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Researching a family history generates a plethora of documents and information. What should you do with it all? How can you ensure your discoveries aren’t lost in time once more? On this 8-week evening course, delivered by a range of industry-leading experts, you will learn how to store your family history, how to preserve both physical and digital documents, plus how to write and share your ancestors’ stories ensuring they never get forgotten again.
What will the course cover?
Time and Cost
Every Tuesday evening 6 to 7:30pm (includes discussions) from 18 April to 6 June 2023 on Zoom. Each class is recorded and available to students for two weeks. 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. Bookings will be accepted until 1st May.
Cost for 8 weeks study: £150.00/£120.00 SoG Members. To find out more about joining our society as a member, visit our membership page
What you will learn
Clare O’Grady is currently an archive researcher at Herefordshire archives alongside having her own genealogy business: Herefordshire Genealogy. With an MSc in Genealogical studies from the University of Strathclyde, she is an experienced trainer and has been researching her own family tree for over 20 years with links to Hereford, Northampton and the Republic of Ireland.
Darris Williams began discovering his family history while stationed at RAF Alconbury in 1983. He has a bachelor’s degree in Family & Community History and he worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years. The following years have been spent creating new record publications and help projects. Developing research and teaching skills continues to be a priority after 30 years as a FamilySearch employee. He was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently the FamilySearch Wiki & Community Trees Manager, freelance genealogist, and family history instructor. He is currently a trustee of the Society of Genealogists.
Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society Genealogists in London and a has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist. Formerly a professional genealogical librarian and researcher, Else has worked for the SoG since 1994. She is the Society’s subject lead, working across the organisation and runs the publishing programme.
Graham Walter is an IT manager with Nissan and Renault in the UK and a professional member of the British Computer Society. He regularly gives talks for family history societies, has been an instructor at the British Institute in Salt Lake City, has given talks at the Who Do You Think You Are? Shows and for the Guild of One Name Studies. He is a regular tutor at the Society of Genealogists, specialising in using technology in genealogy. He volunteers with the Society’s Educational Outreach programme as one of the "Census Detectives" and a familiar face at many family history fairs and conferences. He is currently a trustee of our society.
Janet Few. An experienced family, social and community historian who has presented throughout the UK, overseas and at sea. She has written several books of interest to genealogists and contributes to local and family history journals. She also writes historical fiction. Janet is currently serving as the president of the Family History Federation. She was awarded the Society of Genealogists certificate of recognition in 2020 for her work.
Jordan Megyery is currently conservator of contemporary art at Tate gallery in London where she specialises in the conservation of photographic materials. She has an MA Conservation of Fine Art from Northumbria University and studied Fine Art Photography as an undergraduate. Jordan has experience in the preservation of library, archive and fine art collections and is keen to share her knowledge with different audiences.
Natalie Pithers is a self-confessed history geek and a Mum of 3. Nowadays her little descendants keep her just as busy as my ancestors. She started tracing her family tree when she was 18, whilst s also studying for a degree in English Lit. She loves stories, and spent long nights devouring many classic novels. Stories by social commentators (like Charles Dickens) fuelled her interest in discovering the lives of her ancestors – and helped to understand their world. After Uni she had a career in Project Management. She really enjoyed it, especially the problem-solving and organising aspects of her roles. Genealogy Stories allows her to combine my passion for history with the pleasure I take from analysing and structuring data.
Nicola Waddington is a professionally qualified and Registered Archivist who runs the heritage consultancy, Archives Alive, which provides a wide variety of services in archive or museum development. She has worked as an Archivist for a wide variety of organisations and regularly gives talks and workshops on genealogy, tracing your local history, palaeography and research skills in English records
Paul Carter is an experienced software developer and web designer, whose work has included producing and supporting web solutions for a number of professional genealogists and genealogical organisations. Paul is also the co-founder of Name & Place, a new software product designed to support one-place studies, one-name studies and local history projects, which was launched at RootsTech in Salt Lake City just before the pandemic hit, in February 2020. As a genealogist, Paul is an Associate of AGRA, the professional body, and is the Digital Manager for the British Association for Local History. With this expertise of both web technologies and genealogical research, Paul is regularly called upon to speak to family history and local history audiences.
Tahitia McCabe is the Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Postgraduate Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Programme and the Lead Tutor for the PG Certificate Programme at Strathclyde University. This means she is the Course Director and thus takes the lead on postgraduate programme management, promotes the courses generally and does long range planning. She also runs the PG Certificate programme on a day to day basis.