To commemorate the Great Fire of London's 350th anniversary, over 3.5 million historic London records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:
Brand New Records
London Post Office Directories 1842, 1851 and 1861, Browse
Browse over 1.5 million records from three London Post Office Directories. The directories include lists of traders, bankers, people employed by the crown, officials, lawyers as well as full street directories. They are presented as a browse search, which allows you to select a publication and browse through it from beginning to end.
The collection includes various lists such as a commercial directory, a trade's directory, a parliamentary directory, a street directory, and a court directory. They list names alphabetically by surname and allow you to discover your ancestor's occupation, business address, or home address.
Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration
Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration contains over 1.7 million records including bastardy papers, admissions, examinations, pauper records, valuations, work house records and more.
This collection houses several distinct types of document and the amount of available information will vary depending on the type and date of the records. Both transcripts and images of the original documents are provided and the collection can be searched by name, year, place, record type and additional keywords.
City Of London, Gunmakers' Company Freedoms and Admissions, 1656-1936
City Of London, Gunmakers' Company Freedoms and Admissions, 1656-1936, contains over 5,000 records that allow you to find out if your ancestor joined the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers. The records consist of registers of freeman's admissions and lists of liverymen that will reveal when they were admitted to the company, how they were admitted, and the name of the master they trained under. Images of the original documents can provide you with even further information about your ancestor such as their relationship to their master, exact date of admission, and full address.
The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers was founded in 1637, after decades of arguments over which of the city's livery companies would regulate the emerging trade of gunmaking. Guns were not seen as an essential element of warfare until the defeat of the Spanish armada in 1588 when sound cannons and good tactics enabled the small, quick British fleet to cut a swath through the lumbering Spaniards. After that, the supply of guns became a matter of national importance.
ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS
Thames & Medway Baptisms
Over 15,000 records from the parishes of St Alphege, Greenwich, St John's Wellington Street, Woolwich and Cliffe at Hoo have been added to our collection of Thames & Medway Baptisms. The collection now contains over 335,000 records and covers the period 1721 to 1970. The areas covered include, among others, Brentford, Deptford, Ealing, Greenwich and Rotherhithe.
Each records consists of a transcript of the original source material. The detail in each transcript may vary, but most will include your ancestors name, birth date, baptism date, location, parent's names and any additional notes.
Thames & Medway Burials
Over 10,000 records from the parishes of St Alphege, Greenwich and Cliffe at Hoo have been added to our collection of Thames & Medway Burials. The collection now contains over 186,000 records and covers Middlesex, Essex, Surrey and Kent for the period 1702 to 1997. The records also include prisoners from the Woolwich prison ships and the names of over 1,200 seamen who died on the Seaman's Hospital Society's hospital ships near Greenwich.
Each record consists of a transcript of the original source material. The amount of information listed may vary but most will include a combination of your ancestor's burial date, age at death, residence and burial place.
Discover if your English ancestor was buried in Westminster with over 105,000 new records. The new additions cover a number of Westminster municipal cemeteries and will reveal when your ancestor was born, when they died and where they were laid to rest. Westminster burials now contains over 1.5 million records dating back to 1538.
Each record provides an image of the original register held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre and a transcript of the vital information found in the register. The details in each vary for a number of reasons: the age of the record, how much was known about the deceased person and the physical condition of the original register. Some registers may even reveal whether your ancestors was buried in consecrated or un-consecrated ground, whether they were cremated and the cost of their burial.
London, Docklands and East End Baptisms, 1558-1933
Over 24,000 records from the parish of St Mary, Whitechapel have been added to our collection of London, Docklands and East End Baptisms. The collection now contains over 668,000 records from 27 East End Parishes.
Each record consists of a transcript created by Docklands Ancestors that will reveal your ancestors birth date, baptism date, parent's names, address and the location of their baptism.
Greater London Burial Index
Over 99,000 new records have been added to the Greater London Burials Index. The Index comprises over 1.6 million names from more than 226 parishes in the Greater London area and includes records from both Anglican and non-conformist parishes. It also includes the City of London Burials, Middlesex Memorial Inscriptions, Middlesex & City of London Burials Index and the South London Burials Index.
Each record comprises a transcript of the original index. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor; full name (including maiden name if female) birth year, death year, burial date, occupation, denomination, relationship and address.