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The I.G.I. is primarily an index to baptisms and some marriages c.1538-1880, although a few other genealogical memoranda are included. There is a combined microfiche index for the City of London and former County of Middlesex; there are separate microfiche indices for every other ancient English and Scottish county, and for the Channel Islands, Ireland and Wales.

What can it be used for?

It brings together, in alphabetical sequences of surnames, entries from a large number of baptism and marriage registers. It thus enables wide ranging searches for a person or surname to be made even if the parish of residence is unknown. It names the parish from whose registers each entry is taken and so enables these registers to be searched for possible further details.

Where can it be consulted?

The latest (1992) edition of microfiche for the whole of the United Kingdom including the City of London and former county of Middlesex is available in the Printed Books reading room, together with the 1993 CD-ROM version for the British Isles, with its subsequent amendments.

The Manuscripts Section has another copy of the London and Middlesex section of the 1992 microfiche edition, for the convenience of readers using parish registers. This copy is kept in the lower part of the Manuscripts reading room, next to the microfiche viewers. With the viewers are notes explaining how to operate them and an annotated example of a frame from the index.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have a web site and it is possible to make an online search of the IGI and other resources.

Which parishes are included?

An approximate list of parishes included in the index and the years covered for those parishes can be obtained from either of two sources:

1) the microfiche "Parish and vital records listing", produced by the Mormon church (copies of these microfiche can be seen at Guildhall Library - they are kept in the front of the tray containing the I.G.I.).

2) the Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers (1995) edited by Cecil R Humphrey-Smith (available at the Printed Books and Manuscripts enquiry desks at Guildhall Library, and also at many other public reference libraries).

Can copies from the index be supplied?

At Guildhall Library copies can be obtained from the self service microfiche reader-printer in the Printed Books reading room. Copies cost 20 pence each. The machine accepts all denominations of coins, but does not give change. A change machine is available in the Printed Books Section of the Library. Electronic cards, which work in Guildhall Library's copying machines, are available at the Bookshop.

Guildhall Library's copying service is not available by post or telephone. However, copying facilities are also available at: The Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA.

Orders by post will be accepted by the Society.

Can the index be seen elsewhere?

The index is available at a number of libraries throughout the world.

In London it may be seen at the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, London, EC1M 7BA, and at the Genealogy Library of the Mormon Church, 64-68 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PA, as well as at Guildhall Library.

For the addresses of libraries etc. where the index is available in other parts of the United Kingdom consult General Register Office and International Genealogical Indexes: Where to find them (1988), by J.Gibson (available at the Printed Books and Manuscipts desks at Guildhall Library; copies can be purchased from the Federation of Family History Societies, c/o Benson Room, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS).

Sources for Genealogical Research Available in Mormon Family History Centres:

Does your family history research require you to consult records held by Guildhall Library in the City of London? Are you unable to visit Guildhall Library in person, perhaps because you live overseas? You may find that you are able to do your research nearer to home at a Family History Centre run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).



Many of the genealogical sources held by the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library have been microfilmed by the Mormon Church; these are described overleaf. Copies of the films were given to Guildhall Library and many of these microfilms are available without appointment in the Manuscripts Section's reading room on a self-service basis. However, the microfilms are also held in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States of America. It is possible to obtain copies of these films on loan through a Mormon Family History Centre. On arrival the films are available for viewing in the Family History Centre for one or three months; you pay a small fee to defray shipping costs.


Most Family History Centres are located in meeting houses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although privately-owned, everyone is welcome to use the centres. Your local telephone directory should enable you to find your nearest centre. The location of Family History Centres in the British Isles can be obtained from the British Isles Family History Service Centre, 185 Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B76 1JU (telephone 0121 384 2028; fax 0121 382 5948) or at (go to Find a Family History Centre).

Before you visit a Family History Centre, it is advisable to telephone to find out when it is open as opening hours vary. Please note that centres do not respond to postal enquiries so you will have to do your research in person.

Family History Centres hold a number of reference and research aids including the International Genealogical Index (IGI) which can be searched at The Family History Library Catalogue (FHLC) lists all the materials held in the main library in Salt Lake City, including the microfilms of Guildhall Library material, and can be consulted at all Family History Centres and searched at


The Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library is the local record office for the City of London (the "Square Mile"), although it does not hold the records of the City of London Corporation itself which are separately administered. Its holdings date from the 11th century and include the archives of the Diocese of London, St Paul's Cathedral, the City wards and parishes, and around 80 of the City's ancient livery companies. It also holds family and estate records, military and taxation records, and the archives of several foundations which originated in the City of London, such as Christ's Hospital School and the Corporation of Trinity House. In keeping with its location, it holds considerable business and commercial archives, including those of the London Stock Exchange, London Chamber of Commerce and numerous merchant banks, insurance companies, stockbrokers, merchants, and other businesses and business organisations.


The principal series of genealogical records held by Guildhall Library available on Mormon microfilm are given below. These include not only records which must now be viewed at Guildhall Library in film form only, but also records which are still produced in the original. All these records may be seen on microfilm at a Family History Centre through a loan from the Mormons' Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The Family History Library Catalogue (FHLC) available at Family History Centres gives full and up-to-date details of all Guildhall Library material on film.

Almost all registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in over 100 parishes within the City of London and in St Leonard Shoreditch, together with burials at Bunhill Fields burial ground and at the City of London Cemetery, Little Ilford.

Some Anglican overseas registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (16th-20th centuries).

Marriage licence records including those for the Diocese of London (1597-1851) and the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's (1670-1841).

Probate records including those for the Commissary Court of London (1374-1857), the Archdeaconry Court of London (1393-1807) and the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's (1535-1837).

Apprenticeship and membership records of some of the City livery companies and related organisations (mainly 17th-19th centuries), including apprenticeship records of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen (1688-1908) and records of the licentiateship of the Society of Apothecaries (1815-88).

Registers of children attending Christ's Hospital (1563-1890).

Taxation and rating records including Land Tax Assessments for the City of London (1692-1831) and some areas outside the City (mostly 18th-19th centuries).

Trinity House Petitions (1784-1854) and other records of the Corporation of Trinity House.


Institutions, but not individuals, can purchase microfilms directly from the Mormons. Please contact us for further details.

Manuscripts Section staff will be pleased to help you with any queries about Mormon microfilms

Last updated January 2006

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