Help using SoG Data Online

The records in SoG Data Online can either be browsed or searched.


To carry out a simple search go to the Home Page and enter the forename and surname of the person you are looking for. To narrow down your search by county, date range etc choose the advanced search option.


Go to the Home Page and explore what records we have using the ‘Browse Records’ column on the right hand side of the page. Clicking on a category such as ‘Parish registers’ will reveal sub-categories such as ‘Nottinghamshire parish registers’.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What records are available on SoG Data Online?

A: A full listing of what is available on SoG Data Online can be found here.

Q: I am a member but my search results have a £ sign in each results row?

A: You need to log in to view the full record

Q: Is the search criteria case sensitive?

A: No. There is no need to worry about the case when entering details into the search screens.

Q: I am not a member - how can I view the actual data?

A: The only way to view the actual data is as a member of the Society. Details of how to join can be found here.

Q: Can I use a wild card in the person search?

A: Yes you can. The % character is used to represent any character.

Q: Does the Person Search allow for variants?

A: Yes, it uses the metaphone system to search for variants.

Q: How do you enter place names beginning with ‘Saint’

A: "Saint" is abbreviated to "St" throughout this database, so search with "St".

Q: Where can I find out more about the records?

A: When in a dataset, clicking on the ‘+’ symbol to the left of ‘Record details’ gives further information about the records. When finished, clicking on the ‘-‘ symbol to the left of ‘Record details hides the information.

Q: Can I email the details to someone else?

A: No. Sorry but the information is for members only so there is no facility to do this.

Q: I've found what I want but how do I see the original?

A: If there is no digital image of the original source on this website, you will either need to come to our Library in London to look at it yourself or pay for a copy to be sent to you via our Search and Copy Service. Note that if the source is a transcript of a parish register we may not have a copy of the original register. Check our catalogue for listings of what we hold in our library.

Q: The Society's Library has a lot more material than this. Why isn't it online?

A: Material on SoG Data Online must be either our copyright, out of copyright (the author dying 71 or more years ago) or donated by the transcriber for this purpose.

Q: How can I donate my own transcript to the Members’ area for the benefit of other members?

A: Contact the Head of Library Services to discuss donating a transcript or index.

SoG Data Online


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