Society of Genealogists
Many web sites are continually being updated
and it is impossible for me to monitor all these changes. You should
therefore visit this web site to discover the facilities currently
The Society of Genealogists is the UK's
leading genealogical society and has an excellent library in Central London. It
has not far from the London
Metropolitan Archives and the
Guildhall Library and if you are visiting London to research your ancestors you
should include at least a day for searching in its collections - and possibly
attending a lecture.
Members get The Genealogists Magazine,
which contains interesting articles, details of recent library acquisitions, and
If you have not already done so you should
visit its web
site to see what it currently has on offer.
The Society celebrates its 100 anniversary next
year and is currently planning to digitise many of its most
frequently used records. A recent leaflet says:
One of our aims is to digitise our most frequently used records and collections to prevent any further damage and to ensure their preservation for future generations. The Bank of England will extracts, for example, date from 1717 to 1845 and were due to be destroyed before the Society salvaged them in 1985. These fascinating documents include extracts from the wills of Charles Dickens, The Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson. This collection will be one of many that will be preserved by digitisation.
As well as making our records and collections available online we plan to make more educational material available such as the 200+ courses and lectures that we host each year. This will ensure that no one misses out on the chance to start or further their family research.
They are trying to raise money to advance such
activities and for ways you can help, including becoming a Friend of
the Society of Genealogists, see their
Hertfordshire Genealogy News, 8th September, 2011
The September Issue of the Genealogists'
detailed article on the descent, by two different routes, of the Queen
, who was buried at
at the age
of 84 and described in his will as "heretofore of Redbourn in
the County of Herts." John
Walsh's birth details are still unknown, but if you are descended
from him you are a cousin of the Queen.
Additions to the Society's Library include Percy
Stories, Plays and Poems, published in 1938.