Westminster St James, Middlesex Genealogy

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Westminster St James

Guide to Westminster St James, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Westminster St James, Middlesex
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St James Westminster
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Westminster
County Middlesex, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union St James
Registration District St James Westminster
Records begin
Parish registers: 1685
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not created until 1858
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster (Abbey) Post-1699 Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Middlesex Division)
Location of Archive
London Metropolitan Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

St James [Piccadilly] Westminster, [1685] the church of, is situated on the south side of Piccadilly, nearly opposite Sackville Street. it owes its origin to the increase of buildings in its neighborhood, and its parish is a cantlet from that of St Martin's in the Fields. It was built from the designs of Sir Christopher Wren, in the reign of Charles II, and was finished in 1683. This church may be justly considered, in spite of its mean exterior, as one of the most perfect of its great architect's designs, whether it be considered for commodiousness, beauty, or ingenuity of construction... The church was made parochial by act of parliament of the 3d James II. The parish is rectorial in the county and archdeaconry of Middlesex, in the diocese of London, and in the patronage of the Bishop of London.[1]

Westminster St James, Middlesex.[2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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Westminster St James Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
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Indexes and images
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FamilySearch Collections-Middlesex
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Middlesex
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Find My Past-Middlesex ($)
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1400s-1900s
Find My Past (Westminster)-Middlesex ($)
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1400s-1900s
Find My Past Banns-Middlesex ($)
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1700s-1800s
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Ancestry-London Church of England BMD (Early) ($)
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Ancestry-London Church of England BMD (Late) ($)
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Ancestry Marriage Bonds and Allegations-London and Surrey ($)
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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1800s-1900s
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1800s-1900s
Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1600s-1800s

Other Websites These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


1600s-1800s - Some Distinguished Residents and Lodgers at British History Online

1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs, (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Date accessed: 23 January 2014.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 23 January 2014.