Our vision and mission

Our vision is a world in which everyone has convenient, affordable access to records, finding aids, knowledge and skills necessary to conduct authoritative research into family history.

Our mission is to be the leading national organisation concerned with family history and genealogy and their associated disciplines.

There are 5 ways in which we seek to deliver our objectives in our day-to-day operations:

1. By promoting recognition

We are committed to promoting recognition of the worth of family history research by:
- Influencing academic standards
- Providing education, skills and standards for genealogical research

2. By helping our members and the public

We aim to assist both members and the public in their research objectives by:
- Publishing an expanding collection of records, guides and other material both in the library and online.
- Providing access to expertise via (a) research advice (in the library, at external events or remotely) and (b) signposting to other external sources
- Increasing the range of material by undertaking projects for transcription, indexing and digitisation.

3. Through our advocacy

We will continue to be an effective campaigning voice for:
- The integrity and preservation of records relevant to current and future research
- Optimum access to such records

4. By being the authority on genealogy

We will strive to remain the essential contact for appropriate media, commercial and public sector interests

5. Through co-operation

Through the co-operation with and provision of support for both individuals and organisations we can effectively contribute to the Society's vision.  In particular catalysing, coordinating or contributing to transcription, indexing or other group projects or objectives with a wide range of other people.

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As member you can make the most of our resources, access our experts and find a welcoming community of people interested in family history and genealogy.

We all have roots. Let’s find them together.

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