Free Guide to London Ancestors

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FamilySearch is pleased to announce a new online guide to tracing London ancestors. The guide has been published in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

Features include articles on each of London's 109 historic parishes loaded with descriptions of records available online at major websites, British History Online,,,,, Google Books, Internet Archive, London Lives, and among others.

Genealogists will find tables describing where to find parish registers online, maps to pinpoint places London ancestors lived, locate census-like records for the Metropolis dating back to the 1500s, determine where to find wills of historic Londoners, find out if the parish church where your ancestor worshiped and its burial ground are still available to visit (or have been demolished), learn more about inhabitants' status and occupations, and how to find and use major London archives and libraries, such as the London Family History Centre, London Metropolitan Archives, The National Archives, and the Society of Genealogists Library.

Guides are also underway for Greater London counties of Essex, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey.

Historic London Parishes

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