lisa Cook

Discover innovative ways to work smarter and find more family history golden nuggets than you thought possible with the power of Google. Create a Genealogy Research Homepage. Learn quick and easy ways to follow the best genealogy Podcasts and Blogs. Make Google Your own personal genealogy research assistant with Google Alerts. We’ll make Google search the web for you 24 hours a day and provide tips for how to get Google to deliver the best results to your email inbox.



Lisa Louise Cooke is the CEO of Genealogy Gems.She produces and hosts the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show, and the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast, both available at, and in iTunes.

Lisa is the author of Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, the DVD Google Earth for Genealogy, and Genealogy Gems Premium Audio Podcast Episode digital downloads. Her newest book Google for Genealogy is set for publication Fall 2010.



Sunday 27 Feb

Surnames, DNA and Family History

With Dr Turi King

Advances in genetic technology over the last ten years have brought an exciting new element to genealogical research. Is genetics able to provide answers when the paper trail runs out?

During this lecture, Dr Turi King will speak about her work on the link between surnames and DNA, what it tells us about the history of surnames, and current research using surnames to explore population histories. This lecture covers material which forms part of the upcoming book written with Professor David Hey, and George Redmonds, entitled Surnames, DNA and Family History.

Dr. Turi King is currently working as a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester carrying out further work on the link between surnames and DNA.. Following a brief period working at Cambridge University, Turi moved back to Leicester to carry out a PhD under the supervision of Professor Mark Jobling in the Department of Genetics on a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship. Turi was awarded the School of Biological Sciences PhD Prize for her thesis entitled “The relationship between British surnames and Y- chromosomal haplotypes”.



Sunday 27 Feb

Are your ancestors frozen in time?


With Claire V. Brisson-Banks,

Inevitably there are brick walls in genealogy. These situations take extra time, effort and sometimes money to solve, giving up is not the answer. Using unusual and little known resources, thinking out of the box and taking advantage of Internet resources can be the answer to locating

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, B.S., MLIS, A.G. ®, accredited in England and a professional researcher for US/Canada, Scotland and Web 2.0 technology. Owns Timeless Genealogy and is currently on staff at the Family History Library, SLC, UT, as the Senior Staff Information Services Specialist & British Reference Consultant. She is a member of multiple societies and published in various genealogical and academic publications, a board member for both ICAPGen and CCLA and maintains multiple blogs and online social media. 

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Join the Society of Genealogists at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011

The Society of Genealogists Family History Show will again take place as part of the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE National History Show – 25-27 February 2011.

The Society will be waiving its £10 joining/administration fee for anyone who joins the Society at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2011. Come and find us at stand 1025. IMGP0365


Tickets for Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! 2011 are now on sale, starting the countdown to another packed weekend of inspiration for family historians around the country.

As well as the chance to get advice from experts, history societies and representatives from all the major online resources, famous faces from Who Do You Think You Are? will again be on hand to share their experiences of filming the TV show. As well as offering a great line-up of speakers and experts, this year’s event will be expanding into a new hall. We look forward to seeing you all there!

We’re giving you the chance to buy two adult tickets for £25 – that’s a saving of £22*! To claim this special offer and get your tickets to the country’s biggest and most comprehensive family history event, simply call 0844 873 7330 or visit the Who Do You Think You Are? Live website and quote SOG2425 today! Show tickets will also be available from the SoG bookshop as usual.

* £2 transaction fee applies. Usual ticket price £22. Two for £25 offer ends 19th February 2011.

(note this is not a BBC event)

The Society of Genealogists’ Family History Show began in 1993 at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Now in its 18th year and supported by, the Family History Show is a highlight of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE and we are delighted to be back for our fifth year working together.

As the UK’s largest collection of family history societies and specialist exhibitors, the Society of Genealogists’ Family History Show is the perfect place to learn about local research resources and have your questions answered by local and regional experts. Also featuring will be specialist researchers and businesses that can provide expertise on a range of topics and products, helping to make the Family History Show a rich resource unlike any other.

