Services during Closure

We are sorry the Society has had to close temporarily during these difficult times of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

It is essential the welfare of our Members and visitors come first and we urge you all to follow the government guidelines and stay home wherever possible.  We will keep you updated on the Society on the special status page.

Members can continue to access some services on our website, including the members' area resources and the data online. (Please remember to log in first).  The members' area has some learning modules (which we continue to add to), a full beginners course, learning guides and of course the Community Hub (see below).

We have expanded on the services below the contact details in the item headed 'Keeping Calm and Carrying On'.

We will also continue to provide other services during this time to help members as listed below:


Genealogical Help and Advice

Phone: 07585 082 850  (Mon-Fri 2.00pm-4.00pm)   


Website: See below information about the Community Hub in the members' area of our website



General library enquiries and the library catalogue

Phone: 07584 963 168  or 07584 965 896 (Mon-Fri 1pm - 5pm)



Enquiries relating to online collections and depositing records and data in the library

Phone: 07584 965 896 or 07584 963 168  (Mon-Fri 1pm - 5pm)



Visit our Library Catalogue

View our Online Collections

Unfortunately, hard copy and library searches cannot be carried out until services at our premises resume. However, our staff can offer guidance for our catalogue and online resources, and help you as you prepare your list of collection items to look at when the society reopens.



We have a busy calendar of online talks, courses and chats on a range of topics of interest to beginner and advanced family historians. Some events are free of charge and discounted for members – take a look at our events page:

For further enquiries on events and future bookings email

Sign up to receive updates on our events programme

See also the information below about educational talks and tutorials in the members’ area of the website.


Membership Enquiries

Phone: 07585 044 500 (Mon-Thu 9.00am-3.30pm)


We appreciate library access is not available temporarily, but we are working hard to offer services and we hope you will continue to lend us your support. 
Cancellation of memberships would have a disastrous effect on the Society as we already operate on the minimum of resources. Your loyalty is appreciated and valued.


Our bookshop remains open for online orders only. Please note that delivery of orders may take longer during periods of restriction.



Keeping Calm and Carrying On 

 ... and keeping connected! Even though our building is closed at the moment, there is much that our members can do keep in touch with us and make research progress.

Our online collections are available, and our staff and volunteers are still working at home behind the scenes to keep the online show on the road. You can keep in touch with the SoG as follows:


Community Hub Members’ Online Forum

This is an online forum for members, in the exclusive members’ area of the website. It provides an opportunity for members to ask questions, help each other and to discuss genealogical matters. Our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers are available to help you with your genealogical questions and specific questions about sources. You’ll find some guidance on using the hub on our website here.


The Genealogists’ Magazine

The GM continues to be published quarterly with interesting articles and space for letters and questions.

The GM is available to all new members as a colour PDF file and to existing members as a paper copy if we can. Members can use their online profile in the Members' Area of the website to request a PDF rather than paper copy if required. (Given the costs of postage this will be much appreciated if Members elect to receive the PDF).  

While the library is closed members can send letters and enquiries to the editor at


The Society of Genealogists Newsletter

Our monthly e-newsletter continues members and non-members and is distributed via email at the end of each month.

The newsletter reports news from and about the SoG, our events, publication and news from the genealogical community.  

Sign up to receive our free monthly e-Newsletter

If you have news or information you wish to submit to the newsletter please email and this will be passed on to the editor. 

Past copies can be found on our Newsletter page


Our News Blog

The website has an open public news section that reports news from and about the SoG, our library, events and publications and news from the genealogical community. You'll find articles about our projects and new items and treasures from our collections.

This is the most current and immediate means of communication and it is here that we will also report, for example, power cuts or closures.


Tutorials and Talks in our Learning Zone

We have some resources to help you get started on your family history research

Members can log in and visit our Learning Zone (in the Members Area) for talks, tutorials and self-paced courses as well as loads of tips, guides and research aids.

We continue to add more learning content to the Learning Zone, and as new items are added, we'll keep you posted in our newsletter and blog. See our growing collection of recorded talks on a range of interesting topics including civil records, military records, DNA and research techniques.


Social Media

Check out our social media pages:

The Society of Genealogists FacebookPinterest and Instagram

Else Churchill, our Genealogist on Twitter


Volunteering at Home

Members and non-members can contribute to the Society's home indexing projects.

Our current home volunteering projects are the Great Card Index, the Pedigree Rolls Project and the indexing of name-rich sources from the Society's online collections.

We support the work of our volunteers in our SoG Volunteer Community Forum (where volunteers can post messages about their work) and by volunteer newsletters containing project updates and news. 

Take a look at the volunteer page of the website where you'll find a copy of the volunteering expression of interest form. Enquiries about volunteering can be directed to