London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

Events in London




Tuesday 4 November 2-3pm

Africans in Early Modern London

A talk which gives an insight into the lives of over 100 Africans living in Tudor and early Stuart London, many of whom were baptised or buried in City churches close to Guildhall. What were they doing? How did they get here? What was their legal status?

Wednesday 5 November 2-3pm

Who was Sir Christopher Wren?

An examination of the life and personality of arguably the most famous English architect.

Thursday 6 November 2-3pm

Victorian London

This Talk attempts to celebrate the enormous energy, confidence and creativity of Victorian London, while laying bare its weaknesses and terrible social abuses. Prepare to be both impressed and appalled.

Friday 21 November 2-3pm

Getting to Grips with Discovery Learning

City of London Libraries recently launched a discovery search, which means you can now use one search for all our print and e-sources. This workshop helps you get the most out of this tool.

Thursday 27 November 2-3pm

Apprenticeship in Early Modern London

The prospect of an apprenticeship attracted thousands of youths to the Guild Masters of London. Where did they come from and what became of them?

Friday 28 November 2-3pm

Thames Watermen and Lightermen Workshop

A workshop to demonstrate how to get the most out of the Watermen and Lightermen’s Company archives.

The above talks are free. All events at Guildhall Library are now booked through:

Eventbrite: Any queries telephone 020 7332 1869




Monday 17 November 2-4.30pm

Organise your Family History

This session will help you organise and manage your research materials and original documents through cataloguing and cross referencing.

£10 Booking essential on 020 7332 3851


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 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.