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Free Tours of our Library and Archives

At the Society of Genealogists, we're passionate about family history. Since we started in 1911, we've been collecting family history documents, long before the arrival of local record offices - even typewriters were new. As the National Family History Centre, we are the UK-wide repository for family history documents, images and records. So, we have items that you might not expect to find.

Join our free, guided tours to discover three floors of family history treasures and records, directories and databases - over 120,000 items. Your guide will explain how you can explore our books, CDs, databases and microfilm. You'll get a flavour of our collection of parish register copies and nonconformist registers. Our 'Special', 'Document' and 'Typographical' collections contain amazing items steeped in the UK's rich and diverse cultural heritage. Our collections relate to over 44,000 surnames - yours is probably included. Many documents are originals and date back to the 15th century.

Our tours are free, last 90 minutes and are every second Saturday. Places go very quickly so please book a specific date.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lori Weinstein
Contact Position
Events Manager
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Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
Accessibility notes

The Society of Genealogists offers a wonderful combination of research material, expert guidance and practical support for anyone interested in family history or social history.

We are a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. We were founded in 1911 and ever since then we've been collecting family history documents - long before local record offices opened.

We are the National Family History Centre and families have always deposited their family history documents and records with us for safe keeping. So, we have documents and items that you might not expect to find.

We are committed to an education and skills programme, delivering a wide range of talks, walks and courses for people new to family history, social and family historians, and genealogists. Our family history Free Access Area in the Lower Library offers free access to most of the pay-per-view genealogy websites.

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Tours run every second Saturday. Next dates: Saturday 14 March and Saturday 28 March
Time of day
Session Information
Tours run for approximately 1.5 hours.

Other Details

Cost Details
Our Library and Archive Tours are free. There are no special entry requirements and you do not need to be a Member of the Society of Genealogists. Expect a friendly atmosphere, an expert guide and lots of detail.
Who is this service for?
We welcome adults, wanting to learn more about family history or build their own family tree. We also welcome social historians and students studying social history.
Record updated: 25/03/2020