London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society



Welcome to the website of the London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society. For over 40 years we have been helping family historians who either have ancestors in our area or live here. Please look around our website and perhaps we can help with your genealogy. Better still, why not join our Society and get the benefit of the knowledge of other members and our quarterly journal METROPOLITAN.

LWMFHS was formed in 2001 when the London and North Middlesex FHS (previously the North Middlesex FHS) joined together with the Westminster and Central Middlesex FHS (previously the Central Middlesex FHS.


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The Society has started publishing a new series of Parish Guides. The purpose of these is to assemble in one booklet a list of the main records of each Ancient Parish in our area and where these can be found, whether they be original hard-copy records or on the internet.  Our aim is to inspire family historians and help them locate their ancestors in places they might not have thought of looking before. 

The booklets cost £6 each plus postage and packing and can be purchased from GenFair; Parish Chest or by writing to the Editors.

Clerkenwell, St Anne Soho, Paddington, St George Hanover Square, Islington, St James Piccadilly,  St Marylebone , Enfield , St Margaret and St John Westminster, St Pancras, Willesden,  Tottenham, Pinner, Hendon, East Barnet, St Clement Danes, Stanmore, Hampstead, and Greenford and Perivale (one booklet), Finchley, Harefield, Edmonton, St Martin in the Fields and Kingsbury.  Coming next on 1 September is Holborn.

Monumental Inscriptions:

The Society has now published five in this new series. Each booklet will contain the monumental inscriptions from a church and graveyard in our area. Photographs and diagrams are also included. The inscriptions were collected by members in the 1980s and originally published on fiche. Each booklet costs £6 and can be purchased from Parishchest, GenFair or by writing to the Editors.

St John the Baptist, Chipping Barnet; St Mary the Virgin, Monken Hadley;  St James Hampstead Road, St Mary, Hornsey and St Mary the Virgin, East Barnet

 Census Guides: 

The Society has also published two census guides naming streets from the 1851 census returns:The Streets of Westminster, which is available now and The Streets of the City of London which will be published in September 2021


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 JULY and August 2021


Thursday 12 August 2021 8-9pm: Humour in Genealogy A light-hearted walk through a variety of genealogical records, reinforcing the value of scrutinising original documents,

Log in details will be emailed to registered members a few days beforehand. The meeting will open at 7.45pm for an 8 pm start.

Members who have not registered and wish to participate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LWMFHS Branches: City, Barnet and Rayners Lane meetings have been cancelled until further notice

Do look at our LWMFHS Facebook page which is regularly updated with news and there is now a Help and Discussion 'group'.  

Our Editors are working on the September 2021 journal and future issues of Metropolitan, so if you have any questions or need help with research please get in touch. Articles and letters are welcome too.


COVID-19 news: dated 15 April 2021 - London is beginning to open up but check Archives' websites before your visit.


GUILDHALL LIBRARY - re-opened on 11 May 2021 with an appointment based system. Appointments can be made from 21 April by emailing the library - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10.30am-3.30pm

Full details on website

Visit: for details of online talks and walks.

Keep up to date with what’s happening at Guildhall Library through their Blog. 

CITY OF LONDON POLICE MUSEUM is now in Guildhall Library.

The museum will remain closed until Spring 2021

LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES - re-opened on Monday 10 May 2021 for pre-booked visitors only.

Bookings will be taken from Wednesday 21 April for the period 10 May to 29 July 2021


All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite: or by telephone: 020 7332 3851

See LMA website for a list of online talks and details for booking places. Bookings from 7 December to 28 January 2021 remain in place. No new bookings are being accepted at the moment. See their website for updates on this.


THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, Kew. The reading rooms re-opened on 27 April 2021.  All visitors must continue to book their visit and order documents in advance. The new 'book a visit to view our documents' service will be live from noon on Monday 19 April. See the website for more details.

TNA runs an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects. For more details visit for details of booking and online talks.


CAMDEN LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVES CENTRE - is open and operating a reduced service.

To visit, a prior appointment must be made by email or telephone. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 7974 6342 or 020 7974 3860. Appointments are for one hour only.  Holborn Library, 32-34 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA

The team continue to answer telephone and written enquiries and are able to undertake reasonable research on behalf of customers.


A note to members: electronic (PDF) versions of METROPOLITAN and a spreadsheet index are now available in the Members' Area (Under Files).


Ancestry have released new data covering the London Electoral Rolls 1835-1965. See


They are name indexed, though like so many scanned documents, the quality of the OCR is bound to vary. I noted that while some Middx records (e.g. for Enfield) are there for the earlier years, they are missing for the more recent period. However, it's a valuable resource allowing you to find addresses in the modern (post censuses) period.