RootsTech is coming to London!

The biggest Genealogy Show in America is coming to London 24th to 26th October at ExCel London.  Come see us at stand 415 where our experts will be offering free family history advice.

Open Day Talks & Tours 

Our Society here in London will be putting on special events including Free Open Days either side of London Rootstech. If you are taking a longer break don't forget to pay us a visit.  You will be treated to a tour of the library and a talk in the lecture room.  Many of these are either morning or afternoon sessions, you could combine them with our free research pass to make a nice research day out.  The events are free but you do need to book as there will be limited space. View a two-page leaflet . All bookings can be made here.

More about the Society

We are uniquely placed to help you. As the National Family History Centre, we are based in the centre of London and easily accessible. We have three floors of family history treasures and records, directories and databases. We store and index family stories and documents from all over the UK, aiming to keep them safe and make them as available as possible to everyone.

Find out more about how the Society help you with British Ancestor Research - find out here 

RootsTech Pass Discounts

We’ve partnered with RootsTech to bring you a great deal on a RootsTech London pass! Use the code sog1 and receive 20% off listed prices. Come and see Donny Osmond and other exciting keynote speakers, plus over 150 breakout sessions and a huge exhibition hall to discover your family story at the world’s premier family history conference

For tickets, visit 

Find Your Way to Rootstech

Trustee and SoG Volunteer Graham Walter aka Census Detectives has devised a potted guide to the  Excel venue for RootsTech Visitors

Visiting London - must see places and things to do

For ideas for enjoying your time in London click here


Events & Courses


Our large programme of online events is open to anyone interested in family history.

View and book

Visitor information


Find out information on

  • Getting here
  • Opening hours
  • Preparing for a visit
  • Library tours
  • Disabled access
  • Copying facilities
  • Refreshments
  • Visitor fees
  • Library rules
  • Open Access area

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Getting here


14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA

More about getting here

Opening hours


Find out the Society's regular opening hours  and planned closures.

View opening hours

Preparing for your visit


Find out how to prepare for your visit to the library and get the most out of it.

Planning your visit

Library tours


Find out what we have in our unique library to help you with your research.

Details of free library tours

Disabled access


Find out how the Society can help visitors with a disability

Information for disabled visitors

Copying facilities


Find out more about getting ptotocopies, printouts and digital images of items in the Society's collections.

Information on copying facilities



Details of where you can find refreshments on your visit.

Information about refreshments

Visitor fees


Members of the Society have free unlimited use of the library. Non-members are also welcome to visit on payment of a visitors fee.

Current visitor fees

Library rules


Come prepared by finding out what is allowed in the library

View library rules

Open Access area


Find out more about the Society's Open Access area in the bookshop, where you can view online records from Ancestry, FindMyPast, Family Relatives, Origins and Documents Online.

Open Access area information

Library Catalogue


Find out what the Society holds in its unique library to help you with your research.

Search our full catalogue