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|Federation of Family History Societies|
|Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies|
|Society of Genealogists|
|FEDERATION OF FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES|
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
|Address||The Federation of Family History Societies, PO Box 2425, Coventry, CV5 6YX|
|Content||Contains directory of member societies and information on the Federation's projects|
|INSTITUTE OF HERALDIC AND GENEALOGICAL STUDIES|
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
|Address||The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1BA|
|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|
|Directions||see street map provided by multimap.com|
|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|
|Summary||see Family History Library and Collections page within the record office's web site|
|Content||Comprehensive guide to the work and services if the Institute|
|SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS|
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 both the London Metropolitan Archives
|Address||Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7BA|
|Telephone||(020) 7251 8799|
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 Visiting the Society page|
|Postal Research||see Search & Copy Service page within the society's web site for details of the limited search and copy service on some of the indexes and finding aids within the society's collections|
|Summary||see the Library Index page within the society's web site for comprehensive guide to the society's collections|
|Online Catalogue||see the society's SOGCAT online catalogue for index to the society's holdings|
|Content||Comprehensive guide to the society's holdings and extensive programme of lectures and courses|
This page last updated: 18 February 2013