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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November 2015

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 19 November 8pm: Crime and Punishment

City 26 November 12.30pm: MacDonald Gill: Maps, Memorials and Murals

Enfield 4 November 8pm: Ancestors in the King’s Service

Rayners Lane 13 November 8pm: Northolt in the News: Highs and Lows of 19th Century Village Life

Wembley 23 November 8pm: Pre-Christmas Members’ Evening: Talks and Raffle

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 3 November 2-3pm Free. Booking essential

To Make Nobler and More Humanly Enjoyable the Life of the Great City: The Work of the Survey of London. 1894 to 2015. The survey of London is the leading reference work on the history of the capital and its buildings. Founded in 1894 by the Arts and Crafts architect and reformer CR Ashbee, it has evolved into a detailed and extensively illustrated area by area chronicle of urban London

Thursday 5 November 6-8pm

Never on a Sunday. Join the Friends of the City Churches on their 20th anniversary to discover what they do behind the scenes to preserve 800+ years of living history for the future.

£5 plus booking fee and includes a wine reception



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

ANNUAL CLOSURE: LMA closed on 29 October 2015 and will reopen on Monday 16 November at 9.30am


Thursday 26 November 5.30-6.30

Workshop: Deciphering Old Handwriting

A practical session giving expert help in reading different types of handwriting from 18th - 20th centuries

£8 and booking is essential.

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.

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



Saturday 21 November 10.30am-5pm

The London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) is holding its 50th Local History Conference.

The focus is on Middlesex. There will be five talks, displays and awards. Ticket: £15

Visit: for more details



Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA     Exhibition: Camden-Fifty years in pictures

There are two free illustrated talks:

Tuesday 3 November 7.15pm: Trade Unionism in Camden

Tuesday 24 November 7.15pm: Turbulent Priests

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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.