About the Society
Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London.
The Society’s collections are particularly valuable for research before the start of civil registration of births marriages and deaths in 1837 but there is plenty for the beginner too, including the Free Family History Access area where beginners can get a taste of some of the online sources that will help them start their research.
The Society has many unique unpublished manuscript notes and printed and unpublished family histories. Its library contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Along with registers, the library holds local histories, copies of churchyard gravestone inscriptions, poll books, trade directories, census indexes and a wealth of information about the parishes where our ancestors lived.
Many of the Society’s unique indexes are online including Boyd’s Marriage Index with more than 7 million names, indexes of wills and marriage licences, apprentices and masters (1710-1774), London City Apprenticeships, Boyd’s Inhabitants of London as well as records such as the Bank of England will abstracts, Trinity House petitions and information on Teachers and Civil Servants. Some SoG Data can be found online with partner FindmyPast and the Society of Genealogists has recently launched its own exclusive members data which can be found on this site.
The Society of Genealogists holds regular study days, lectures and evening classes along with workshops demonstrating computer programs and databases of use to family historians. A diary of events and booking details can be found here
Membership of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in family and social history. We cater for the full range from those at any early stage in their research to those already with extensive knowledge. Membership details can be found here. Non-members may enter the Society on purchase of hourly or daily passes.