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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December 2015

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 17 December 8pm: No Meeting

City 31 December 12.30pm: No Meeting

Enfield 2 December 8pm: Christmas Social

Rayners Lane 11 December 8pm: Members’ Christmas Event

Wembley 28 December 8pm: No Meeting

For more details, please see our Meetings Section



All Guildhall Library events for September to December 2015 are online and available to book

Visit: for details of talks and walks. Any queries telephone 0207 332 1868

Tuesday 1 December 2-3pm Free. Booking essential

Talk: The 1915 Crew List Project. The official records of men and women employed on British-registered merchant vessels in 1915 have recently been indexed. This talk will look at the significance of these records and some stories uncovered during the project.

Thursday 3 December 2-3pm

Talk: Thames Lightermen. This talk highlights the Watermen and Lightermen’s records held at Guildhall Library and recounts the history of the trade.

Wednesday 9 December 2-3pm

Talk: Battlefield Pilgrimage: an Early History

After WW1 was over, veterans and others started to return to the battlefields, on what became known as ‘pilgrimages’. Hear some stories of visitors from the period 1914-1929 and consider how this may have shaped battlefield tourism today.

Thursday 10 December 2-3pm

Talk: Charles Dickens and his Christmas

Dickens greatly influenced the traditional Christmas. Learn more at this free talk.



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

See Eventbrite for a full list of talks, guided walks and tours

Thursday 3 December 3-4pm

Free Talk: Photographing the Home Front: 1939-1945

London suffered the effects of air raids and exhaustive demands placed on its resources. Discover the photos that capture this and the stories they tell.

16 November 2015 to 27 April 2016

Exhibition: War in London   Free. LMA reveals the effects of 5 conflicts on Londoners and their city. It is the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raids of WW1 and the 75th anniversary of the London Blitz during WW2


Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA  

Exhibition: Camden-Fifty years in pictures. Images of Camden from 1965 to 2015

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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.