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 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, and St Pancras are available now 

                               NEW SERIES: Monumental Inscriptions

The Society has now published three 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 GenFair or by writing to the Editors.

Monumental Inscriptions: St John the Baptist, Chipping Barnet; St Mary the Virgin Monken Hadley

and St James Hampstead Road


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APRIL 2019


LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet: Thursday 18 April 8pm: The History of Britain's Roads

City: Thursday 25 April 12.30pm: Family History at Camden Archives

Enfield: Wednesday 3 April 8pm: Timelines and Ancestors

Rayners Lane: Friday 12 April 8pm: Post Haste (tracing Post Office workers)

For more details, please go to our Meetings Section.


FAMILY TREE LIVE:  Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY on Friday 26th and Saturday 27 April 2019 

Opening times: Friday 9.30am - 6.00pm. Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm. 

A new family history show in London: Two days of lectures, workshops, a DNA hub, advice stations and many family history societies. Family Tree magazine and the Federation of Family History Societies are hosting the event.

See for more details

LWMFHS will have a stand there. Do come and visit us.



All Guildhall Library events from January to April 2019 are now online and available to book.

Visit: for details of talks and walks. 

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


28 January to 24 May 2019: Merchant Navy Treasures: An Introduction to the Newall Dunn Collection at Guildhall Library

There are two online exhibitions: 1: The Great Plague and 2: The Great Fire


A fascinating collection charting the development of the City of London Police force from its earliest days.


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

See Eventbrite for a full list of talks, guided walks, tours and also free training sessions for new visitors - Getting Started, Handling Documents and Using our Digital Resources

EXHIBITION: Under Ground London.

15 April 2019 - 31 October 2019

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES Kew. The National Archives run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects. For more details visit 


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

Tuesday 2 April  at 7.15pm: Illustrated talk: King's Cross Railway Lands

Tuesday 23 April at 7.15pm: Illustrated talk: Curious King's Cross

Admission free to both talks. 


EXHIBITION: Batsford: 175 years of a Holborn Publisher - An historical exhibition by Pavilion Books

Monday 8 April 2019 - Friday 28 June 2019 





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.