London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

banner3

 

Welcome to the website of the London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society. For over 40 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.

LWMFHS was formed in 2001 when the London and North Middlesex FHS (previously the North Middlesex FHS) joined together with the Westminster and Central Middlesex FHS (previously the Central Middlesex FHS.

 

You can also follow us on Facebook:

FB FindUsOnFacebook 144

Cover C compressed

The Society has started publishing a new series of Parish Guides. The purpose of these is to assemble in one booklet a list of the main records of each Ancient Parish in our area and where these can be found, whether they be original hard-copy records or on the internet.  Our aim is to inspire family historians and help them locate their ancestors in places they might not have thought of looking before. 

The booklets cost £6 each plus postage and packing and can be purchased from GenFair or by writing to the Editors.

Clerkenwell, St Anne Soho, Paddington, St George Hanover Square, Islington, St James Piccadilly,  St Marylebone , Enfield , St Margaret and St John Westminster, St Pancras, Willesden,  Tottenham, Pinner, Hendon, East Barnet and St Clement Danes are available now. Great and Little Stanmore are due out on 1 May 2020 and Hampstead on 1 July 2020.

                               NEW SERIES: Monumental Inscriptions

The Society has now published three in this new series. Each booklet will contain the monumental inscriptions from a church and graveyard in our area. Photographs and diagrams are also included. The inscriptions were collected by members in the 1980s and originally published on fiche. Each booklet costs £6 and can be purchased from GenFair or by writing to the Editors.

Monumental Inscriptions: St John the Baptist, Chipping Barnet; St Mary the Virgin, Monken Hadley;  

 St James Hampstead Road and St Mary, Hornsey

 

Link to GenFair: https://www.genfair.co.uk/supplier.php?sid=391

 

THE SOCIETY'S PRIVACY POLICY AND AN ONLINE CONSENT FORM CAN BE FOUND IN THE MEMBERSHIP SECTION

 APRIL and MAY 2020

CORONOVIRUS: Please note that all our Branch meetings have been cancelled until further notice. 

The National Archives, Kew and the London Metropolitan Archives are now closed to the public until further notice.

The Society of Genealogists is also closed until further notice.

 

NEWS from the National Archives, Kew - "We are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors"

Please see their website for more details: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Free records include: First and Second World War records,plus medal index cards; Military records including unit war diaries;

Royal and Merchant Navy records; Wills.

 

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

All April and May 2020 Branch Meetings have been cancelled.

As we are now spending more hours at home, perhaps it is time to review our own family history and get those notes and photos in order! Websites such as FamilySearch, Findmy past and the Family History Federation have ideas to help us - videos, podcasts etc.

 

Do look at our LWMFHS Facebook page which is regularly updated with news and there is now a Help and Discussion 'group'.  

Our Editors are working on the September issue of METROPOLITAN so if you have any questions or need help with research please get in touch. Articles and letters are welcome too.

      

GUILDHALL LIBRARY

All Guildhall Library events in 2020 are now online and available to book.

Visit: www.ghlevents.eventbrite.co.uk for details of talks and walks. 

Keep up to date with what’s happening at Guildhall Library through their Blog.

EXHIBITION

There are two online exhibitions: The Great Plague and The Great Fire 

CITY OF LONDON POLICE MUSEUM and is now in GUILDHALL LIBRARY.

A fascinating collection charting the development of the City of London Police force from its earliest days.

LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES 

All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk 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

EXHIBITION:

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 www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson 

CAMDEN LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVES CENTRE - Closed until further notice

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

CLSA are hoping to arrange on-line talks or events at fixed times. 

For more details: www.camden.gov.uk/about-the-local-studies-archives-centre

 

EXHIBITION:

 

 

 

 

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.