Volunteering With Us

The Society of Genealogists has always relied upon the goodwill and talent of volunteers. We welcome people from all walks of life, who are vital to all areas of the Society's operations and who contribute to a range of special projects.

Volunteering at the Premises

Please complete a Volunteer Expression of Interest form and tell us about yourself.

Though our post-lockdown volunteering opportunities are limited by our modified operating hours and social distancing I will be happy to accept your expression of interest form and place you if we can or keep your form on file until we can accommodate you.

On occasion, where the need arises, there are specific roles that may suit people with particular interests or experience. Keep an eye on this page for particular opportunities as they arise.

Current Home Indexing Projects

We have a very busy community of home indexing volunteers who contribute to the Society from all over the UK and beyond, and if this is something you are interested in doing we can get you started straight away. See below for a list of current home indexing projects.

The Great Card Index is made up of over a million cards containing various items of genealogical information extracted from sources such as parish registers, marriage licenses, will indexes, monumental inscriptions and references to Chancery Proceedings. Society members compiled the index between 1911 and 1939 and it covers resources from the late 11th century to the late 19th century. Both members of the society and non-members can contribute to this project.

We have many digitised copies of resources in SoG Data Online such as parish registers and memorial inscriptions which require indexing so names can be found more easily. Members of the Society can contribute to this project, which requires the ability to log in to the members' area of our website.

During the lockdown volunteers have been contributing to our Pedigree Rolls Project by entering information from scans of family pedigrees into family history software to produce gedcom files we can use to make them searchable. When the society reopens and pedigrees scanning resumes indexing will also resume. Both members and non-members can contribute to this project.

If you have any questions about volunteering at the Society, please contact 
Christine Worthington, Volunteer Manager volunteermanager@sog.org.uk

Some Light Reading . . . 

05/2020 Our Volunteers V: SoG Data Online Resources Indexers
05/2020 Our Volunteers IV: Pedigree Rolls Project Indexers
04/2020 Our Volunteers III: Great Card Indexers
03/2020 Our Volunteers II: Face to Face Volunteers
01/2020 Our Volunteers I: Counter Volunteers
12/2019 International Volunteer Day
11/2019 World Digital Preservation Day
10/2019 Libraries Week at the Society of Genealogists
10/2019 World Mental Health Day

Volunteer at Home


Don't live in London?

You can volunteer at home!

Ask our Volunteer Manager about current indexing and transcribing projects.

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