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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July 2015

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 16 July 8pm: Hell upon Water: The Infamous Prison Ships of England 1793-1815

City 30 July 12.30pm: Bring a Problem – maybe we can help?

Enfield 1 July 8pm: A Convict in the Family?

Rayners Lane 10 July 8pm: St Pancras, from tiny village to International Station

Wembley 27 July 8pm: Bells of London – Oranges and Lemons

For more details, please see our Meetings Section



Thursday 2 July 2-3pm

The Life and Times of Wenceslas Hollar, Artist to London

A free talk: Famed for his Long View of London, the Czech engraver was brought to London by the Earl of Arundel in 1636. Join this talk to learn more about the artist.

Thursday 16 July 6-8pm

Plague: Late view and launch of exhibition

An illustrated talk telling the story of the Great Plague that swept London 350 years ago and which also links to the modern Ebola pandemic.

£5 plus booking fee – includes a wine reception

Wednesday 22 July 2-3pm

Turn Again, Whittington

Free talk: Dick Whittington was a poor country boy who came to London penniless, made a fortune with the help of his cat and became Lord Mayor three times. Oh no he wasn’t!!

All events at Guildhall Library are now booked through:

Eventbrite: Any queries telephone 020 7332 1868


Friday 10 July 10.30am -4pm

Discovering Huguenot Londoners

Talk and Workshop: A day exploring archive material linked to Huguenot Londoners and how to trace Huguenot ancestors. Find evidence which reveals their daily lives and work.

£10 Booking essential

Saturday 11 July 2.30-3.30

Reading old Handwriting.

Workshop £8 and booking essential. A practical session giving help in reading 18th-20th century handwriting

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.