Monday 18 May 2020

London ancestors? Check out Family History Fortnight

The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and City of London's Guildhall Library will be celebrating Family History Fortnight until the end of the month.

 The campaign has many features (you can find out more by clicking the image, right) including free access to the LMA collection in the Ancestry UK database, and free webinars and videos, so for anyone who has ancestors who either lived in London, passed through the capital, or settled there after emigrating from Ireland, it's worth checking out what's on offer over the next two weeks.

Ancestry's LMA Collection is huge. It includes more than 20 million London Parish records from Church of England baptism, marriages and burial registers and Bishops' Transcripts. These date back to 1538.

Other record sets include Non Conformist chapel and congregation registers, London Poor Law records such as workhouse admission and discharge registers, Electoral Registers, City of London Freedom papers, LCC School Admission and Discharge registers, Land Tax Records, Marriage Bonds and Allegation and Wills.

Click here to view the record sets in the LMA collection and to start searching them. You'll need a registered account to view your search results.

If you don't already have a registered account, just start searching, as above. You'll quickly be prompted to log-in or register. Follow the registration instructions (you need only to give your name and email address) and you'll be sent a username and password. You're then free to search.