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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.
Family Trees
Memorial Cards
Browse, search and explore our family trees
The historical Family Tree and Pedigree Roll collection contains over 20,000 historical documents (many of which are unique and hand-crafted) showing Family Trees, Pedigrees, Birth Briefs and associated hand written notes.

Many of the physical Family Trees and Pedigrees are very large and difficult to store, and have thus been rolled up both to protect them and to make storage easy. Society members have often referred to them as Pedigree Rolls as a result.

The documents are incredibly ornate, combining Family Tree information with some wonderful artwork.
The addition of hand-written notes on many of them simply adds to their authenticity, appeal and historical significance.

We are making a selection of these available via the launch of our new software, TreeSearch™. This is being made available to test it in a live environment with our members and the public. It is fully functional, but It is also still being developed.

We welcome feedback on any aspect of it, especially the look and feel, functionality and also accessibility across different devices.

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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Society of Genealogists

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Getting started

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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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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