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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Thursday 9 November 2023 8-9pm: One Name One Place. This lecture will explore the reasons behind why we start one name or one place studies, their benefits and also their pitfalls. It will also look at some of the options available for storing and sorting out data. A handout is provided of the basics and websites discussed.

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


Two LWMFHS branches are now open. 


Thursday 19 October 2023. 7.30pm: Online Lookup Session



Monday 6 November 2023. 1.30pm : From Roxeth to the Royal Fusiliers

Finchley PG

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. 

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, Kingsbury, Holborn, South Mimms, Ruislip, St Giles-in-the-Fields, Totteridge, Hornsey, St Paul Covent Garden, Monken Hadley, Wembley, Edgware and St Luke Old Street. Coming next is Friern Barnet followed by Ickenham.

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. 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 and The Streets of the City of London.

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

I've just become aware of a wonderful new website called Locating London's Past at

This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map.

Records of crime, poor relief, taxation, elections, local administration, plague deaths and archaeological finds can all be searched and mapped on this site.