Best web­sites for Lon­don re­sesarch

Fa­mil­iarise your­self with the city’s top fam­ily his­tory pages

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An­ces­try an­ces­try.co.uk

An­ces­try’s re­la­tion­ship with the Lon­don Metropoli­tan Ar­chives makes it the main sub­scrip­tion web­site for any­one re­search­ing Lon­don kin. The col­lec­tion ranges from par­ish reg­is­ters to wills, tax records, elec­toral reg­is­ters, school ad­mis­sions and Poor Law records. Many li­braries and ar­chives of­fer free ac­cess.

Bri­tish His­tory on­line bri­tish-his­tory.ac.uk

In­cludes Cal­en­dars of Close Rolls (1272-1509), Cal­en­dars of State Pa­pers Do­mes­tic (15091704), Vic­to­ria County His­tory for Mid­dle­sex, 16th cen­tury Lon­don maps and lots more.

Bri­tish Li­brary Maps bl.uk/ maps

As well as Goad’s Fire In­surance maps for the City of Lon­don, the Bri­tish Li­brary web­site in­cludes many maps for the Cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing one map­ping East Lon­don’s Jewish pop­u­la­tion.

Bri­tish News­pa­per Ar­chive

british­news­pa­per­ar­chive.co.uk In­cludes The East Lon­don Ob­server (18571879), The Mid­dle­sex Chron­i­cle (1860-1945), the North Lon­don News (1860-1895), the South Lon­don Chron­i­cle (1859-1878), the Shored­itch Ob­server (1857-1915) and the Tower Ham­lets and East End Lo­cal Ad­ver­tiser (1866-1870). Also avail­able on Find­my­past.

Charles Booth’s Lon­don booth.lse.ac.uk

This at­trac­tive web­site en­ables you to look not only at Booth’s ‘poverty maps’ but also at the ac­com­pa­ny­ing note­books.

COL­LAGE col­lage.city­oflon­don.gov.uk

Over 250,000 im­ages of Lon­don from LMA and Guild­hall Art Gallery.

De­ceased On­line de­cease­donline.com

A grow­ing data­base for Bri­tish ceme­tery records; up to 75 years from date; in­cludes Lon­don ma­te­rial.

Find­my­past find­my­past.co.uk

West­min­ster col­lec­tion in­cludes par­ish reg­is­ters, rate books and Poor Law records, plus Lon­don ap­pren­tice­ship ab­stracts (1442-1875), Greater Lon­don Burial In­dex, Beth­lem Hospi­tal records (1683-1932) and Boyd’s In­hab­i­tants of Lon­don (1200-1946).

Hearth Tax On­line hearth­tax.org.uk

These records take you back to the Great Fire of Lon­don in 1666. Use­fully, Lon­don Hearth Tax records of­ten in­cluded oc­cu­pa­tion.

Ideal Homes www.ideal-homes.org.uk

Photographs, maps and short his­to­ries of the six south- east Lon­don bor­oughs.

Mu­sic Halls

roy­al­hol­loway.ac.uk/ drama/ Mu­sic-hall/ in­dex. asp A search­able list of en­ter­tain­ers from 1865-1890, stat­ing the role, date and lo­ca­tion of a per­for­mance.

Old Bai­ley On­line old­bai­ley­on­line.org

Search­able tran­scripts of tri­als from 1678-1913 use­ful for those whose an­ces­tors were caught up in this court sys­tem not only as crim­i­nals, but also as vic­tims and wit­nesses.

Lo­cat­ing Lon­don lo­cat­in­glon­don.org

Search a range of 18th cen­tury dig­i­tal re­sources against John Rocque’s Lon­don map of 1746 (see step by step guide).

Lon­don Lives 1690 to 1800 lon­don­lives.org

Fan­tas­tic free re­source for any­one re­search­ing 18th cen­tury Lon­don an­ces­tors. Search the large data­base or browse through a fas­ci­nat­ing range of doc­u­ments.

Lon­don’s Pulse well­comeli­brary.org/ moh

Learn about the health of Lon­don’s var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties us­ing the Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health re­ports for Lon­don 1848-1972.

The Na­tional Ar­chives dis­cov­ery.na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk

Use­ful be­cause the Dis­cov­ery data­base can be searched not only for the hold­ings of TNA, but also for other ar­chives, and there are many ref­er­ences to in­di­vid­u­als.

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