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Creating family trees and pedigree charts


You have done the research, you have copious notes and a database full of information about your ancestors. How do you now draw a family tree or pedigree chart? How do you show everything you have learned to your family?

Stop Press: We’re delighted to announce a bonus session by My History detailing their chart printing and book making services. From large scale trees to pedigree charts, there are lots of printing options available. Attend this session to learn about the wide variety of choices and how to find out which option may best suit you!

This seven week course aims to demonstrate various methods of creating a family tree chart.  From using family tree software to drawing a calligraphic pedigree chart, from hand drawn research trees to PowerPointyou will learn all about creating a good family tree chart.  The final class, sponsored by My History will explain their chart printing and book making services. 

A seven-week evening course on Tuesday evenings. Full cost £60.00, as a membership benefit SoG members pay £48.00. Bookings accepted until 27 February.

Each class will include discussion and the chance to ask questions.  Click on Show Sessions link above for the full programme.

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.

About the tutors:

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.

John Hanson worked for many years for one of the country’s major banks, ending up as a Systems Specialist in mainframe databases.  John has written extensively on family history subjects and has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over twenty-five years, particularly on computers in genealogy and the census. He served on the executive committee of the Guild of One-Names studies for several years and also as a trustee and served on many committees at the Society of Genealogists.  He is currently the research director of the Halsted Trust and is a Fellow of SoG.

David Cufley is President of North West Kent Family History Society. He is also a member of a number of other family history societies including the Guide for One Name Studies and Society of Genealogists. He has been researching his family since 1966 when he worked in London and took the opportunity to visit the archives. David regularly speaks to other family history societies and leads workshops and discussion groups at NWKFHS.

Stewart Blandon Traiman was, in a previous life, an Internal Medicine physician and a Health Information Technology analyst and manager. Genealogy has been his major interest for decades and he is now a professional genealogist. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society in the U.S. and the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is on the board of directors of the California Genealogical Society and is also the editor and publisher of their monthly newsletter.

Fiona Mitchell graduated from Glasgow School of Art and has worked as calligrapher, graphic designer and illustrator, working on many commissions including film & television work. The life of a professional calligrapher is full of variation and challenges, no two days are the same yet there is wonderful privilege of being involved with people at important times in their lives. Family trees are one of my favourite and satisfying jobs, as they combine calligraphy, illustrations and the challenge of design in layout.  

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