London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

Events in London

April 2014

Guildhall Library

Tuesday 8 April 2-3pm

Wren’s Towers, Domes and Steeples – Summits of Genius

This talk focuses on Sir Christopher Wren’s church towers, domes and steeples which created a stunning skyline for the City of London

Friday 11 April 2-3pm

London’s Traditional Customs and Ceremonies

An overview of the capital’s many fascinating customs. This talk shows how some ostensibly senseless rituals have persisted for hundreds of years

To book these free talks, ring 0207 332 1868


London Metropolitan Archives

Monday 7 April 2-3pm

Pagan London

Festivals, rituals and fayres with links to pagan ideology will be explored in this talk. Come and discover the meaning behind them

Monday 21 April 2-3pm


Discover the amazing story of electricity in London and the effect on people’s lives

To book these free talks, ring 0207 332 3851

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.


City Digital Archive

Those of you who work in the City or want to do research there will be interested to know about the City Digital Archive.

It is located adjacent to Guildhall Library and is open during the Library’s opening hours, Monday – Saturday 09:30-16:45.

Access to the computers is free & printing facilities are available within the Library to users with either a History Card or City of London Libraries Card

The area is self-service and provides access to many resources including some of interest to family historians, including Ancestry and FindMyPast. Also maps, images and Quick Links to other useful sites.