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Corporation of the City of London

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Unpublished indexes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.cityoflondon.gov.uk/leisure_heritage/libraries_archives_museums_galleries/city_london_libraries/search.asp
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND, MDX

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Guildhall Library
London EC2P 2EJ
Fax: 020 7600 3384
Tel: Printed Books (PB) 020 7332 1868/1870
Manuscripts (MSS) 020 7332 1863/1862
Prints and Maps (PM) 020 7332 1839
Email: (MSS only)
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday: 9.30-5.00
Saturday: closed in afternoon
(Closed on Saturdays prior to Bank Holidays)

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? Yes:
London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

1801-1831: Isolated returns for individual City of London parishes (MSS)
1841: City of London (PB)
1851: City of London (PB)
1861: City of London (PB)
1871: City of London (PB)
1881: City of London also transcript and index for England and Wales (PB)
1891: City of London (PB)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Substantial collection for English counties, C18-20 (PB)
Some for Wales, Scotland and Ireland, C19-20 (PB)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Largest known collection of London directories, 1677 and 1736-1991 (PB)
Substantial collection for many provincial towns, C18-20 (PB)

6(c) Telephone Directories

London 1880 to date (relatively complete from 1920) (PB)
Provinces 1885 to date (relatively complete from 1940s) (PB)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

City of London 1832 to date (except 1914-16, 1940-44 and 1954) (PB)
Westminster South 1971 to date (PB)
Westminster North 1984 to date (PB Advance notice required)
Middlesex 1868 and 1870-1884 (PB)
Isolated examples for other places (PB)

7(b) Poll Books

Substantial collection for London and English provinces, C18-19 (PB)

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992: Microfiche London and Middlesex (MSS)
1992: Microfiche British Isles and At Sea (PB)
1987/8: Microfiche British Isles and At Sea (PB)
1993/4: CD-ROM British Isles (PB)

9. Unpublished Indexes

No significant holdings

10. Parish Registers

Original registers for most City of London parishes plus St. Leonard Shoreditch, Holy Trinity Minories and St. Thomas in the Liberty of the rolls (MSS)
Substantial collection of printed and typescript copies of English parish registers, London and provinces (PB)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Gentleman's Magazine, 1731-1907 (PB)
Illustrated London News, 1842 to date (PB)
Journals of most English local historical, archaeological and family history societies (PB)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Most English national series (Historical Manuscripts Commission, Rolls series, etc) and many local series (PB)

13. Other material

Rate books or similar for City of London parishes and wards, C17-1907 (MSS)
Records of City of London livery companies (MSS)
Property records relating to the City of London and to holdings of City-based landowners elsewhere (MSS)
Records of the Diocese of London, including marriage license records and ordinations (MSS)
Wills and associated records of the Commissary Court of London, Archdeaconary Court of London, Dean and Chapter St Paul's and Royal Peculiar of St. Katherine by the Tower (MSS)
Many indexes and calendars of Wills, London and provinces (PB)

14. Guides to Collections

A guide to genealogical sources in Guildhall Library, compiled by Richard Harvey, 4th ed., Guildhall Library Publications, 1997, ISBN 0900422416. Obtainable from Guildhall Library Bookshop (�3-95 + p&p).

15. Local Record Offices

Corporation of London Records Office
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
Tel: 0171 332 1251
Fax: 0171 332 1119

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London EC1r 0HB
Tel: 0171 332 3820
Fax: 0171 833 9136
[email protected]

Other information

Research service is called search@guidhall library. For a quotation, send details of enquiry to:

search@guildhall library
Guildhall Library
London EC2P 2EJ

Tel: 0171 332 1854
Fax: 0171 600 3384
[email protected]
WWW: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/leisure_heritage/libraries_archives_museums_galleries/city_london_libraries/search.asp