Help using the Online Catalogue
Below is a list of Questions and Anwers that should help you to start using our online catalogue.
London Metropolitan Archives
Use our online resources! Search London Generations, London Signatures (Wills from the Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex) and visit the Learning Zone - home of Elma the Elf!
Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section
View office information, read information leaflets and use indexes to several collections. The Manuscripts Section catalogue is available on the Corporation of London site (note that the catalogue lists items available in all of the Corporation's lending and reference libraries, not only in Guildhall Library’s Manuscripts Section)
Moving Here - View LMA documents and images
The Moving Here website is the result of a dynamic partnership between museums, archives and libraries and the public. It provides free access to more than 150,000 digital items, provided by thirty heritage partners, which record and illustrate the migration experience to England of Caribbean, Irish, Jewish and South Asian communities over the past two centuries. In total LMA contributed 12,900 records, all of which are already available on the Moving Here website.
London's libraries, museums and archives possess a treasure house of modern and historic photographs of London. The photoLondon website exists to highlight and promote these collections
Hackney Past Packs - view LMA documents and images
Hackney Pastpacks was created by London Metropolitan Archives for Hackney Archives Department, using sources in both archive collections to put together a package on Victorian life in Hackney for Key Stage 2-3 children. The site combines a time line with audio visual stories looking at theatre and public health, linking narration to supporting documents.
Plimsoll - view LMA images
Funded by a grant from the New Opportunities Fund and led by Southampton City Council, the project aims to create a digital archive of maritime records relating to British merchant shipping and the city of Southampton from 1930 to 1945. LMA has contributed photographs, plans and documents relating to London’s docklands and the River Thames, all of which are available to view online.
AIM25 - Search LMA lists
AIM25 is a major project to provide electronic access to fonds-level descriptions of the archives of over one hundred higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area. LMA descriptions are being uploaded into AIM25 as part of a project started in September 2008 and due for completion in September 2010. This work is in progress - new data is being added regularly, so please visit often to see latest additions.
This is the website of the Mormon Church of Utah and includes the International Genealogical Index (an index to parish register entries) and the 1881 UK Census.
This website contains information about government records and other sources for family historians as well as a link for the Family Records Centre.
Society of Genealogists
The Society of Genealogists website includes a wealth of information relating to genealogical research and links to other helpful internet sites.
FreeBMD is an on going project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration indexes of Birth, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales and provide a free online database.
The Federation of Family History Societies
The Federation of Family History Societies website has useful research hints and tips as well as links to its’ member societies.
The Guild of One-Name Studies
The website of the Guild of One-Name Studies, this links to the section of their website which contains details of the names that they have records for.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
This is a well known site and one of the most comprehensive indexes to online genealogical sites.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
The Jewish Genealogical Society website is a must for anyone embarking on research into a family with Jewish roots.
A link to many other websites (including the Catholic Family History Society) helpful for tracing Catholic records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The site of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission containing the Debt of Honour register that gives personal, service and details of place of commemoration for persons who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Helpers is a web interface designed to open up archival and manuscript collections in the University of London to family and local historians and other public library users. Helpers contains descriptions of archival and manuscript collections held in Senate House Library, University of London and other libraries in the University of London which are of particular interest to family and local historians.
The most comprehensive introduction to British and Irish research.
BBC Family History
A general introduction to family history compiled by the BBC
Church Plans Online
This website includes over 15,000 files and plans relating to Anglican Parish Churches that applied for funding from the Incorporated Church Buildings Society.
This site is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales from 1750-1919 (dates vary depending on area).
Old Bailey Proceedings
This website contains information from the proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674 – 1834, and includes a fully searchable index.
Hospital Records Database
This is the National Archives Hospital Database. Ideal for locating the surviving records of hospitals across England.
The Charity Commission is the registrar for charities in England and Wales. This site contains a fully searchable edition of the register of charities.
The Diocese of London
This is the website of the Diocese of London that includes a church finder index to give current information about open churches.
The Diocese of Southwark
This is the website of the Diocese of Southwark which includes a church finder section that gives current contact details, brief histories and photographs of churches within the diocese.
Rossbret Institutions Website
Rossbret’s Institutions site includes information about establishments such as workhouses, schools and remand homes.
The Hollies Children's Home Website
This website is devoted to The Hollies children’s home it includes a history of the institution, photographs and past memories.
This is an online exhibition about the presence of the black community in Britain from 1500-1850.
This site is dedicated to researching and tracing convicts sent to Australia. It includes some lists of convicts transported, names of ships, 'Convict Tales', and useful links.
This virtual archive is hosted by the Children's Society and includes information relating children who were in care from 1881–1918.
Peter Higginbotham's website devoted to the histories of workhouses across England which includes background details, pictures and an indication of the location of records.
Mayors and Sheriffs of London (MASL)
Provides year by year the names and offices of all London mayors, sheriffs, and wardens, 1190 to 1558, together with their company memberships (or, in the earliest years, occupations) where these have been identified. MASL also lists the dates of their terms of office as exactly as possible where such dates are unusual (for example, when a new mayor replaces a deceased mayor mid-way through the latter's term).
The National Archives
The website of the National Archives includes catalogues of records held by TNA and also a series of helpful research guides.
Surrey History Centre
The website of the Surrey History Centre with information guides and online catalogues.
Essex Record Office
Includes online catalogues, guides and a parish register database.
The National Register of Archives
The National Register of Archives which includes references to records held by repositories across Britain, especially useful for locating obscure records such as those for small businesses.