Thursday, 28 May 2009

Society of Genealogists workshop - My Ancestor was Scottish

A big thanks to the Society of Genealogists in London, and in particular to Mike and Lori, for their hospitality yesterday when I was down giving a couple of talks. Also thanks to everyone who turned up for the talks!

It was my first visit to the SoG, and I was extremely impressed with the set up, and in particular at the amount of Scottish material that is held in its library, which ranges from compiled Scottish pedigrees to copies of vital records, as well as an impressive range of books. The society's holdings can be viewed via its online catalogue, SOGCAT, accessible through

The Society is running a day long workshop on Saturday 30th May, from 10.30am to 5.00pm entitled "My Ancestor was Scottish", essentially an introduction to how we do things differently up here genealogically. The programme is as follows:

10.30 A look at vital BMD records, census and OPR records found at ScotlandsPeople, both online and at the centre in Edinburgh (Alan Stewart)

12.00 Wills and Inventories, and other records currently being digitised (Alan Stewart)

2.00 Scottish nobility and heraldry (Peter Beauclerk Dewar)

3.30 Scottish sources held at the SoG (Else Churchill)

4.45 Q&A (Else Churchill)

The cost for the day is £24 for members, £30 for non-members, and tickets can be booked through the website. (Bring a packed lunch!)

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