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About us

Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in London and offers live online events for both members and non-members.

Our Online Talks

We hold online one-hour talks as well as longer courses on a vast variety of topics for those at all levels of research. We use Zoom for our live online events and courses, which is free and easy to use. Society members book at a discounted price.

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Our library

The Society’s library collections are particularly valuable for research before the start of civil registration of births marriages and deaths in 1837 but there is plenty for the beginner too. The Society has many unique unpublished manuscript notes and printed and unpublished family histories.

Our library contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Along with registers, the library holds local histories, copies of churchyard gravestone inscriptions, poll books, trade directories, census indexes and a wealth of information about the parishes where our ancestors lived. Further information about our library and our library catalogue can be found on our main website

Much of the Society’s unique material can be accessed by SoG members via SoG Data Online.

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Membership of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in family and social history. We cater for the full range from those at any early stage in their research to those already with extensive knowledge. Further information about becoming a Member can be found on our main website. Members receive a 20-35% discount on our events. Non-members are welcome to attend our events at the full listed price.

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