Family History

Many of our collections are of interest to genealogists. You can search our catalogue and request to view some of these sources in our Archives Study Area, but you can also view a great many of them online. Our primary online service for family historians is

Our Records on Ancestry

Begin searching our digitised collections on Approximately 11.5 million pages from Parish Registers, Bishop's Transcripts, Poor Law Records, Non-Conformist Records and Wills have already been added. Free access is available from the computer terminals at London Metropolitan Archives. If you are not using this catalogue at London Metropolitan Archives, please use this link to access the Ancestry website (please note that it is a subscription service).

Further information about researching your family history with us can be found in our information leaflets.

If you can't visit us in person and would like us to carry out paid research in our records on your behalf you can use our Paid Document Research Service.

Onsite Reference Sources

We also provide free access to a number of online reference sources from the computers at London Metropolitan Archives. Sources include FindMyPast, Dictionary of National Biography, Consistory Court of London Wills and Administrations index and digitised newspapers such as The Times, Daily Mirror and 17th, 18th and 19th Century British Library Collections.

Please note that these sources can only be used on the public terminals at London Metropolitan Archives. The above link will not work in any other location.

Popular Family History Resources

The website of the Mormon Church in Utah, it includes the International Genealogical Index (IGI) particularly useful for tracing baptisms, marriages and burials prior to 1837 when civil registration began.
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.
Birth, Marriage and Death indexes on Ancestry
Search the digitised indexes of official Births, Marriages and Deaths between 1837 and 2005 for England and Wales. Free access is available from the computer terminals at LMA.
Census records on Ancestry
Search over 865 million UK family history records via including censuses 1841-1901, fully indexed birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, phone books, military and parish records as well as family trees. Free access is available from the computer terminals at LMA.

Family History Links

General Register Office
Information on ordering official Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates from the General Register Office
Society of Genealogists
The Society of Genealogists website includes a wealth of information relating to genealogical research and links to other helpful internet sites.
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, showing 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.
Catholic History
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.
The most comprehensive introduction to British and Irish research.
BBC Family History
A general introduction to family history compiled by the BBC