Re: Society of Genealogists
- Hi Rene,
That is great news that you can access FindMyPast at the Family History
Centres free of charge. Thanks for the clarification on PCC wills.
I am a member of the Society of Genealogists. The society has set-up a
"Member's Area" on their website which will hold data from their library in
the form of transcripts, indexes and PDF's of books and hopefully someday
also images. The Member's Area listing can be accessed at
http://www.sog.org.uk/membersarea/whatsavailable.shtml. The Society has
contributed some databases to the Origins Network http://www.origins.net/.
SOG members can access the SOG databases on Origins once at quarter (72
hours). But, as you said Rene, the main advantage of membership is free
access to their library in London. I haven't been but hope to get there one
- 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.
> 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
> search the 1911 English census. A subscription would be nice, of course,
> 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
> 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
> people who have been extracted from parish registers and entered on the
> You can narrow down your search to a specific surname and time period and
> group families together.
> 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
> of York (northern England).
> She also mentions Online Parish Clerks. You might like to know that we
> a real, live Online Parish Clerk as a member of AFHS. Wayne Shepheard gave
> 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