My first visit to the Society of Genealogists many years ago was to their premises at Harrington Gardens and Anthony Camp was the director, he was very kind to a keen, but definitely novice family historian and introduced me to a wide range of records. I remember that the other people in the library were predominately male and seemed quite elderly. How things have changed in the genealogical world!
The society is now situated in Charterhouse Buildings, the director is Else Churchill and you see a wide range of members and visitors both male and female and of all ages. The society has recently completely redesigned their website and it is worth looking at even if you are not a member. Some of the records that the SOG hold are online for members to search who can’t visit the library and a surname search can be undertaken. Of course if you wish to inspect the records that come up in the results you are required to join the society, but at least you have a good idea what is available and might be of interest.
There is an excellent range of online guides to genealogy which are free to look at, hints and tips and a list of the classes held onsite. The online library catalogue is great for forward preparation before a visit, library services are listed as well as the holdings of the book store. A unique strength of the collection is the Document Collection and the surnames within this collection have been catalogued and are available for searching.
The SOG site is well worth spending time on and familiarising yourself as to what the society has to offer.