Benefits of Membership
Free access to the Library at 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
Members have free access to the Library when it is open. Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has amassed a truly magnificent library and archive. It 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. The Society has many unique unpublished manuscript notes and printed and unpublished family histories. 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.
There is also a room with a drinks machine and you are welcome to bring your lunch and sit and relax there.
If you would rather join by post or in person download the membership form here.
Free access to Society data online - the online portal for members only
Members can gain access to the exclusive Society of Genealogists facilities on our website. Online Data will provide access to all of the SoG Data published on line through findmypast.co.uk plus more specialised data from our Library in the form of transcripts, indexes, PDFs of books and images. Also available are electronic versions of the Genealogy Magazine. To check out what is currently available online before joining click here.
Free access from within the Library to several pay-per-view or subscription web sites
The Society has made arrangements with a number of pay-to-view or subscription web sites to provide free access to all the key family history websites.
Access to free, expert help and advice on genealogical problems
The Society provides a specialist family history telephone advice service, regular one-to-one half hour advice sessions with experts at the Society’s library, and an online mailing list. In addition members can seek assistance from the Library Staff and volunteers to find solutions to those challenging problems. For more go to Family History Advice Service
Free Genealogists’ Magazine published in March, June, September and December
The Magazine is full of information including articles, Library Updates, Notes and News of the Society and advice on people who can help with research. See Genealogists Magazine
- 20% discount on courses and lectures, a full list of the courses throughout the year can be found in your Member’s Information Pack and online see the Events and Courses Section.
- 10% discount on Society Publications, a full list of publications available and how to order can be found in your Members Information Pack, and in the Books and Publications Section.
- 20% discount on short specific searches when using the Search & Copy Service
- 20% extra pay-per-view units or 10% discount on subscriptions to findmypast.com by using the special members’ codes available by email from the Membership Office.
Borrow material from the Library
Members who are resident in the UK can with some restrictions borrow certain items from the Library.
Other benefits of Membership include the right to participate in shaping the Society through its Annual General Meeting and Committees and after five years' membership to advertise professional services in Genealogists' Magazine. Members after five years membership, and having rendered distinguished service to the Society or to genealogy, may be eligible to be elected a Fellow of the Society.
or download the pdf membership form to complete and send in by post or in person Membership form
SoG Data Online contents
The Society is putting an increasing amount of its collections online. Click on the link below to see what is available.