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 Family History Centre is one of the 13 Regional Family History Centres 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 13 Regional Centres are larger and have more resources on site.

Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

Address: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, United Kingdom

  • 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
  • An excellent list of local beds and breakfasts is available at


Phone: 020 7589 8561


Opening Hours:

  • Tues and Thurs: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Wed, Fri and Sat: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Closed Sun and Mon (plus the Sat. of bank holiday weekends)

Holiday Schedule:

See The National Archives' list of closure dates.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Classes are temporarily suspended while the Centre is located at The National Archives.

Staff Training Meetings

Centre Resources


The London Family History Centre has an onsite collection of about 60,000 microfilms from the Salt Lake Family History Library collection and these are primarily records of the U.K., Ireland, and locations where the British were, e.g. The Caribbean. This collection is expanding regularly. Microfilms not in the onsight collection can be ordered from the Family History Library Catalog on for a relatively small charge. The Centre also has 25 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 resticted 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.

  • London Family History Centre Catalogue: Discover what resources we offer. Browse or search.
  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
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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
  • Deceased Online
  • FindMyPast
  • Jamaican Family Search
  • Origins Network
  • TNA Documents Online[1]

Hardware and Equipment

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Centre Services

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area


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Volunteer at the Centre

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