Society of Genealogists

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The Society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history. It is a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy.
Our library is the foremost in the British Isles with large collections of family history material. We run an extensive range of lectures and courses throughout the year on beginners, intermediate and advanced topics.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10-6, Thursday: 10-8

Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday

Admission charges

Lecture one hour: £6.00
Half-day course: £17.50
Full-day course: £30.00
Library research time: (price varies) booked separately

Getting there

Our cul de sac, Charterhouse Buildings, is located off the traffic intersection at Goswell Road/Old Street. The nearest tube stations: Barbican or Old Street
Bus: 4, 56, 55, 243

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My Ancestor was Catholic

  • 25 November 2015 2-3pm *on now

Do you have Catholic ancestors in your family tree? Lots of historical records exist to help you find them and understand what their lives were like. Michael Gandy tells us all about them.

About the Society of Genealogists, the National Family History Centre: Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) has amassed a truly magnificent library and archive. It contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Join us in our Common Room where you are welcome to sit and relax and meet other people with similar interests to your own.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


This one-hour talk starts at 2.00 pm and costs £8.00. For us to hold a place for you, the talk must be booked in advance. You can do this by visiting our website or phoning us on 020 7553 3290.


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Family History Skills - Stage 1 - Evening Course

  • 14 January 2016 6-8pm
  • 21 January 2016 6-8pm
  • 28 January 2016 6-8pm
  • 4 February 2016 6-8pm
  • 11 February 2016 6-8pm
  • 18 February 2016 6-8pm
  • 25 February 2016 6-8pm
  • 3 March 2016 6-8pm
  • 10 March 2016 6-8pm
  • 17 March 2016 6-8pm

The Society of Genealogists' highly successful Family History Skills begins again with the first ten-week series of classes. In this first stage, our team of professional genealogists introduce the records and illustrate how to best use them to study family history. It is a carefully designed curriculum aimed to get you started.

Who is this course for?
Stage 1 is designed for those who are new to family history or those who have a little experience and want to build upon their initial progress.

What will the course cover?
Getting started;
Family sources and assessing evidence;
Civil registration records of births, marriages and deaths;
Victorian and Edwardian census returns;
Newspapers, directories and voting records;
Probate records;
First steps at The National Archives Kew;
The armed forces and merchant navy in the 20th century;
Parish registers;
Non-Anglican family history.

What you will learn
Become familiar with the records and application of research.
Know what records are available and where to find them.
Place sources of data into the context of their original purpose.
Understand the techniques required to assess evidence.
Learn the basic pedigree layout and understand research standards.
Expect an entertaining and enjoyable experience.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


This 10-week course runs every Thursday evening between 6 pm and 8 pm. The course ends on Thursday 17 March.

The price for the full 10-week course is £175.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, there is a discounted price of £140.00.


Getting there

Our cul de sac, Charterhouse Buildings, is located off the traffic intersection at Goswell Road/Old Street. The nearest tube stations: Barbican or Old Street
Bus: 4, 56, 55, 243

Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road
Greater London






Events bookings

020 7553 3290

General Information

020 7251 8799

Library queries

020 7702 5485


020 7250 1800

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