London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

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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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August 2015

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 20 August 8pm: Brilliant Books and Wonderful Websites: Share your Favourites

City 27 August 12.30pm: Osterley House

Enfield 5 August: No Meeting

Rayners Lane 14 August: No Meeting

Wembley 24 August: No Meeting

For more details, please see our Meetings Section

GUILDHALL LIBRARY

Monday 3 August 11am-12pm Plague, Storytelling and Historical Sources

Workshop; Free; Booking essential

Tuesday 11 August 2-3pm

The Remarkable History of Temple Bar

A free talk: Built by Christopher Wren, Temple Bar marked the boundary between the Cities of London and Westminster. Rebuilt in 19th century at Theobalds Park, it returned to the City in 2004.

Thursday 27 August 2-3pm

Round and Round the Garden

An illustrated talk telling the history of Covent Garden from Anglo-Saxon settlement to 21st century shopping and entertainment area. Discover its scandals and its triumphs.

Saturday 29 August 11am-1pm

A walk exploring Covent Garden’s varied history. Meet at forecourt of Charing Cross Station outside the hotel. £8; pay on the day; no booking required.

Exhibition: from now until 11 September. London’s Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague 1665

All events at Guildhall Library require booking. Please book through:

Eventbrite: www.ghlevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Any queries telephone 020 7332 1868

LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES

Tuesday 4 August and Wednesday 19 August 11-11.45

Use LMA: Getting Started

Talk and Tour. Free; Booking essential

Tuesday 25 August 2-3pm

Victorian Photographs: London Life.

A look at Victorian photography and its importance in recording public and personal lives of Londoners.

Free; Booking essential

All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite; www.eventbrite.co.uk or by telephone; 020 7332 3851

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

The Society now has a Facebook Page!

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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

 

http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1795

 

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.