London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society



Welcome to the website of the London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society. For over 30 years we have been helping family historians who either have ancestors in our area or live here. Please look around our website and perhaps we can help with your genealogy. Better still, why not join our Society and get the benefit of the knowledge of other members and our quarterly journal METROPOLITAN.


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MAY 2016

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet: 19 May 8pm: The Branch will be celebrating their 35th Birthday with a social event

City: 26 May 12.30pm: Samuel Pepys

Enfield: 4 May 8pm: The History of the Royal Ballet

Rayners Lane: 13 May 8pm: Quarter Sessions Records

Wembley: 23 May 8pm: Members’ Evening

For more details, please see the Meetings Section on our website:



All Guildhall Library events to August 2016 are online and available to book

Visit: for details of talks and walks. Any queries telephone 0207 332 1868

Tuesday 3 May 2-3.30pm Free Booking essential

Talk: Seafaring Ancestors on Camera

A look at photos of our maritime forebears to see the information they reveal

Thursday 12 May 2-3pm Free Booking essential

Talk: Shirley Hibberd, The Father of Amateur Gardening

Shirley Hibberd was a London journalist, scientist and naturalist


4 April -24 June: Feeding London: The Forgotten Market Gardens

18 April – 26 August: Photographic Images of London at Night



All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite: or by telephone: 020 7332 3851

See Eventbrite for a full list of talks, guided walks and tours

Monday 16 May 12-2pm

Foundling Collection: View photographs and objects from this touching collection – includes

tokens left by parents, administrative information and prints



Holborn Library, 32-34 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA

Tuesday 10 May 7.15pm No need to book.

Free illustrated historical talk: Smithfield: Holborn’s Ugly Neighbour

Thursday 19 May 7.30pm

Illustrated Talk: An Accident in Cat’s Meat Square

Free to members of Camden History Society. Non-members £1


Riots in Camden: 12 April -11 June

Camden in the Age of Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Holborn, Hampstead and St Pancras: 25 April -29 July

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Members may wish to note that electronic (PDF) versions of METROPOLITAN and a spreadsheet index are now available in the Members' Area (Under Files).


Ancestry have released new data covering the London Electoral Rolls 1835-1965. See


They are name indexed, though like so many scanned documents, the quality of the OCR is bound to vary. I noted that while some Middx records (e.g. for Enfield) are there for the earlier years, they are missing for the more recent period. However, it's a valuable resource allowing you to find addresses in the modern (post censuses) period.