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Society of Genealogists (SoG)


14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road


020 7251 8799


020 7250 1800




The Society offers research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history. It houses an extensive library covering all aspects of genealogical research, including copies of many parish registers. The online library catalogue is available at The Society journal The Genealogists Magazine is published in March, June, September and December with indexes and electronic versions available in the library. A presentation called the ‘Treasures of the Society of Genealogists’ highlighting many resources available at the library can be found here.

The Learn section of the website has information on resources that will help take your family history further. The Hints & Tips explains how to use and find records and resources. The Help Getting Started section contains various guides such as Start Your Family History with the Society of Genealogists and subject guides covering Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates, Census Records (England and Wales), Probate Records, Anglican Parish Registers and their Finding Aids and Nonconformist Records.

The Search records section of the website has links to and information on the online and offline record collections such as ‘SoG Data Online’, the ‘Library Catalogue’, the ‘Index to pedigrees’ and the ‘Index to Birth Briefs’. The SoG Data Online section contains a number of databases containing over 11 million records for the exclusive use of members. A full listing of the database coverage can be found at What’s on SoG Data Online. Non-members can carry out free surname searches but will need to join the society to view the full record details.

The Society of Genealogists has partnered with to publish online record sets from its unique collection. For more information on the available records see here. Members of the Society of Genealogists will be able to view the records for free via their existing membership by logging in to SoG Data Online.

Amongst the Special Collections held in the library can be found The Great Card Index. The index contains over a million slips of paper containing various items of genealogical information extracted from sources such as parish registers, marriage licences, will indexes, monumental inscriptions and references to Chancery Proceedings. The index was compiled by Society members including Leoline Griffiths, Mr Fothergill and Rev. T.C. Dale between 1911 and 1939 covering the period from the late 11th century to the late 19th century. The entries are arranged by surname and then by first name and can be viewed on microfilm. Some additions to the index since 1939 exist. Leoline Griffiths at the same time compiled a separate list of Welsh names mainly from Glamorgan and Cardigan. The index is known as Griffith's Index to Wales and is available as a traditional card index.

A number of pay-per-view and subscription websites are available free in the library including:
TNA Online Collections
Family Relatives