We’re delighted to say that the SoG has been nominated in the category of best genealogy service provider in the 50+ Awards 2012 and we’re unashamedly encouraging all our members and friends to vote for us – as we are really chuffed to bits.
The 50+ Awards 2012
The 50+ Awards 2012 are organised and presented by the 50+ Show, and are solely based on the internet nominations and votes of those who are aged 50+.
The 50+ Awards showcase the best that life has to offer for those who are 50+.
Following a public nomination phase, shortlists of the most nominated in each category are available on the 50+ website http://www.50plus-Awards.com
Voting is now open: Voting closes on 30 June.
We are also told that three lucky voters will be selected at random after the voting closes on 30 June, to receive one of three £50 vouchers.
The winners of the 50+ Awards will be announced and the prizes presented at the 50+ Awards Gala Awards Reception on 13 July at Olympia. For more information on the 50+ Awards, sponsorships and tickets for the Gala Awards Reception visit the 50+Award nominations pages http://www.50plus-Awards.com
Thanks for voting.
In a new BBC TV series presented by Michael Wood, The Great British Story looks at history through the eyes of ordinary people, uncovering what life was like for everyday Britons over the last 1600 years. The Society of Genealogists will be taking part in the largest of the local BBC road-shows linking in with the series. Come and meet the SoG and ask us about tracing your family history and get help and advice from Family History Experts, the SoG Census Detectives, SoG authors and local family historians.
The Great British Story: Bexley
A free BBC local history event.
Saturday 23 June 2012, 10am – 4pm
Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, DA5 1PQ
This is a ticketed event and tickets are only availlable from the BBC events website. Apply for your FREE tickets here, or by calling 03709 011227
For map and more information about the Great British Story Events see the BBC website events pages
Now it’s your chance to get involved! Come along to a BBC local history event, discover Bexley’s fascinating history and learn how to delve into your own past. Find out more about family history, archaeology, oral history, artefacts and local heritage.
Find YOUR place in history:
· Listen to historian, broadcaster and writer Michael Wood discussing The Great British Story
· Track down your ancestors with help and advice from family history experts and hear Else Churchill from the Society of Genealogists talk on Finding Your London Ancestors
· Learn how experts conserve and protect treasures from the Museum of London
· Find out how to date your old photos, if you’ve inherited an family photo bring it along to find out more
· Learn how to discover the history of your home using local archive sources
· Discover Bexley’s archaeological treasures and show your own mystery finds to our experts
· Explore the history of Bexley through local heroes, landmarks, working lives and industrial heritage
· Take part in a reminiscence session and share your memories of working in and around the Thames Gateway
· Plus a full programme of talks will run throughout the day
and much more…
The event is open to ticket holders only. Apply for free tickets by visiting bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/events or by calling 03709 011227
Please note the SoG does not have tickets for this event
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.
Well, another eventful show at Olympia has been a great success for the Society of Genealogists. I’m glad to say The Society remains integral to the event having continued our partnership with the new owners BBC Bristol Magazines (now Immediate Media). New owners mean new features and tweaks to the event while retaining its essential personality and ethos.
The new colour scheme with the dayglo pink carpet was a bit dazzling to the eyes but more importantly expansion into further parts of the upstairs gallery and a subtle readjustment to the table plan meant significantly wider aisles and more space to walk about. Attendance figures were slightly up on 2011, which is remarkable considering the economy. The show continues to try to strike a balance to provide attractions for the beginner and the more advanced genealogists. As well as using our own newly designed stand to recruit new members, promote the Society and sell our products, the SoG organises all the talks and presentations in the Show Studios (note another change of name) and of course provides remarkable expert consultations and help to the hordes who queue for answers to their questions upstairs in the gallery. The Society of Genealogists’ Family History Show itself is a key area within the vast space that is Olympia National Hall and the exhibitors from local societies, archives and smaller venues still have a distinct space for themselves independent of the more commercial companies. This means that the Society’s name is well represented on banners and signs all around the show, and the event remains the best place for us to recruit and sign up lots of new members. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helps us to do this – staff and volunteers alike. You are an astonishing team.
