Treasures of the Society of Genealogists. A free online talk about the SoG library for members

The Society of Genealogists library holds some remarkable unique collections for family historians. It focuses on sources and resources for where your ancestors lived, what they did in their lives and collecting family history research files and collections. A free illustrated talk about the library and its remarkable collections is available for members in the Members Area of the website

 Although not an official archive or  place of deposit, the Society has, over the years, become an archive of ”last resort” taking in records that might otherwise be discarded or destroyed, such as the 176 volumes of Bank of England Wills abstracts. The abstracts show people who had invested in and bequeathed public, i.e. Government, stock.  Any collection of will abstracts are naturally of interest to genealogists and this collection became our first digital indexing project in the 1990s with over 40 volunteers indexing onto those big floppy disks!! The indexes and images of the registers are now online.


Our volunteers have moved on and now many more of the Society’s collections of records as well as books and indexes are online and available for Members to search and view the records and full data. Though, of course, non-members- can have a free peek – by using the purple box to make a name search of the SoG Data to see which  datasets might have information on the names they are interested in.

A guide to what’s on SOG Data Online can be found on our website here



A free talk for members about the Treasures found in the Society’s library including a look at many of our online collections can be found in the Members’ Learning Zone in the exclusive Members Area of the Website

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