The Society of Genealogists Workshop Programme will also once more be a major feature of the event. With over 100 workshops and seminars on a range of subjects, this is a feature that no family historian can afford to miss. Tickets are free at on the day but can be pre-booked to ensure you get your place at the workshop most relevant to your search:, sponsor of the Society’s Centenary Year and now host of the SoG’s online data is one of the top family history websites, offering an extensive collection of census transcripts and images, parish and nonconformist records and a selection of unique search tools to maximise your experience using this site. Visit the team on stand 825 to find out more.

Ask the Experts – get a 20 minute one-to-one session with an expert. Ever felt like you wanted to speak to someone face to face who could help you with a problem? A visit to this area of the show is a must for anyone who is stuck and needs help or is a beginner looking to start their family history research.

The Military Pavilion will be making a welcome return to Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE. Countless family historians will have discovered military ancestors and, if you’re one of them, you can’t afford to miss it.

As well as a host of specialist exhibitors, be sure to visit the DNA Workshop, supported by Family Tree DNA, which will feature renowned international expert speakers to help you to use the latest advances in genetics to further your research.?

If you are further along with your research you could really benefit from the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Conference Ticket available on Sunday 27 February. It includes entry to three exclusive lecures and a networking longe where you will be welcomed as a Conference Ticket Holder. The exclusive lectures are:
            12.00 How to make Google Work Harder for Your Family HIstory With LIsa Cooke
            13.00 Surnames, DNA and Family History with Dr Turi King
            14.00 Are YOur Ancestors Frozen in Time with Claire V Brisson Banks

One Day Conference Ticket holders can also benefit from a complimentary “My Ancestors” Publication if you join the Society of Genealogists at the show.

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Free access to at the Society of Genealogists’ Library – now including 1911 census

Following the launch of the Society of Genealogists’ Online collection of family history records on the Society is pleased to announce free access to the full Findmypast website at the Society of Genealogists’ Library. This includes full free access to the 1911 and other census indexes and images, military and migration indexes as well as birth, marriages and deaths, parish records and specialist records – an excellent resource for any genealogist.

Among the first tranche of  9 million Society of Genealogists’ Records published online online  are:

  • Boyd’s Marriage Index containing over 7 million names from 1538 to 1840
  • Boyd’s London Burials 1538-1872 containing 240,000 names
  • Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations 1701-1850
  • St Andrew’s Holborn Marriage Index 1754-1812     
  • Vicar-General Marriage Licences Allegations 1694-1850
  • St Leonard Shoreditch Burials 1805-1858 and Workhouse Deaths 1820-1828, online for the first time
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1750-1800


The Society of Genealogists is delighted that its online collections are now available on Findmypast – the sponsors of the SoG Centenary Year. This gives us the opportunity in the future to enhance existing indexes such as the Bank of England Wills and Civil Servants Evidences of Age with images of the original documents to accompany the indexes. These images should be available later in the year and other datasets such as the Trinity House Petitions Index and Teachers Registration Council Registers will be published throughout 2011.  The online collections exemplify the variety of records that the Society of Genealogists has preserved and made available over the years that otherwise would not have been retained for family historians. The indexes launched today include some of the invaluable works of Percival Boyd such as Boyd’s Marriage Index which is still one of the largest and most comprehensive indexes of marriages of its kind.

Searchable family history indexes and transcripts have been added to the Findmypast website, and customers will be able to order copies of the originals for some of the records from the Society of Genealogists.

In the coming weeks further records will be added to the website including Bank of England Wills Extracts containing 60,500 names, including images of the documents, and Apprentices of Great Britain containing 350,000 names. has been working in partnership with the Society of Genealogists for a number of years to make the Society’s family history collection available to a wider, international audience. Earlier projects were Civil Service Evidence of Age and Great Western Railway Shareholder records.

Anyone with a full subscription to will be able to access all the records within their existing package. Otherwise they can be viewed with PayAsYouGo credits. The full Findmypast website, including access to 1911 census, military and migration indexes is  also available free to view at the Society of Genealogists’ Library.

Members of the Society of Genealogists will be able to view the records for free online via on the Society of Genealogist’s own Members Area at .  The records will be added gradually during 2011.  Until the records move over to the SoG site, members will be able to continue their free access to this data on the British Origins website after logging into that site with their existing passwords as usual.

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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:



Eneclann –

Scotlands People

Society of Genealogists

 My History

Race Online

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