I can remember being in London and went to the SOG signing in for an hour.
It was the worst hour of my research. It was expensive for an hour and I
wore a card around my neck with the time on it stating when my money would
be up. No cheating here. I lined up behind a lady who could not stop
thumbing through a file drawer of cards and took ages to finally move on.
I could feel my money floating away. never did find anything and yes, the
SOG requires that you live in Greater London or close in.
> An additional comment to Wendy's excellent description of information
> available about English parishes:
> I use Findmypast regularly. It is the only place at the moment where one
> search the 1911 English census. A subscription would be nice, of course,
> enable one to work at home but you might be interested to know that
> Findmypast is available at Family History Centres free of charge. You
> have to ask a staff member to log in for you as a password is needed.
> Hugh Wallis's website is also very useful if you are searching for names
> people who have been extracted from parish registers and entered on the
> You can narrow down your search to a specific surname and time period and
> group families together.
> Wendy mentions PCC Wills. It is useful to know that in the main, these
> relate to the Province of Canterbury (southern England) and not the
> of York (northern England).
> She also mentions Online Parish Clerks. You might like to know that we
> a real, live Online Parish Clerk as a member of AFHS. Wayne Shepheard gave
> talk about his work to the English/Welsh SIG last month.
> I have never belonged to the SOG because to get the most advantage from
> membership you need to be able to visit their headquarters in London. I do
> believe some AFHS members subscribed to the society but I can't recall who
> they are (were).
> Rene Dussome