The Genealogical Society of Finland was founded in 1917. It is a scientific genealogical society and is the national organization for genealogy experts and cooperation as well as an educational and memory foundation. The Society's highest decision-making body is the association's meeting and the board is responsible for organizing the Society's activities. The Society publishes an annual plan of action and report.

Member Motions

A member can suggest a motion about the Society's activities to the board. The motion is sent by e-mail and traditional mail to the executive director who presents them to the board meeting. The motion must mention that it is specifically addressed to the board. The board answers to all motions addressed to it.

A member can also suggest a motion for the Society's spring and fall meetings. According to the rules these motions must be sent at least one month before the spring or fall meeting because the board must issue a statement on them. The motion must mention which meeting it is intended for and it is to be sent by e-mail or by traditional mail to the executive director.

The Society's office is happy to take suggestions for development from members. These can be sent to the executive director or other personnel, preferably by e-mail. The office responds to every development idea sent to them.

The contact information for all personnel can be found here.

Society's General Meeting

The Society's highest decision-making body is the general meeting. General meetings are held twice a year in Helsinki, the spring meeting in April and the fall meeting in November.

The general meeting is called by notifying the members of it in the journal Genos at least six weeks before the meeting. A member of the Society can make presentations and suggest motions to the Society's meeting by sending them in writing to the board no later than four weeks before the meeting.

Electoral Commission

According to the Society's bylaws the board names an electoral commission for at most a three calendar years term of office to present to the autumn meeting the persons to be elected to replace the resigning members of the board. The electoral commission consists of a chairman and three other members who are active members of the Society from different parts of the country who are not members of the board. The executive director is the secretary of the election committee.

During the 2024–2026 term the electoral commission includes Teuvo Ikonen (chairman), Virpi Nissilä, Arja Rantanen and Heikki Vuorimies. Society members can make suggestions to the electoral committee about the Society's chairman and new board members at the address

The Board and its Executive Committee

The board is responsible for the Society's organization and development as well as its administration. The board also decides on strategic planning. The board consists of eleven members. All of the Society's board members and their contact information can be found here.

The association's meeting elects the chairperson for one calendar year at a time. The term of office for other board members is two calendar years and half of its members are due to be replaced every year. The board elects a vice chairperson from their midst for one calendar year at a time. Decision-making in the board is done on the executive commission's proposal. The executive director acts as secretary and presenter.

The Society's board chooses an executive committee for a year at a time and it consists of a chairman, vice-chairman and two other members of the board, as well as the executive director. The executive director acts secretary and presenter.

Executive director and Personnel

The task of the executive director is to implement, lead and supervise the Society's operational activities in accordance to the strategy, operation and financial plan as laid out by the board and the decisions of the executive committee. The executive director also plans and develops operations, handles general administration and prepares proposals to the board and executive committee.

In addition the executive director, the Society employs a publicist, web service specialist and customer advisor as well as the corresponding editor-in-chief of the journal Genos. The contact information of the executive director and personnel can be found here.

Committees and Work Groups

The Society's board and executive director form committees and work groups as needed. They are expert bodies that help the board and executive director in planning operations or are responsible for implementing some procedures.

The network service committee acts as the expert body guiding the development of the Society's online services. The network service committee consists of 
Tomi Ahoranta (chairperson), P. T. Kuusiluoma and Ismo Malinen. The Society's network service specialist acts as secretary and presenter.

The education committee plans Society's educational services. The education committee consists of Santeri Palviainen (chairperson ), Hanne Clandér, Jouni Elomaa, Mervi Lampi, Tiina Miettinen and Riikka Piironen. The Society's executive director acts as secretary and presenter.

The publication committee acts as the expert body guiding the Society's publishing activities. Members of the committee are Christer Kuvaja (chairperson), Tiina Miettinen, Anssi Mäkinen, Jukka Partanen and Katja Tikka.

The Genos editorial board is a body made up of experts in scientific publishing, which advises the corresponding editor-in-chief in questions regarding the publication of the journal Genos. Members of the committee are Tiina Miettinen (chairperson), Magdalena af Hällström, Ulla Koskinen and Veli Pekka Toropainen.

The legal committee handles the legal custodianship of the Society. Members of the committee are 
Arto Astikainen (chairperson), Jouni Elomaa, Santeri Palviainen, Kari Salo and Roy Sjöblom.

The Teemalauantai work group organizes Theme Saturdays in the spring and autumn, as well as arranges a Swedish language seminar. The working group includes Jukka Partanen (chairperson), Christer Kuvaja, Marketta Kännö, Mervi Lampi, Terhi Nallinmaa-Luoto and Marja Pohjola.

The genetic genealogy work group organizes a theme day on genetic genealogy every year. The work group includes Riikka Piironen (chairperson), Jouni Kakkonen, Jari Lehtinen and Timo Rossi.

The work group for the capital city region organizes local activities in Helsinki and organizes visits to places in the capital city area. The work group includes Kari Salo (chairperson) and Mikko Kuitula.

The SukuForum moderation team ensures that the discussion on the Society's SukuForum takes place in accordance with the rules of the forum. Jouni Kaleva and Juha Vuorela, and the online service specialist (administrator) of the Society, form the moderating team.

The board for genealogy teachers organizes training, meetings and support for the teachers of genealogy. The board includes Santeri Palviainen (chairperson), Hanne Clandér, Marja Kaski and Hannu Numminen.