East Smithfield Liberty, Middlesex Genealogy
Guide to East Smithfield Liberty, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
East Smithfield Liberty, or, otherwise called St Botolph Without Aldgate, was known and called by that name. It lay partly within the City of London and partly in the county of Middlesex.
"East Smithfield is the area in front of the Royal Mint, and the St Katherine Dock's Office, and the street and avenues on the northern sides of those docks. Although it is now a close and confined nieghbourhood, it was in the reign of Henry III an open field, on which was held an annual fair for fifteen days at Whitsuntide, from the Eve of Pentecost to the Octaves of trinity. In the Library of East Smithfield a court-leet and court-baron are held, wherein pleas to the amount of forty shillings are held, nuisances presneted, and other similar judicial acts."
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.
East Smithfield Liberty parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
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To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Records are also available at the London Metropolitan Archives.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
- East Smithfield, Portsoken Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/148), Copy: FHL Film 2228700.
- 1600 - Lay Subsidy Returns for London, Middlesex, Surrey (north) 1593-1600: Eastesmithefield and Eastesmythefeilde adhuc (TNA E179/142/234) at Alan H. Nelson website - free
- Ossulston Hundred, Tower Division: The Tower Hamlets and Whitechapel, East Smithfield (The National Archives, Ref: E179/142/254); transcript by Charles Edward Banks: FHL Film 1550095 item 20.
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.
Poor Law UnionsEdit
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Maps and GazetteersEdit
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East Smithfield Liberty in St Botolph Without Aldgate on GENUKI
- James Elmes, M.R. I. A., Architect. In “A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions,” (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831).