The Celebrity Theatre was as popular as ever and I hear (though of course I was far too busy to go myself ) that Emilia Fox’s account of her experiences as a participant in the Who Do You Think You Are? TV show was very moving. The audience was delighted that she was joined on stage by her Father Edward Fox and her mother Joanna David was in the audience. I, however, was more delighted that some of the SoG talks in the Theatre afterwards attracted even more attendees than the celebrities with some of our talks having people sitting on the floor at the back of the theatre as ALL the seats were taken. It was also a great move to have tables and chairs outside the gallery studios so you could sit or stand outside to listen in if the studio itself was full. I think some of the quiet moments on the main floor during the show are attributable to the fact that up to about 600 people on average were attending the talks each session. I have to thank all our speakers who gave their time and expertise freely – especially those who travelled from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Europe, Israel, USA and Canada to be with us. The programme was varied and many of the handouts and slides from the presentations will be found free of charge on the SoG website show pages www.sog.org.uk . Video clips from some of the talks will also appear on the Who Do You Think You Are? Live website.
New features at the show include a much larger military history and memorabilia area, photo dating booths and a fascinating section on ancestral trades, crafts and occupations with displays from rural museums. If you had nurses, postmen or coal miners in your family (like me) there was a lot to look at. Ancillary services and products from archival supplies, photographic scanning and producers of software and charts were doing a roaring trade as usual. This year Ancestry.co.uk’s stands were large white and elegant and very busy. The staff from Findmypast.co.uk were loud and funny with excellent costumes. Both stands had free access to databases and lots of fascinating presentations. TV Expert Eric Knowles was kept busy giving personal Antiques Roadshow consultations for those who bought their family heirlooms along and I wandered longingly past the Moorcroft pottery stand several times trying to convince myself to invest in some beautiful objects (and the Moorcroft stall holders did very well I am told – though sadly not from me in the end). The gourmet sausage stand was excellent and busy as usual but the show’s traditional Italian ice cream stand was sorely missed.
Readers may be aware that the Society of Genealogists is very active in the Social Networking world of Twitter, Facebook and Blogs. This year we encouraged Social Networkers to make ourselves public and meet up and 50 of us wore our colourful “Follow Me” best-in-show tweeter and blogger rosettes all weekend. Many of us tweeted live throughout the show and there are a huge number of bloggers who mentioned the show and gave daily round ups. Social Networking was the focus of the keynote talk from My Heritage’s Lawrence Harris and expert panel contributors included Internet guru Peter Christian FSG, Google experts Dan Lynch and Lisa Louise Cooke, and D Josh Taylor the new genealogy expert for Findmypast’s American venture. Then nearby Hilton Hotel and Pizza express at Olympia remain focal meeting places (as does the Hand and Flower Pub opposite) and I was delighted to attend receptions generously hosted by Findmypast and the US Association of Professional Genealogists [APG] (though I have to admit I was an accidental gate crasher on the latter but graciously welcomed by their President Kenyatta D. Berry.) It was most amusing to witness SoG Trustee Nick Barratt’s passion for Liverpool football club as friends, volunteers and some SoG Trustees retired to the pub on Sunday after we had dismantled and pack off home all the SoG stand at the end of the show).
Who Do You Think You Are? Live is THE place to go to hear and meet the experts and see what’s coming up in our world. SoG Trustee Nick Barratt and SoG Fellow Peter Christian both looked into their crystal balls and predicted an interesting slant on how mobile technology, more open data and greater collaboration will be game changers (though I would point out that what is now call “crowd sourcing” has been going on for years within the genealogical community as volunteer projects). I look forward to investigating if new genealogy portals like Mocavo really will enhance my online genealogy searching experience. I was impressed with some of the smaller niche source data sites that were exhibiting their wares – especially Peter McCracken’s Shipindex.org that led me to links about a ship that transported my 2X Great Uncle to Tasmania in the 1840s.
As you would expect gossip and rumour flourish at any event. I was delighted that our friend (and recipient of the SoG’s Prince Michael of Kent Award for services to genealogy), Wall to Wall TV’s Chief Exec, Alex Graham could confirm that a new 10 episode series of the UK Who Do You Think You Are? Show is currently being filmed and another has been commissioned, thus scotching rumours of its demise. Who Do You Think You Are? Live itself continues to flourish and has announced the date of the next show on 22-24 Feb 2013. They have plans for a very exciting future in partnership with the Society of Genealogists – which I guess means a lot of hard work for all of us in the future.