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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LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 21 May 8pm: Juvenile Delinquents

City 28 May 12.30pm: Traces of Pimlico Past

Enfield 6 May 8pm: A Trip to Medieval Times

Rayners Lane 8 May 8pm: Nobody Knew, Nobody Cared

For more details, please see our Meetings Section



Tuesday 5 May 2-3pm

The Story of St Katherine’s

An Illustrated free talk relating the history of this small but fascinating area next to the Tower of London. Hear about the Royal Hospital Church, Telford’s Docks and today’s Marina.

Wednesday 6 may 2-3pm

London’s Villages: Mayfair

Famous as the haunt of the famous and fashionable, Mayfair hides some great stories beneath the glitz.

Thursday 21 May 6-8pm

The Historic Collections of Lambeth Palace and the Sion College Library

Founded in 1610, Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principle library of the Church of England.

£5 plus booking fee and includes a wine reception

Tuesday 26 May 2-3pm

Shipwrecks and Masters of the Merchant Navy – The Lloyds Marine Collection. Free Workshop

Tuesday 26 May 6-8pm

Shakespeare in London

Free talk. A lively reading of Shakespeare’s major work, looking at how London influenced his drama.

£5 plus booking fee and includes a wine reception.

All events at Guildhall Library are now booked through:

Eventbrite: Any queries telephone 020 7332 1868



Wednesday 6 May 1-2pm

Workshop: Handling Documents at LMA. Free and Drop in

Monday 18 May 2.30-3.30

Workshop: Reading Old Handwriting. £8 Booking is essential

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

Exhibition at LMA, 4 May – 2 October, Victorian London in Photographs, 1839-1901

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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.