Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section


500 Years of London History To

Launch Online – 77M Names


London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section are delighted to announce a new partnership with Ancestry™ to digitise genealogical sources.

The first records will launch on Ancestry.co.uk in early 2009, with the following prioritised for launch in the coming year:

·        Parish records – records from more than 10,000 Greater London parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials dating from the 1530s to the 20th Century

·        Poor Law documents - relating to the administration of poor relief, including workhouse registers from 1834 onwards

·        London school admissions – records from 843 individual London schools dating from the early Victorian times through to 1911, providing admission and personal details for millions of London students

It is anticipated that the full digitisation and indexing program will include:

·        Parish baptisms, marriages and burials

·        Bishops transcripts

·        Parish poor law records

·        Boards of Guardians records

·        Diocesan marriage bonds and allegations

·        Non-conformist baptisms, marriages and burials

·        School admission and discharge registers

·        Electoral registers, overseers returns and poll books

·        Land tax records

·        Wills

·        City of London Freedoms

·        Middlesex Sessions – Transportation Contracts

·        Consistory Court of London Matrimonial and Testamentary Papers

We will provide free access to view the indexes and images through Ancestry.co.uk on the computer terminals in our public rooms. The program will start shortly and we will release further information about the project over the coming months.


Last updated September 2008

Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section