London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

Events in London

July 2014

Guildhall Library

Thursday 10 July 2-3pm

Kensal Green Cemetery

The long-term scandal of the City’s overcrowded graveyards led to the opening of London’s first purpose-built cemetery at Kensal Green in 1833. Besides being the only public cemetery containing royalty, Kensal Green has the largest collection of listed monuments in the country.

Tuesday 15 July 2-3pm

Over the Bridge

Once the City’s scandalous playground, the South Bank can still surprise. In this talk you will encounter a sailing ship that has circled the globe, a famous food market and a prostitute’s burial ground. Learn, also, how a bishop acquired eighteen brothels!

Wednesday 16 July 6-8pm

The Huguenot Story

The story of the Huguenots is one of bravery, entrepreneurism, creativity and industry. Over 50,000 settled in London, fleeing religious persecution and thereby transforming the skills-base of the country.

£5 plus booking fee – includes wine reception.

Tuesday 22 July 2-3pm

Shipping, Shipwrecks and Masters of the Merchant Navy: The Lloyd’s Marine Collection

Explore this important maritime collection which offers resources for study of the Merchant Navy from 1741 to the present day.

To book these free talks, telephone 020 7332 1868


London Metropolitan Archives

Thursday 3 July 3-4pm

SNAP! A Generation of London Streets Captured

Early photographs of London tell a story of community, urban development and lifestyle. Discover the information they hold, how they can support your research and where you can find them using Mediatheque

Wednesday 16 July 2-3pm


An illustrated talk exploring the history of this fascinating area of London through prints, photographs and documents from the LMA collections.

To book these talks, telephone 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.


City Digital Archive

Those of you who work in the City or want to do research there will be interested to know about the City Digital Archive.

It is located adjacent to Guildhall Library and is open during the Library’s opening hours, Monday – Saturday 09:30-16:45.

Access to the computers is free & printing facilities are available within the Library to users with either a History Card or City of London Libraries Card

The area is self-service and provides access to many resources including some of interest to family historians, including Ancestry and FindMyPast. Also maps, images and Quick Links to other useful sites.