Search & Copy Service

The Society is aware that not everyone is able to visit the library in person and so we offer a limited search and copy service for some of our records. The Society's resources are such that we cannot make long searches in un-indexed materials. Nor can we make searches outside the library. For example we would not be able to extract all entries of a particular name from a filmed parish register but if the exact date is known copies can be made. Please note we cannot search for a named individual within the collections.


Indexes and collections can be searched on receipt of the library search/copy fee of £15 (members £12) for each half hour or part thereof spent in making the search. Most searches will not exceed half an hour. The fee includes VAT and postage. Requests must include payment in advance.

Copies of entries (if found) will be supplied for 30 pence for each A4 sized original and 50 pence for each A3 size.

Please note that we cannot copy entire works which are still in copyright. We can only supply copies up to a maximum of 5 per cent of the original item. Where a published work is out of copyright, i.e. 70 years or more after the death of the author, we will copy as much as is consistent with our limited staff time.

Payment can be made by sterling cheque (made payable to the Society of Genealogists) or VISA/MASTERCARD.

Lengthy searches

Lengthy or complicated Searches are undertaken only at the discretion of the Genealogist, and an estimate of fees will be provided. The work will be undertaken only on receipt of the appropriate fee.

To use the service

Enquiries should be addressed to the Genealogist:

Post: Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
Fax: (020) 7250 1800

Please note that we cannot accept requests over the telephone.

For postal enquiries, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope or, if outside the UK, an addressed envelope and THREE International Reply Coupons.


Requests are dealt with in order of receipt. They are not acknowledged but the Society endeavours to answer within one month if possible. The Society does not undertake professional genealogical research. Those unable to conduct their own research may wish to consider appointing a record agent or professional genealogist. The Society will not recommend any individual but several advertise on our own website (see here), the Genealogists' Magazine and other journals such as Family Tree Magazine. The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) publishes a list of its members and this is available on-line here

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The Society is digitising an increasing number of its records and making them available to Members over the internet.

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Need some help with your research? We offer help by phone, face-to-face or online.

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