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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April 2016

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet: 21 April 8pm: A Walk Along Fleet Street

City: 28 April 12.30pm: Members’ Meeting: Tell us about the earliest ancestor you have found

Enfield: 6 April 8pm: Then and Now – Forty Hill to Bulls Cross

Rayners Lane: 8 April 8pm: Finding Robert Hogg

Wembley: 25 April 8pm: Bletchley Park Code Breakers

For more details, please see the Meetings Section on our website:



All Guildhall Library events to August 2016 are online and available to book

Visit: for details of talks and walks. Any queries telephone 0207 332 1868

Wednesday 6 April 2-3.30pm Cost £7.50 Booking essential

Workshop: Wills and How to Find Them

Thursday 7 April 2-3pm

Free illustrated talk: Some Treasures of St Paul’s Cathedral

Thursday 28 April 2-3.30pm Cost £7.50 Booking essential

Workshop: Trades and Professions of our Ancestors


4 April -3 June: Feeding London: The Forgotten Market Gardens

18 April – 26 August: Photographic Images of London at Night



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

See Eventbrite for a full list of talks, guided walks and tours

Thursday 7 April 3-4pm

Free talk: Mapping a Community

Tuesday 19 April 2-3.30pm Cost £8

Workshop: Deciphering Old Handwriting (Intermediate)


Now until 27 April 2016

War in London: LMA reveals the effects of 5 conflicts on Londoners and their city. It is the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raids of WW1 and the 75th anniversary of the London Blitz during WW2



Holborn Library, 32-34 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA

Tuesday 12 April at 7.15pm No need to book.

Free illustrated historical talk: London – A City in Turmoil


RIOTS in Camden: 12 April -11 June

Camden in the Age of Shakespeare: 25 April -29 July

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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.