Westminster St James, Middlesex Genealogy

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Parish History

'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]


Civil Registration

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

Online Westminster St James Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1813-1882 FindMyPast[2] 1723-1837 FindMyPast[2] 1685-1956 FindMyPast[2]
Indexes 1575-1885
Ancestry[3] 1723-1837 FindMyPast[2] 1685-1956 FindMyPast[2]
1685-1875 FamilySearch[4] 1723-1882 FamilySearch[5]
1813-1882 FindMyPast[2]

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

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.

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

1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid

Probate records

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 Unions

Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites


  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 'Westminster parish records coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 27 March 2012. Indexed collection.
  3. 'Vital Records Index - British Isles - Collection List,' British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd ed., hosted at Genoot, accessed 14 April 2012.
  4. Batches C135384, C135401, C135403, C135506, C135508, C135509, C135514, C135518, C135529, C135533, C135535, C135536, C135538, C135539, C135559, C320465, C320466, C320467, C320468, C320513, C320514, C320517, C320518, C320521, C147501, C147502, C147504, C147505, C147506, C147507, C148541, C320471, C320472, C320473, C320475, C320477, C320479, C320482, C320484, C320485, C320487, C320489, C320491, C320494, C723011, C723012, C723013, C723014, C723015, C723016, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  5. Batches M019021, M147507, M147511, M147512, M147513, M147514, M147515, M147516, M147517, M147518, M147519, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.