London Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Centre is temporarily located in The National Archives until a new location is found.

The London FamilySearch Centre is a large Family History Center, similar to the FamilySearch Libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as the Mormon Church). There are more than 4500 Family History Centres around the world with over 100 in the UK, but the 12 FamilySearch Libraries and the London Centre are larger and have more resources on site.

Microfilms previously available at the centre are available at the Society of Genealogists (

Centre Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • Within The National Archives Kew, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond England TW9 4DU United Kingdom
  • For sat navs use the postcode TW9 4AD (Bessant Drive)
  • Kew Gardens on the District Line to Richmond is the closest Tube station
  • Parking is available onsite
  • A reader's ticket is not required to use the Centre's resources
  • Cafeteria and lockers are available
  • There is an in-house bookshop with extensive selection of family and general history titles
  • An excellent list of local bed and breakfasts is available at



  • +44 (0) 207-589 8561



Opening Hours:

  • Tue and Thur: 9:00am-7:00pm.
  • Wed, Fri and Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm.

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed Sun and Mon (plus the Sat. of bank holiday weekends)
  • {| class="wikitable" |Easter |Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April (closing at 17:00 on Thursday 29 March) |- |May Bank Holiday |Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May |- |Spring Bank Holiday |Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May |- |August Bank Holiday |Saturday 25 August to Monday 27 August |}

See The National Archives' list of closure dates.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Centre Resources


There is no permanent collection of microfilms onsite. Microfilms can no longer be ordered. The Centre has 32 computers for patron use with websites such as FamilySearch, the 1911 Census for England and Wales, FreeBMD, GENUKI, and subscriptions to Ancestry, The National Archives, findmypast, amongst others. Running on the internal server and available on each of its computers are databases which include but are not restricted to, the British Vital Records Index - 2nd Edition, the 1881 British Census, the 1881 Canadian Census, the 1880 U.S. Census, the Scottish Church Records database (10 million names indexed from parish registers before Civil Registration started in Scotland), the Mormon Immigration Index and the Pedigree Resource File.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • Ancestry (International Edition)
  • British Library Newspapers
  • FindMyPast
  • TNA Documents Online[1]
  • The restricted access images England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records) and 1000's of parish registers and bishops' transcripts can be viewed at the Centre
  • The Genealogist ( is available for patron use without charge at the Centre

Hardware and Equipment

  • The London FamilySearch Centre has 24 online computers for patron use, plus one computer dedicated for the use of FamilySeach DOS. Images can be uploaded without cost to a USB memory stick (thumb drive) or printed at a minimal cost. 

Centre Services

Staff Research Specialties

British and Caribbean genealogical research

Resources in the Local Area


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  1. 'Computer and Subscription Resources,' London FamilySearch Centre,, accessed 28 July 2012.