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  Federation of Family History Societies
  Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
  Society of Genealogists

Founded in 1974, the Federation of Family History Societies is the umbrella organisation for the majority of family history societies within the U.K.

It supports over 210 family history societies and other genealogical bodies world-wide with a total membership of over 300,000. It promotes public interest in genealogy and represents the interests of family historians to local and national government bodies. It is currently very active in responding to the government's latest proposals on access to records held by the General Register Office. It coordinates various genealogical projects, such as the National Burial Index.

In the county-by-county listing of local family history societies on this web site, any society that is affiliated to the Federation is indicated as such,

  Address The Federation of Family History Societies
PO Box 2425
  Web Site Home Page
    Affiliated Societies - directory of member societies of the Federation
    Projects - guide to projects initiated and coordinated by the Federation

Founded in 1961, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is an educational charitable trust that provides genealogical training and research. It runs a series of full and part time courses in genealogical studies.

Many family historians find it difficult to read and interpret old documents due to the language used, abbreviations adopted and quality of handwriting. The Institute can help in two ways. Firstly it runs palaeography courses providing guidance on how to identify documents from the formula of words used, spot key letters and phrases, and expand common abbreviations. Alternatively the Institute can, for a pre-agreed fee, translate, interpret and transcribe a document for you.

The Institute has one of the largest collections of heraldic books and records in Europe.

The Institute is currently involved in research projects investigating the hereditary nature of certain diseases.

  Address The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
79-82 Northgate
  Telephone (01227) 768664
  Fax (01227) 765617
  Hours Opening hours for the Institute's library - visiting is by appointment only and costs £3 per day for members of the Institute and £12.50 per day for non-members
    Mon 10:00 - 4:30
    Tue Closed
    Wed 10:00 - 4:30
    Thu Closed
    Fri 10:00 - 4:30
    Sat Closed
    Sun Closed
  Main Collections
  Research £15 per half hour for general research
  Services Quotations provided for the translation, interpretation and transcribing of documents
  Web Site Home Page
    Sources Held - guide to main collections held at the Institute
    Research Services - guide to the general research service offered by the Institute

Established since 1911, the library at the Society of Genealogists has an extensive collection of genealogical sources contained in original documents, printed publications, microfilm/fiche and computerised databases.

It holds the largest collection of microfilmed parish registers in the British Isles. The number of rolls of microfilm for this and other collections runs to over 6,000.

The Society runs an extensive range of lectures and courses on genealogical subjects and topics.

It is conveniently located in London's 'Genealogists Golden Triangle' within a few minutes' walk of both the London Metropolitan Archives and the Family Records Centre

  Address Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
  Telephone (020) 7251 8799
  Fax (020) 7250 1800

Opening hours for the Society's library - use of the library for non-members costs £4 for an hour, £10 for four hours and £18 for a day - members have free access to the library (see membership page within the Society's website for details)

    Mon Closed
    Tue 10:00 - 6:00
    Wed 10:00 - 6:00
    Thu 10:00 - 8:00
    Fri 10:00 - 6:00
    Sat 10:00 - 6:00
    Sun Closed
  Main Collections
  • U.K.'s largest collection of transcribed and microfilm/fiche copies of parish registers
  • Microfilm copies of the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses
  • Published/microfilmed copies of the indexes to wills proved in Prerogative Court of York (PYC) between 1389 and 1858
  • Microfilm/fiche copies of all the old 19th century calendars from the various ecclesiastical courts
  • Apprenticeship records
  • Annual Law Lists providing information on barristers and solicitors from 1813 to 1973
  • Annual Navy Lists providing information on Royal Navy officers from 1756 to 1950
  • Registers of pupils at mainly public schools
  Web Site Home Page
    Sources Held - subject matter index to information on the Society's collections
    Directions - comprehensive guide on how to get to the Society's premises by public transport together with a street map (in PDF format)
    Online Catalogue - key word search to over 120,000 items held in the Society's library
This page last updated: 24 November 2006