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Unknown Report 24 May 2005 13:37

The Harleian Society have recorded parish register details from a number of London churches although most seem to be pre-1800s. It’s worth checking to see if your library holds any copies of these books. I just looked up a marriage that I had found on the IGI and it gave me the witness names and that they were bachelor/spinster of this parish. Saved myself a tript to Westminster Archives! http://harleian(.)

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Animal Lover Report 26 May 2005 12:47

Does anyone know if there are any records that can be accessed for people who used to work for Islington Council (or equivalent) in the 1800 and early 1900's? Looks like one side of my family had the monopoly there! Jan


Unknown Report 5 Jun 2005 16:39 There is a wealth of information under the Middlesex section with information about the development of various areas, what type of people lived there, what jobs they did, schools, religions and all sorts of other information.


Jennifer Report 14 Jun 2005 10:54

What a helpful thread! Thank you! I have been trying for ages - as I am sure everyone on the site knows - to find the ancestors of John Thomas Munro c 1804 , or to find any clues as to where he came from. At least I have a few more places to look now. I am hoping there will be something in the Guildhall Library about him as he was an apprentice organ builder in the Minories it seems.


Unknown Report 16 Jun 2005 13:54

I’ve just come across this site. Haven’t had a proper look yet but it looks as if it might have some interesting London information. http://www.nationmaster(.)com/encyclopedia/History-of-London


Michelle Report 16 Jun 2005 14:05

this will be a handy tool for those of us that find the UK data etc hard to comprehend...being Aussie it will help me lots when most of my past lations come from over there Good thought


Chloe Report 16 Jun 2005 17:39



NightingalesLostnFound Report 22 Jun 2005 08:11

Thanks Louise Blimey, it gonna take ages to get through this little lot... YA_HOOO


Unknown Report 26 Jun 2005 16:45

Original Added by Deborah Coone on 26/06/2005 12:16:45 East End of London Jack The Ripper casebook web site has an amazing amount of tit bits regarding Life in the East End and is well worth a search through to learn of living conditions of our ancestors www*casebook* org/victorian_london Another good site I'd like to share is Charles Booth who surveyed life and labourer in 1886 - 1903 http://booth*lse*ac*uk/ JUST REMOVE THE * AND REPLACE WITH A .


heleninrotterdam Report 21 Jul 2005 08:33

I posted a London map thread yesterday, but then saw this thread, so thought I may as well add this one to the list to keep everything together in one place. I found this great map of London in 1889 with every street colour coded to show how rich/poor the people living there were. After the 3 w's put Helen P.S. I was surprised and over the moon to find my great grandfather listed in historical directory! Thanks for that link.


Unknown Report 1 Aug 2005 10:36

If your ancestor was a Metropolitan Policeman, then you can find him at the National Archives in their MEPO records. You can look for his enrolment on microfilm, which will give his warrant number. Then you can find the original form filled in when he joined - this will give a physical description, his date of birth and birthplace, whether or not he belonged to a secret society (?) any previous public service, last employer, current address etc. It will tell you which division(s) he worked in and if he resigned/was pensioned. If he retired you can check his pension details too, which will give how much his pension was, his address on retiring, plus the address he wanted the pension sent to, plus details of wife, children. For details see here: If you are lucky, he might be on police-orders. This might have basic dates of his joining/leaving etc. as well as the division(s) he worked in. You can search by surname or warrant number, if you know it, here: Nell ps if he was a City of London policeman, his details will be at the Guildhall.


Carolyn Report 2 Sep 2005 21:40



Brit Report 2 Sep 2005 22:49

WOW! THIS IS A GREAT THREAD. PLENTY TO KEEP ME OUT OF THE KITCHEN FOR A LOOOONG TIME!! MOST OF MY RELLIES ARE FROM LONDON AND IT HAS BEEN A NIGHTMARE TRYING TO TIE THEM TOGETHER...I HAVE GREAT HOPES WITH THESE NEW SITES. I found a list of registration districts in London on genuki, which has been very helpful in grouping civil registration districts together into areas. (Example looking under Mile End Old Town you are told it was created in 1857 from the Stepney District, and abolished in 1926. Now registers under Tower Hamlets. It includes several subdistricts) It has allowed me not to discard a lead because the district wasn't the same name as I was looking for. Also Combs and c. Map and Legend to Greater London Boroughs, with parishes within 20 m. of the city of London can be found on www*combs-families*org/combs/records/england/Ind/map*html (remove* and insert .) Keep nudging this one.

 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 2 Sep 2005 22:59

I have a relative that was working at The Chelsea Hospital as a gardener. Does anyone know of a site that lists the outside staff of the hospital. Thanks in advance. Sue


Sylvie Report 5 Sep 2005 17:50

Thanks to all contributors.. this will really help me as the part of London I am researching went from Middlesex to Surrey and finally Essex...I was going round in circles, now I am just weaving!!


Trudi Report 18 Sep 2005 01:01

Hi everyone What a great thread and so interesting. I have ancestors from London and Middlesex. This site is so informative. Just a question I was hoping maybe someone can direct me the right direction please. My ancestor was a shipwright and I was wondering would there be any records for him. The time line was 1850 -1880. Will keep on searching through these great sites. Kind regards Trudi


Jan Report 28 Sep 2005 00:32

Lyla, this is such a useful thread. Thank you. I'm posting so I don't lose it. Jan xx


Vicky Report 16 Oct 2005 18:39

nudge so I don't lose this (cos I know I'll need it one day)


Hazel Report 16 Oct 2005 21:36

Me too, to keep it in my files! Hazel


Hazel Report 16 Oct 2005 21:36

Me too, to keep it in my files! Hazel