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London Borough of Bromley

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): KEN, SUR, MID, LND

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies Library
Central Library
High Street
Tel: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8313 9975
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1800
Tuesday: 0930-2000
Wednesday: 0930-1800
Thursday: 0930-2000
Friday: 0930-1800
Saturday: 0930-1700

Other Libraries:

There is substantial related material at the Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, as this area was historically part of Kent

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes. 15 minutes free, then �4.10 for each 15 minutes
Payment by sterling cheque, MasterCard, Visa.

Provided by local Record Office? -

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations England and Wales 1837-1997. No appointment needed

5. Census returns

Area of London Borough of Bromley 1841-1901
1881 census index and transcript. England and Wales. Appointment needed

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kent (and some Home Counties) 1840-1938 - incomplete series

6(b) City and Town Directories

Bromley 1866-1962
Beckenham 1897-1939 (some including Anerley and Penge)

6(c) Telephone Directories

Bromley 1952 to date
Orpington 1967-1970. Included in Bromley 1972-

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Beckenham 1925- last non-current year
Bromley 1905-70 (continued as Ravensbourne 1971-)
Chislehurst 1912-1995
Bromley and Chislehurst 1996-
Orpington 1939-
Penge 1899-1947 (continues as part of Beckenham)
Ravensbourne 1971-1995
N.B. The Reference Library has current registers

7(b) Poll Books

Kent: 1791, 1803
West Kent: 1835, 1837, 1847, 1852, 1857, 1865, 1868

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

British Isles 1988 and 1992 editions, microfiche
British Isles 1992/1994 CD-ROM (Family Search) Appointment needed for family search

9. Unpublished Indexes

Archives name and place index
Biography index (names, etc. of local notables)

10. Parish Registers

Parishes in diocese of Rochester in LB Bromley 16th-20th centuries
Original registers and microfilms. Some transcripts
Microfilms to c 1900

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Kent FHS and NW Kent FHS journals (complete)
Several parish magazines
East Surrey FHS journal and Genealogists' Magazine (incomplete)
Family Tree Magazine (complete)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Not of our archives. We hold London Record Society publications (complete) and Surrey and Kent (incomplete)

13. Other material

Other parish records
School records, mainly log books
Personal and estate papers
Soldiers died in the Great War (CD-Rom)
British Isles Vital Records Index

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

London Borough of Bromley
Local Studies Library
Archives Section
Central Library
High Street
Tel: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8313 9975
[email protected]

Other information

Appointments recommended for archives, microfilm, and CD-Rom. Not needed for microfiche