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  Federation of Family History Societies
  Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
  Society of Genealogists
   
   
   
  FEDERATION OF FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES
   
 
OVERVIEW
 

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,

   
  CONTACT
  Address The Federation of Family History Societies, PO Box 2425, Coventry, CV5 6YX
  Telephone (01455) 203133
  E-Mail info@ffhs.org.uk
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content Contains directory of member societies and information on the Federation's projects
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  INSTITUTE OF HERALDIC AND GENEALOGICAL STUDIES
   
  OVERVIEW
 

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 paleography 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.

   
  CONTACT
  Address The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1BA
  Telephone (01227) 768664
  E-Mail ihgs@ihgs.ac.uk
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours for opening hours see Family History Library and Collections page within the record office's web site
  Non-members visiting is by appointment only and costs £12.50 per day for non-members
  Members visiting is by appointment only and costs £3 per day for members of the Institute
  Postal Research fee based research provided by Achievements of Canterbury which is a non-profit making centre for genealogical research and artwork which supports the Institute's academic work - the centre's services include translation, interpretation and transcribing of documents for which the centre is uniquely qualified
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary see Family History Library and Collections page within the record office's web site
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content Comprehensive guide to the work and services if the Institute
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  SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS
   
 
   
  OVERVIEW
 

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 within a few minutes' walk of the London Metropolitan Archives

   
  CONTACT
  Address Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7BA
  Telephone (020) 7251 8799
  E-Mail library@sog.org.uk
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours

see Opening Hours page within the society's web site

  Non-members use of the library for non-members costs £4 for an hour, £10 for four hours and £18 for a day - proof of identity and home address required (passport, driving licence, utility bill, etc)
  Members members have free access to the library (see membership page within the Society's website for joining details)
  Directions see Getting Here page
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Online Catalogue see the society's SOGCAT online catalogue for index to the society's holdings
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content Comprehensive guide to the society's holdings and extensive programme of lectures and courses
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This page last updated: 31 December 2016