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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011: handouts on the SoG website

2 Mar

Those of you who missed the fun and excitement of Who Do You Think You Are? Live last weekend will be pleased to hear that whilst you may not be able to recreate the fun and excitement, you can experience some of the learning opportunities that were available at show.

The Society of Genealogists have uploaded a selection of handouts from presentations and workshops to their website.

To be honest the learning opportunities are quite varied, some are quite detailed whilst other are just a few pages. Some of them are just slides from the presentations and without the rest of the presentation don’t make a lot of sense. Some are lists of websites and other sources mentioned in the presentations.

In other words it is quite a mixed bag of material, but well worth checking out to see what you might have missed.

 

NEWS: Society of Genealogists’ collection now online at findmypast.co.uk

5 Jan

What better way to mark the start of the Society of Genealogists‘ centenary year than with the release of 9 million records from their collection on findmypast.co.uk? If that wasn’t enough, the SoG are now providing free access to findmypast.co.uk (including the 1911 census) for users of their library.

The first batch of records features the following collections:

  • 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
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1750-1800

These records are only indexes or transcripts but in some cases it is possible to order copies of some of the originals from the SoG. Previous collaborations between the two organisations have resulted in the publication online of the Civil Service Evidence of Age and Great Western Railway Shareholder records and according to the press release from findmypast and the SoG there is still more to come:

In the coming weeks further records will be added to the website including Bank of England Wills Extracts containing 60,500 names, including images, and Apprentices of Great Britain containing 350,000 names.

It is great that these records are being released to a wider audience, these and the other collections and resources of the SoG really do deserve to be better known and utilised, personally as a member of the society I am guilty myself of not making the most of these resources.

Was your ancestor a shareholder in the Great Western Railway?

12 May

Findmypast.co.uk have made available the Great Western Railway Shareholder Index, originally compiled by the Society of Genealogists. According to Findmypast the index doesn’t include every shareholder of the GWR, but amongst the 570,464 records it does include details of around "440,000 shareholders and related parties, such as executors and spouses."

The index was originally created by the Society of Genealogists and has now been linked to "full colour scanned images" of the original ledgers. The ledgers record the transfer of shares by means other than by simple sale.

Many of the records relate to a transfer of shares brought about by the death of a shareholder, so if you are lucky you might find details of the death and probate of the individual, along with the number of shares held and the new owner.

Perhaps not surprisingly it doesn’t look like any of my ancestors were shareholders of the GWR. A quick search of the collection’s index failed to find anyone who was even remotely connected to me, still it was worth checking.

Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: The Workshops

13 Mar

In this series of posts I hope to provide you with some of the highlights from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.

There were a wide range of workshops over all three days of the show. There were seven simultaneous strands (including the Ancestry.co.uk Academy and TheGenealogist).

By my reckoning there were 145 talks (not including the Sunday Conference)across all three days, some of these were duplicates, for instance, all the celebrity interviews took place twice, and most of the talks at the Ancestry.co.uk Academy and TheGenealogist were repeated on all three days.

I could only attend a fraction of the talks on offer, and those that I did were excellent presentations. I didn’t attend any of the SOG (Society of Genealogists) Regional, DNA Workshop, Ancestry.co.uk Academy or TheGenealogist talks, either through clashes in the programme or lack of relevance to my research.

My only complaint would be with the screens in SOG2 and SOG3 which were a bit too low, so the bottom of the screen was not visible from the back of the audience.

The Society of Genealogists have made available a selection of handouts or notes from some of the speakers on their website. Although it is not the same as attending the talks in person, there is still some interesting information and useful resources there, well worth taking the time to have a look through. Some of the highlights are:

  • More Than Scraps and Paste (Maureen Taylor)
  • My top 10 websites (John Hanson)
  • World War One Army Service Records (Chris Watts)
  • My ancestor was a shopkeeper (Sue Gibbons)
  • Using the census records online (Peter Christian)
  • Finding and Using Parish Records (Else Churchill)
  • Looking at family pictures 1850-1940 (Jayne Shrimpton)

Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: SOG Family History Show

12 Mar

In this series of posts I hope to provide you with some of the highlights from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.

The Society of Genealogists Family History Show has now become an integral part of Who Do You Think You Are? Live. It provides the opportunity to meet (and question) various family history societies and suppliers.

SOG Family History Show

The stands may have been smaller down this end of the hall than down the other end, but that doesn’t lessen the value of these exhibitors. These are the people with specialist knowledge, and if by any chance they don’t have the answer to your question they will almost certainly be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.

SOG Family History Show 2010

The Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 website lists the exhibitors at the SOG Family History Show, where you can click on the links and find out more about each exhibitor as well as contact details and a link to their website.

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