Society Of Genealogists
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If you got bitten by the genealogy bug, then this is 'the' place in London for you! The SOG covers all sorts of areas, not just London. Their coverage is even listed in Phillimore's Atlas (that says something!).
I like it that they are open every Saturday as well as late on Thursday. You can get a day pass but the annual membership fee is well worth it if you think you'll be there at least four times a year.
There are transcripts and indexes of all sorts of parish registers which may save the journey to the archive of the county. There is lots of other material as well.
You can go on a free 'I'm new/Introduction to the SOG' tour on a Saturday (make sure you book a place). This gives you a very good idea of all the sorts of things you can find there. Too many to list!
There is a room to sit and have your lunch or coffee break complete with vending machine and a rack of genealogy magazines and other leaflets that you can look through.
They have an excellent online catalogue to check what they've got and to note the shelf mark down: a great time saver so you can go straight for the book you want! Just click on 'SOGCAT' on their website.
Almost forgot: it's a bit tricky to find. At the junction of Clerkenwell Road (west) and Goswell Road (north and south) as well as Old Street (east), stand looking south and to your left into Goswell Road and to your right into Clerkenwell Road: Charterhouse Buildings is the cul-de-sac that should be straight in front of you, between the Pret A Manger and the Pizza Express, there you go! It's the grey building on the left at the end of the cul-de-sac. Can't miss it now!
Review from Chris P.
Looking for historical information on your family? Then, this is the place to go! There are 3 floors of library, with microfiche, county records and more. This is where people, county offices and solicitors send old family records for archiving.
While you do have to be a member (£49/year), they have access to documents you can't find elsewhere. They also offer genealogical lectures (some free, some for a fee) and a free tour every other Saturday.
You can also volunteer and get an inside look at some of the records available.