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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.

Heading up to London again

12 Jun

Tomorrow I venture up to London again, and I have a long list of things to find out, but I realise I am not going to fit it all in, so I am going to have to be selective about what I want to achieve.

I was hoping to get up to London early so I could visit Soho and get some photos of  the streets where Thomas KINGHORN lived, before it gets too busy. I don’t think I am going to have the time for that, because I want to take advantage of two archives that are not open every Saturday, but are this weekend.

Firstly I want to make brief a visit to the London Metropolitan Archives to look for a baptism for Edward GASSON (son of my 3x great grandparents) in the parish of Edmonton, Middlesex. Possibly also any rate books which might identify the exact location where they were living.

Secondly, I plan to head to the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA)  and start digging for information on Thomas KINGHORN. This could be tricky, as I have very little hard evidence to go on, so I may well spend several hours searching to no avail. I do have a few ideas for where to start so it may not be a total loss.

If I do have any time left over I will probably head for the London Family History Centre again, and try and get some more answers on Henry WRIGHT and his family.

It may also be worth me popping into the Society of Genealogist’s Library before heading to the BPMA, and having a look at the Carlisle monumental inscriptions as they may provide so more data on Thomas KINGHORN.

I am worn out just thinking about it (or is that because I walked home again tonight?), I shall probably be asleep on the train before it even leaves London for home!

The Family History Event

3 May

Today I attended The Family History Event at the Barbican Centre, London and it turned out to be a really good day, despite a few hiccups getting there (nearly missed the bus and the train broke down before it had even started), which meant I didn’t have as long there as I would have liked.

The show was held in Exhibition Hall 2, which was conveniently close to the Barbican Underground Station (I checked out the route with Google Street View) and although from the outside the building was not particularly appealing, it was perfectly OK inside. Likewise the streets outside were not particularly busy (I was expecting more people), but that was because everyone else was already inside.

There was a surprisingly large number of family history societies represented, in fact more than I would have thought actually existed. There was a good cross section of the entire country represented, as well as occupations and one-name studies.

The 1911 census stand from findmypast.com was really the only large commercial stand, but as sponsors of the event that was to be expected. Ancestry.co.uk and Deceased Online were the only other major online providers that I noticed, and they both had quite modest stands on the upper floor. This really was a day for the family history societies to take centre stage.

For me the best part was the opportunity to have a guided tour of the Society of Genealogists library, which was just a short walk away, about half a mile, which in my terms is a very short walk (having done nearly 13½ miles on Friday).

We were shown the three floors of the library and learnt about the types of records held there and how to use their catalogue. It occurred to me that this could be just the place to visit for some of my Carlisle research (I made a mental note to check their catalogue online when I got home).

I didn’t have time to check out any of the food and drink back at the show, or attend any of the lectures (which were almost fully booked by the time I got there), so I can’t comment on them, except to say that it all appeared well organised.

I took the opportunity to discuss some of my research with some of the societies (like the Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection), although this pretty much confirmed what I already suspected, that I probably wouldn’t be able to find out much more than I already knew.

I resisted the temptation to spend lots of money filling my bookshelves and CD rack, despite there being lots on offer and some great deals to be had on many stalls.

All in all it was a good event, well organised and it looked well attended. It was probably more beneficial to me than the Who Do You Think You Are Live show earlier this year (and half the price to get in) and I am sure many of the other visitors would agree. I really hope this becomes a regular feature of the genealogy calendar.

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