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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

FindMyPast adds 3.5million London records

Last week's FindMyPast Friday included a bunch of new London record sets that may be of value to researchers whose Irish ancestors sought work in England's capital or settled there. Brief details of these collections are below.

London Post Office Directories 1842, 1851 and 1861: The directories include lists of traders, bankers, people employed by the crown, officials, and lawyers as well as full street directories. They are not indexed but you can browse through a directory fairly easily as their different sections are well signposted and they list names alphabetically by surname.

Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration: This collection of transcripts and images of the original documents holds more than 1.7million records including bastardy papers, admissions, examinations, pauper records, valuations, work house records and more. It can be searched by name, year, place, record types and additional keywords, and the amount of information varies according to the type of record.

City Of London, Gunmakers' Company Freedoms and Admissions, 1656-1936: A small collection of more than five thousand records from registers of Freeman's admissions and lists of liverymen.

There were also some top-ups to existing collections (number of added records in brackets):