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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October 2015

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 15 October 8pm: Bells of London: Oranges and Lemons

City 29 October 12.30pm: St John Ambulance

Enfield 7 October: EA Bowles and his Gardens at Myddelton House

Rayners Lane 9 October: Members’ Evening

Wembley 26 October: The Broken Branch

For more details, please see our Meetings Section



All Guildhall Library events for September to December 2015 are online and available to book

Visit: for more details. Any queries telephone 0207 332 1868

Wednesday 21 October 10am-5pm Free. Booking essential

Happy Birthday, Guildhall Library. On 21 October 1974, the present Guildhall Library opened in the West Wing of Guildhall. The first library opened in 1425. Come along to our celebration, learn more about our collections, learn how we care for books and take a behind the scenes tour.

10am: Workshop, Care of Library Books     11am: Behind the scenes Tour

2pm: Talk: The Historical Collections of the Library   3.15-4.15: Behind the Scenes Tour

Wednesday 28 October 2-3pm

Talk: Haunted London

This talk deals with some of the City’s top spooks, plus a few more from all over London.

An accompanying walk, Blood, Fire and Pestilence on 31 October 6.30-8.30pm will take you through the creepiest of the streets and alleyways around the Tower.

Cost is £8. Meet outside All Hallows by the Tower. No booking required.



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

Monday 5 October 2-3pm

Talk: A Camera on the Victorian City

A talk based on the LMA’s collection of images. How photographers were able to document London during the Victorian building boom.

Monday 12 October 2-3pm

Talk: The Bombing Campaign of WW1

This talk discusses Britain’s status as ‘no longer an island’ when Zeppelins and then aeroplanes began to bomb London.

See Eventbrite for the Guided walks and Tours



Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA

There are two free illustrated talks and no need to book a place:

Tuesday 6 October 7.15pm: Highgate Cemetery and its Residents

Tuesday 20 October 7.15pm: Camden – The First Fifty Years

And also an exhibition: Holborn: Then and Now

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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.