London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society



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.


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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; Parish Chest 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, St Clement Danes, Stanmore, Hampstead, and Greenford and Perivale (one booklet). Coming next is Finchley  and then Edmonton,

                               NEW SERIES: Monumental Inscriptions

The Society has now published five 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 Parishchest, 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, St Mary, Hornsey and St Mary the Virgin East Barnet


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The society has recently launched a Virtual Branch which will be hosting online meetings, for members only, on Zoom. Our first meeting is on 22 October 2020. The dates of future meetings can be found in the Meetings section of our website.


Thursday 22 October 2020 8-9pm: Old London Bridge; the one with Houses on Top

The waiting room will open at 7.45pm so that everyone can be admitted and the meeting will start promptly at 8pm

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LWMFHS Branches: City, Barnet and Rayners Lane meetings have been cancelled until further notice


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 December 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 is currently closed

Visit: for details of online talks and walks.

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


The museum will remain closed until Spring 2021


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

See LMA website for a list of online talks and details for booking places. Bookings for October are full and bookings for November - December will open in mid October. 


THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, Kew is open.TNA runs an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects. For more details visit for details of booking and online talks.


CAMDEN LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVES CENTRE - Remains closed until further notice

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

The team are working and continue to answer telephone and written enquiries

Tuesday 3 November2020 6pm-7.30pm - a free 30 minute online talk followed by questions: How to use the Census for family and local history

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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.