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London's Historical Records can be found at www.ancestry.co.uk

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London’s rich history can now be explored through the lives of our ancestors with the launch of Ancestry.co.uk's fascinating historical records.

The records which were released online this week range from the early 1900s all the way back to the 1500s – around 300 years before Civil Registration so they can help you go beyond Census, Birth, Marriage & Death records.

There are more than 77 million records in total, which will be released regularly over the next year or so. Records such as parish records, non-conformist registers, electoral registers, parish poor records, boards of guardians, wills and transportation sessions will be able to be viewed first-hand.

In total, the collection spans more than 400 years, representing a varied and colourful picture of London and its inhabitants. It covers registers from over 700 churches within the former counties of London and Middlesex.

In total there are seven different types of records including:

  • Parish Baptism Registers (up to 1906)
  • Parish Marriage Registers (up to 1921)
  • Burial Registers
  • Bishops' Transcripts (copies of entries in the baptism, marriage and burial registers. They were made by churchwardens once a year and returned to the Bishop's Registry.)
  • Other religious archives

and other collections which include:

  • Board of Guardians (up to 1911)
  • School Admissions and Discharge Registers (up to 1911)
  • Electoral registers and poll books (up to 1965)
  • Land Tax documents
  • Surrey marriage bonds and allegations (up to 1830)
  • Wills

March 26, 2009