London & Middlesex Family History

Find your London ancestors and relatives with this list of links and resources to family history, genealogy and local history records.


Births, Marriages, Deaths & Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

There are many websites that contain London Burial Records, which you can see below.

Census Records

  • Census 1841-1921
    Search the complete census records from 1841-1921, plus the 1939 Register all at once. There are almost 3 million records for London in the 1939 Register, which is a great census substitute for that period.
  • FreeCen
    Has a good, but not complete, selection of free records to search and view.

Criminals and Convicts

  • Criminal Ancestor Records
  • London Lives 1690-1800
    London Lives features more than 240,000 pages of records taken from criminal justice and local government agencies in the capital between 1690 – 1800. The documents are drawn from parishes, guilds, workhouses, hospitals and more which include an estimated 3.35 million names.
  • Newgate Calendar
  • Old Bailey Online
    A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.

Electoral Registers

  • Electoral Registers 1832-1932
  • London Electoral Registers
    This collection contains electoral registers captured at the London Metropolitan Archives. The records contain lists of names and addresses of registered voters. The register of persons entitled to vote at any election of a member to serve in parliament, or to serve on the county council of the county of London. The records cover the years 1847 to 1913.


  • RootsChat Forum
    Help or get help from others researching their London or Middlesex ancestors on this frequently used forum.


Historical Directories

Local History


Military Records

Newspaper Archives



Photos and Postcards

  • Lambeth Landmark
    Lambeth Landmark showcases the best images from Lambeth Archives collection of over 50,000 photographs, drawings, prints and watercolours. You can also buy photographic prints of most images from the site.
  • The London Picture Archive
    Collage contains over 250,000 prints, photos and drawings from the 15th century to the present day as well as over 1,000 maps from the Guildhall library. The collection is devoted to everyday life in and around London.

Schools and Education

Societies and Groups

  • East of London Family History Society
    The East of London Family History Society, comprising over 1,800 members who share an interest in family history in one of the most fascinating and historic areas of London.
  • London Westminster & Middlesex FHS
    The London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society was formed in 2001 from an amalgamation of two former societies: the London & North Middlesex FHS (formed in 1978) and the Westminster & Central Middlesex FHS. The Society’s area now comprises the City of London, the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow and Islington, together with parts of Ealing and Hillingdon. Monthly meetings are held at five branches at which talks of genealogical or local interest are given. Each branch has its own resource collection which can be consulted by members at the meetings and there are also experienced members from whom advice and assistance may be sought. Members are welcome to attend at all five branches, which meet in the City and at Enfield, Barnet, Wembley and Rayners Lane.
  • Woolwich & District Family History Society
    The Woolwich & District Family History Society covers not just Woolwich but also Greenwich, Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead, Eltham, Welling, Bexleyheath and Crayford.
    Many people have ancestors who spent a few years or a few generation in this area. Many worked at the Royal Arsenal, the Royal Dockyard or served in the Artillery.
  • West Middlesex Family History Society
    aims to encourage and assist those involved in the study of family history and genealogy in the western part of the ancient English county of Middlesex.



Wills and Probate

Workhouses & Poor Law