London Family History

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

Archives

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Burials & Cemeteries

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

  • Greater London Burial Index 1399-1902
  • Boyd’s London Burials
    This dataset, completed by Percival Boyd in 1934, is an index to some 243,000 of the burials in the London area 1538-1872.
  • Brompton Cemetery Records
  • City of London Burials
    Search the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium records for burials and cremations. The cemetery has been open since 1856 and there are over 150 years of heritage recorded in the Cemetery Burial and Cremation Registers. There are 88 Registers, weighing around 25kg each, with over 300 pages of recorded interments / cremations per register. Approximately 600,000 people have been interred here and with the remains of over 30 London Church yards also placed on the site, the figure is approaching 1 million.
  • London Burial Grounds
    An index of burial grounds and sites within and around London.
  • London Churchyard Inscriptions
  • Ladywell and Brockley Cemeteries
    Records for the Ladywell & Brockley cemeteries. There are currently transcripts of 13,700 gravestones which include the names of 37,000 individuals buried there.
    The cemeteries were originally called Lewisham & Deptford and both were established in 1858.
  • Deceased Online
    Has many burials for London and the London area
  • Kingston and Surbiton Burials

Census Records

Criminals and Convicts

  • Criminal Ancestor Records
  • London Lives 1690-1800
    London Lives features more than 240,000 pages of records taken from criminal justce 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.

Forums

Heraldry

Historical Directories

Local History

Maps

Military Records

Newspaper Archives

Obituaries

Occupations

Parish Records

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. We aim to bring together all those family historians with ancestors in the area or who live in the area. Beginners and experienced researchers are invited to join us. 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.

Surnames

Taxation

Wills and Probate

Workhouses & Poor Law