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Archives for London Seminar Series: How to trace your London ancestors

Thursday 4 February 2016, 6:00 pm (doors 5:30 pm) - 7:30 pm | Huntley Room, London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Founded originally as the Society of London Genealogists in 1911, the Society of Genealogists hold an extensive library of resources for family historians, including compiled pedigrees, Boyd's collections of marriages and London burials and a digital collection of 60,000 records of London families from the 14th to the 19th centuries. But how to make the most of this and other archive resources? Join genealogist Else Churchill as she gives her best research advice gathered over 20 years with SoG and the many treasures waiting for the genealogist to discover. 

Advance booking is essential. Please book your place through Eventbrite or by contacting Jeff Gerhardt 020 7332 3879. Free to all AfL members, non-members £6. Refreshments provided. See also for details of all seminars, behind the scenes visits and joining AfL.

The Foundling Hospital

Are you carrying out research on the Foundling Hospital? If so, you might be interested in joining the Foundling Hospital Research Forum. The forum is open to all those studying the Foundling Hospital archives in depth. Further details.

David Allin's book, The Early Years of the Foundling Hospital 1739/41-1773 is now available in pdf format here

London Metropolitan Archives: News and Events

London Metropolitan Archives is home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. LMA is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit. LMA also has programme of events throughout the year - exhibitions, talks, walks, tours and workshops. Details of these events and news from the archives can be found on LMA's events pages.

New Publication: London's Sailortown, 1600-1800: A Social History of Shadwell and Ratcliff, an early-modern London riverside suburb

by Derek Morris and Ken Cozens

Published December 2014 by The East London History Society; ISBN 978-0-9564779-2-7

The first book to describe this unique area of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century London. Features the rich and the poor, the churches and chapels, the East India Company, Hudson's Bay Company, brewers, coopers, mariners, sailmakers, ship builders, ship chandlers. It also includes extensive indexes to names, places and subjects. Available at £12.60 (plus p&p UK £3.50; Europe £8.35; USA £13.15; Australia £13.90) per copy from Philip Mernick, East London History Society, 42 Campbell Road, London E3 4DT (e:;

Historic Hospital Admissions Records Project (HHARP)

This project provides online access to nearly 120,000 individual admission records between 1852 and 1914 for three London children's hospitals: Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Evelina Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, as well as the recently added Royal Glasgow Children's Hospital. Website