The FMG is managed by an Executive Committee, whose members are the charity trustees under English law. It is funded wholly by donations and subscriptions. The formal constitution is available on request, and may be viewed online by our members.


  • to advance public education in the study of medieval genealogy and prosopography
  • to promote research into medieval genealogy
  • to publish the results of that research


Anyone with an interest in medieval genealogy or prosopography is invited to subscribe as a user-member, with online access to our journal.

An Annual General Meeting is held, sometimes accompanied by a guest lecture. We welcome suggestions for additional activities and events.

We offer members the opportunity to publish their medieval genealogical research, either as articles in the journal, or as web-pages hosted by FMG. All submissions are subject to expert review as a form of quality control.


The FMG has defined medieval, for the purpose of its activities, as before 1500 AD. We are principally interested in links from this period to modern genealogy (16th to 21st centuries), including the identification of "gateway" ancestors for colleagues in north America. Geographically the scope is mainly European, but we are open to wider interests. The working language is English but we are keen to link with individuals and organisations operating in other languages, including the development of English versions of good quality research data prepared in other languages.


FMG has a specialist library, with an online catalogue. The main book collection is housed in Oxford, and can be consulted by FMG members by prior arrangement. Click here for further information.

  • A journal, Foundations, is available online to all user-members. Prior to 2023 it was also published in printed format. Back issues can be supplied - see the Shop page from the menu above.
  • We publish books and monographs on an occasional basis - see our online shop for details. We are open to proposals for new publications, either online or printed.
  • We have a number of online projects - use the website menu for access. We welcome proposals for new online projects.
  • An electronic newsletter provides a forum for members' queries or discussion.
  • Members can register to view or add posts to our Facebook page

Please note, the FMG is not able to undertake personal research for individuals.

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