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We have over 11 million records in our online collections which are available to our members and thousands of books and other media from the library listed in the library catalogue . If you are not a member you can carry out an initial free search in the digital collections, but to view the full record details simply join online today.
Our Collections
Library Catalogue
The Collections

Your surname search above will take you to our digital collections on SoG Data Online where you can browse your list of results. You can further refine your search by choosing Advanced Search (next to the yellow Go button at the top left of the SoG Data Online page).
Alternatively, you can go direct to the SoG Data Online home page, where you'll find all the search options.

Ways to explore our collections

Our digital collections
over 11 million online records

We have made more than 11 million records available online. You can carry out an initial search, but the full record details are only available to members. Simply join us online to get more.

Our library catalogue
London-based printed collection

Find out what we hold in our unique library to help you with your search.

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Our aim is to make family history accessible to everyone. Start with our free online guides and tips and if you need our expert advice or want to access our records. Become a member.

Hints & Tips

Our hints and tips will help you get the most out of your family history - with explanations of how to use records and sources and guides to where to find help.  

Our guides

We aim to give support and guidance to anyone tracing their family history. Our online research guides will give you the confidence and skills to start your family history and take your research further.

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