London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society


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


Events in London

September 2014

Guildhall Library

Tuesday 2 September 2-3pm

First World Memorials in London

Free talk: In 2014 WW1 memorials received more attention. This talk uses pictures to illustrate their beauty and symbolism and prompt us to give them a second glance and consider their meaning for us today.

Tuesday 23 September 2-3pm

London’s River

Free talk: The Thames has always been the lifeblood of London. It established Londinium as the Romans’ first trading port and later as the capital of the province of Britain. Its story begins, however, before AD43 and is remarkable and complex.

Wednesday 24 September 2-3pm

Policing the River Thames

Free talk: This talk discusses the history of the River Police, initiated by Captain John Harriott and Patrick Colquhoun in 1798. Find out about the police station ship ‘Royalist’, water beetles and why policemen walk the ‘beat’.

Tuesdays 23 September-11 November 2-4pm

Tracing your Family History: A Beginner’s Course

Aimed at those who are new to family history, the course will cover all the essentials to help you start tracing your ancestors. Each week we look at different sources and include practical sessions.

£80 Booking essential.

There are three exhibitions at Guildhall Library; from 4 August - 12 November 2014

From Beef Tea to Battleships - Personal stories from WWI including letters and medals.

The Remembrance Image Project - Photographs from the research phase of the project.

Poppy - a large-scale installation made of thousands of paper poppy flowers. All donations go to The Royal British Legion.

All events at Guildhall Library are now booked through:


Any queries regarding booking please telephone 020 7332 1869

London Metropolitan Archives

Tuesday 9 September 2-3.30pm

Introducing LMA’s WW1 Collections.

Discover the rich WW1 materials held in the LMA collections which reveal the experiences of Londoners 1914-1918 and the changing city.

Free but booking essential on 020 7332 3851

Ancestry releases Electoral Rolls for London

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.

Locating London's Past

I've just become aware of a wonderful new website called Locating London's Past at

This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map.

Records of crime, poor relief, taxation, elections, local administration, plague deaths and archaeological finds can all be searched and mapped on this site.

London's largest cemetery now on Deceased Online

Over ½m burial and cremation records for north and central London

Burial and cremation records dating from 1854 for the boroughs of Islington and Camden in central north London are now on Deceased Online. Two conjoined cemeteries, St Pancras and Islington, form the largest single cemetery in London and, in burial numbers, the largest in the UK.

Of the 800,000 burial records, approximately 70% of these are available immediately with the remainder to be uploaded within the next 3 to 4 months. The 575,000 records currently available comprise nearly 362,000 for the Islington section between 1854 and 1945 and the remaining 213,000 for the St Pancras section are for 1854 to 1898, and 1905 to 1911. Also available now are 46,500 records from Islington Crematorium which date back to 1937. The 8,500 most recent cremation records will be added in the next few months, together with the remaining cemetery records. 

The cemeteries and crematorium serve a large catchment area across Central and North London and will therefore be a major research resource. The burial records are in the form of scans of registers; grave details indicating all occupants are available immediately for St Pancras Cemetery, and for Islington Cemetery will follow in the near future. The cremation records include scans of registers.

Notable burials include Henry Croft, the original Pearly King; violinist and conductor Sir Eugene Aynsley Goossens, John Hickey (survivor of the charge of the Light Brigade complete with a memorial erected by, among others, Jerome K Jerome); MP and industrialist Alfred Mond, interred in a stunning mausoleum; recipients of the Victoria Cross and hundreds of other war graves; Ford Maddox Brown, the Pre-Raphaelite painter; and Cora Crippen (aka Belle Elmore), alleged victim of Dr Harvey Crippen.

Over the next few months, maps of areas in the cemetery indicating grave locations will be uploaded together with photographs of many notable memorials and headstones.

The Deceased Online database for London is now over 1.1 million including the Borough areas of Islington, Camden, Havering and Merton. Many more records for other areas in London will be added in the near future.