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 2016

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet: Thursday 21 July 8pm: Mayhem on the Midland- an Accident, a Suicide and a Murder

City: Thursday 28 July 12.30pm: Life and Death in the Workhouse

Enfield: Wednesday 6 July 8pm: Chronicles of Old Tottenham

Rayners Lane: Friday 8 July 8pm: The Great Fire of London 1666

Wembley: Monday 25 July 8pm: Ancestors Anonymous

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

Tuesday 12 July 2-3pm Free. Booking essential

British Empire Voice Recordings from the Great War 1915-1918, The Berlin Humboldt POW Archive

Thursday 16 June 6-8pm £5 plus booking fee.

Talk: The End of the British Empire: The Somme

Images of the battlefield and how the Somme changed the history of our nation.


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

1 July – 5 August: Anatomy of London: Survey of Contemporary London


Wednesday 27 July 11am-2pm in Guildhall Yard

City of London Police Museum Open Day Learn about the development of the City’s Police service. Come and see the police dogs and horses. There will be a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Find out about the forthcoming museum which will soon be opening within the Guildhall Galleries complex.


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

See Eventbrite for a full list of talks, guided walks, tours and also free training sessions for new visitors - Getting Started, Handling Documents and Using our Digital Resources.

Monday 4 July 2-3pm Free talk Booking essential

London and WW1: 1916 witnessed the Battle of the Somme. What was the impact on London?

Wednesday 27 July 11am-12.30pm Free talk Booking essential

Finding and Using Historic London Maps: Explore COLLAGE, the online image database

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES Kew. The National Archives runs an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects. For more details visit

Tuesday 12 July 2-4pm. Talk £10 Book on Eventbrite

Gommecourt:The First Day of the Somme

Do look at their Archives Media Player section where you can: find, play and download audio and video podcasts.


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


Camden in the Age of Shakespeare: Holborn, Hampstead and St Pancras: 3 May – 26 August

Riots in Camden: April – 31 July


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


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.