London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

EVENTS in March 2015



Thursday 5 March 2-3pm

Stained Glass in the City

Explore the history of stained glass and look at the variety of artistic styles to be found in the windows of many of the historic churches in the City

Tuesday 10 March 2-3pm

London’s Villages: Chelsea an illustrated talk

Chelsea has housed sinners and at least one saint. It has been the haunt of artists, poets and philosophers, and in the sixties it was the heart of Swinging London.

Wednesday 18 March 2-3pm

Kew Village and Gardens

A look at the fishing village that became the home of royalty, courtiers, artists and Maids of Honour, as well as the renowned Botanic Gardens

Monday 30 March 6-8pm

An Evening to Die For: Plague, storytelling and historical sources

Workshop and lecture. Explore the Bills of Mortality held at Guildhall Library and view a variety of original sources. The evening will round off with an atmospheric storytelling session and a glass of wine

£5 plus booking fee.

All events at Guildhall Library are now booked through:

Eventbrite: Any queries telephone 020 7332 1868



Tuesday 10 March 2-3pm

Pestilence and PLague

1665 saw the Great Plague sweep through London. Discover more about this with documents from LMA collections

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



32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA (2nd Floor at Holborn Library) No need to book.

Tuesday 3 March 7.15pm

Voices from King’s Cross Past

A free illustrated talk about the King’s Cross Voices Oral History Project

Saturday 7 March 1pm

War, Women and Wounds, Endell Street and Beyond

On International Women’s Day, a Medical Historian and Author gives a free illustrated talk looking at the contribution made by women in Camden to the care of the wounded in the Great War

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.
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.

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.