Read below for all the  great reasons to join today, in addition to help and advice from the experts.


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  The Society has many unique unpublished manuscript notes and printed and unpublished family histories.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.



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 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

Free Advice

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 access to the online 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

Member’s Discounts

  • 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.
  • 25% discount on short specific searches when using the Search & Copy Service.
  • Discounts on British Newspaper Archive yearly subscriptions by using the special members' code available by email from the Membership Office.
  • Discounts on Britain and World subscription packages to by using the special members’ code 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

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.

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