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London Historical Records 1500s-1900s

Friday, 27th March, 2009

London Metropolitan Archives

Now you can explore London’s rich history through the lives of your ancestors with the launch of these fascinating historical records at

The records range from the early 1900s all the way back to the 1500s – around 300 years before Civil Registration. So they can help you go beyond Census, Birth, Marriage & Death records.  Currently released is Board of Guardians Deaths and Burials collection 1834-1906; and Births and Baptisms 1834-1934.

There are more than 77 million records in total, which will be released regularly over the next year or so. You’ll be able to see records first-hand such as parish records, non-conformist registers, electoral registers, parish poor records, boards of guardians, wills, transportation sessions – and much more. Watch out for more releases soon.

About LMA

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the archive repository for many London-wide organisations and is the largest local authority record office in the UK.

The archives of the City of London Corporation (COL) and the former Greater London Council (GLC), London County Council (LCC), Middlesex County Council (MCC) and their predecessors are held there. LMA also holds records for many religious, public, business, local authority and other organisations based in London. The dates of items that can be found there range from medieval to the present day, and their collections are constantly expanding. At the moment, there are documents to fill around 72 km worth of archives – an enormous amount of information about the capital and its people. This material dates from 1067 to 2006 and is an important part of London life, its past, present and future.

500 Years of London history to launch online

Monday, 24th November, 2008

From the City of London website:

London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section are delighted to announce a new partnership with Ancestry™ to digitise genealogical sources.

The first records will launch on in early 2009, with the following prioritised for launch in the coming year:

  • Parish records – records from more than 10,000 Greater London parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials dating from the 1530s to the 20th Century
  • Poor Law documents – relating to the administration of poor relief, including workhouse registers from 1834 onwards
  • London school admissions – records from 843 individual London schools dating from the early Victorian times through to 1911, providing admission and personal details for millions of London students

It is anticipated that the full digitisation and indexing program will include:

  • Parish baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Bishops transcripts
  • Parish poor law records
  • Boards of Guardians records
  • Diocesan marriage bonds and allegations
  • Non-conformist baptisms, marriages and burials
  • School admission and discharge registers
  • Electoral registers, overseers returns and poll books
  • Land tax records
  • Wills
  • City of London Freedoms
  • Middlesex Sessions – Transportation Contracts
  • Consistory Court of London Matrimonial and Testamentary Papers

We will provide free access to view the indexes and images through on the computer terminals in our public rooms.  The program will start shortly and we will release further information about the project over the coming months.

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