London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

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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), Finchley, Harefield, Edmonton, St Martin in the Fields, Kingsbury, Holborn, South Mimms and Ruislip. Coming next on 1 March is St Giles-in-the-Fields.

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.

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

 Census Guides: 

The Society has also published two census guides naming streets from the 1851 census returns:The Streets of Westminster and The Streets of the City of London.

 

Link to ParishChest: https://www.parishchest.com/london-westminster-middlesex-fhs-4577.php

 

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

January and February 2022

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 10 February 2022: This meeting for members of the Society will be held online on Zoom - just before the Virtual Branch meeting. The AGM will open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Log in details will be the same as for the Virtual Branch meeting. See below. 

 

VIRTUAL BRANCH:

Thursday 10 February 2022 8-9pm: Introducing the 1921 Census: An illustrated talk showcasing these new records and giving tips on how to make the most of them.

Log in details will be emailed to registered members a few days beforehand. This meeting will open at 7.45pm for an 8 pm start.

Members who are not registered and wish to participate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Two LWMFHS branches are now open.  (with social distancing and masks)

BARNET BRANCH:

Thursday 20 January 2022. 7.30pm: Bring a problem to help solve!

Thursday 17 February 2022. 7.30pm  

 

RAYNERS LANE:

Monday 7 February 2022 1.30pm: Coroners' Inquests

 

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 March 2022 journal and future issues 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 now open by appointment only. Please check the website for details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm

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

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

CITY OF LONDON POLICE MUSEUM is now in Guildhall Library.

The museum remains closed as it is currently being used as a COVID-19 Test Centre for those without symptoms. 

 

LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES is now open without the need to book a seat. 

Opening hours: Monday to Tursday 10am to 4pm

All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk or by telephone: 020 7332 3851

See LMA website for a list of online talks and details for booking places.

 

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, Kew is open.  They encourage reading room visitors to book their visit and order documents in advance.See the website for more details. No need for booking to visit the exhibition, cafe or shop. The 1921 Census of England and Wales is now available in digital format in the reading rooms, free of charge. 

TNA runs an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects.

For more details visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk for details of booking and online talks.

 

CAMDEN LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVES CENTRE - is open and operating a reduced service.

To visit, a prior appointment must be made by email or telephone. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 7974 6342 or 020 7974 3860. Appointments are for one hour only.  Holborn Library, 32-34 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA

The team continue to answer telephone and written enquiries and are able to undertake reasonable research on behalf of customers.

 

Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 6pm: Free online illustrated Talk: From Prejudice to Pride - An exploration of Camden's LGBT heritage. 

Book your place on www.eventbrite.co.uk

A note to members: 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.