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Stage 2 Family History Skills Evening Course


The Society of Genealogists' successful family history skills course continues with a second set of evening classes to develop your research and genealogy knowledge. Our team of professional genealogists present a carefully designed curriculum to take your family history knowledge and skills to the next level.

Our Stage 2 Evening Skills Course covers the records and techniques that professional genealogists use, all from the comfort of home.  Away from the pressures of life for two hours, you can focus on how to find your ancestors and flesh out your family’s history. You’ll spend time with other people in the class that share your interests and are as keen as you are to learn new skills. Most of us enjoy meeting and learning from expert genealogists and we find others’ ancestry almost as fascinating as our own.  

Who should attend the Stage 2 series of classes? 

Stage 2 is designed for those who have attended Stage 1, or already have some experience of genealogical research and are familiar with the basic records (General Registration, the censuses, directories, parish registers and bishops’ transcripts and wills.) 

Have you had some success in tracing your family but want to be better? These classes move you forward. Learn about the range of records that are available, and more importantly, learn the best ways to use them. We will look at tackling brick walls in your research, and some lesser-used records which can vastly improve your search results.  

What will the course cover? 

  • Techniques for localising the elusive ancestor 

  • Education, Trades and Professions 

  • Apprenticeship records and guilds 

  • Research in London 

  • The British Overseas 

  • Immigration to England 

  • Army and Navy records before 1914 

  • Criminal Courts Records and Transportation 

  • Records of the 18th century 

  • Maps and estate plans 

  • Tithes and surveys 

  •  Lloyd George's Domesday 


Click on the Show Sessions link above for the full programme, or download the course leaflet

Every Thursday evening for 12 weeks from 21 April to 07 July 2022 on Zoom.  Each class runs from 6pm to 8/8.30pm and includes a short break and a Q&A session. All classes will be recorded and made available to anyone who books a place (course bookings accepted until 5 May).

Full cost £240.00, but members receive a 20% discount and pay £192.00. To find out more about event discounts and other membership benefits, visit our membership page.


New to Zoom and would like to attend an online talk but not sure how? Do contact us if you would like to arrange a free taster session. 


What you will learn 

  • Become familiar with many of the records and finding aids used to take research further. 

  • Know what records are available and their whereabouts 

  • Place sources of data into the context of their original purpose. 

  • Understand the techniques required to use sources of data in genealogical research. 


With tutors: Tutors: Else Churchill, Alec Tritton, Ian Waller, Janet Few, Simon Fowler, Antony Marr, Debbie Kennett  

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