Family History Archives

family history archives
Where do I go to search for my family history?

I live in London (UK) and am trying to search for my family history. I have done all the research I can online but would like to actually go somewhere to search for the records in person… I have looked at the direct gov website but it isn’t telling where to go! The national archives don’t have the records for births, deaths and marriages so where do I go? Thanks.

For the National Indexes of Registered Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England and Wales, go to the nearest reference library or LDS Family History Centre where you can search them on microfilm. However, it is much easier to search them online at Ancestry.co.uk or http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl

The National Archives at Kew have extensive archives including the census, pre-1858 Wills, military records, non-conformist parish registers, etc. Browse their website to see what they have that will be useful to you http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records%5Cdefault.htm

Wills since 1858 are held at the Principal Probate Registry at First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NP where you can consult the annual indexes http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/cms/1226.htm

London Metropolitan Archives hold baptism, marriage and burial registers for most of Greater London (though not Bromley and Croydon and maybe a few others which are held locally). You can search these parish registers on microfilm at 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0HB. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/

Parish registers for the City of London are held at the Guildhall Library at Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Libraries/City_of_London_libraries/guildhall_lib.htm

Parish registers for the City of Westminster are held at City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE

http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/archives/

The Society of Genealogists at 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA have a large collection of parish registers on microfilm from all over the country.

http://www.societyofgenealogists.com/

http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml

The London Family History Centre is at 64-68 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2PA
Phone: 0207 589 8561
Hours: M, F 10am-6pm; T-Th 10am-9pm; Sat 10am-5pm

http://www.londonfhc.org/

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