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6205Re: Society of Genealogists

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  • mcleanr2m@netidea.com
    Nov 5, 2010
      Hi Rene;

      I can remember being in London and went to the SOG signing in for an hour.
      It was the worst hour of my research. It was expensive for an hour and I
      wore a card around my neck with the time on it stating when my money would
      be up. No cheating here. I lined up behind a lady who could not stop
      thumbing through a file drawer of cards and took ages to finally move on.
      I could feel my money floating away. never did find anything and yes, the
      SOG requires that you live in Greater London or close in.

      rosemarie mclean

      > An additional comment to Wendy's excellent description of information
      > available about English parishes:
      > I use Findmypast regularly. It is the only place at the moment where one
      > can
      > search the 1911 English census. A subscription would be nice, of course,
      > and
      > enable one to work at home but you might be interested to know that
      > Findmypast is available at Family History Centres free of charge. You
      > might
      > have to ask a staff member to log in for you as a password is needed.
      > Hugh Wallis's website is also very useful if you are searching for names
      > of
      > people who have been extracted from parish registers and entered on the
      > IGI.
      > You can narrow down your search to a specific surname and time period and
      > group families together.
      > http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers
      > .htm
      > Wendy mentions PCC Wills. It is useful to know that in the main, these
      > relate to the Province of Canterbury (southern England) and not the
      > Province
      > of York (northern England).
      > She also mentions Online Parish Clerks. You might like to know that we
      > have
      > a real, live Online Parish Clerk as a member of AFHS. Wayne Shepheard gave
      > a
      > talk about his work to the English/Welsh SIG last month.
      > I have never belonged to the SOG because to get the most advantage from
      > membership you need to be able to visit their headquarters in London. I do
      > believe some AFHS members subscribed to the society but I can't recall who
      > they are (were).
      > Rene Dussome
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