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London Borough of Havering

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Unpublished indexes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.havering.gov.uk
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND, ESS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Reference and Information Department
Central Library
St Edwards Way
Tel: 01708 432393/94
Fax: 01708 432391
Contact: Simon Donoghue or Jane Finnett
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-2000
Tuesday: 0900-2000
Wednesday: 0900-2000
Thursday: 0900-2000
Friday: 0900-2000
Saturday: 0900-1600

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? No

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Births, Deaths & Marriages. Registrar General (England & Wales) 1837-1950 inclusive. Microfiche

5. Census returns

1891 Complete registration districts for West Ham, Romford, Epping, Ongar, Orsett, Billericay, Chelmsford, Rochford, Dunmow
1901 Complete registration districts for West Ham, Romford, Epping, Ongar, Orsett, Billericay, Chelmsford, Rochford, Dunmow
1881 Index to counties of Essex and Middlesex
1881, 1871, 1861, 1851, 1841 Only the area currently included in the Borough i.e. part of the Romford Registration District.
Some surname indexes available
Street Indexes, paper
1891 and 1901 census for West Ham and Romford registration districts
1891, CD om, West Ham [part of] (piece no. RG12/1310 - 1325) index to surnames.
1881, CD Rom, England, Wales and Scotland
1851. CD Rom, West Ham [part of] (piece no. HO107/1768) index to surnames

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Incomplete run of assorted volumes (mostly Kelly's) for Essex covering the period 1832-1937

6(b) City and Town Directories

Romford, early C20th only

6(c) Telephone Directories

1936 Romford, Hornchurch & district
1956 Romford, Hornchurch & district to present date (now called Havering). Most years available
1970 to present date for Yellow Pages, London East area

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1947+ Hornchurch constituency
1956+ Romford constituency
1971+ Upminster constituency (created this year from Hornchurch and Romford)
Some years/volumes missing. Book format

7(b) Poll Books

Essex 1763, Essex 130

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition. United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Channel Isles). Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

10. Parish Registers

Parishes within the boundaries of the present borough
Transcript and indexed from date of earliest register to 1850, in book form.
Parish register copies on microfilm/microfiche from date of earliest register to mid 20th century (some later)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Cockney Ancestor
Essex Society for Family History
Family Tree
Essex Review vol 1 + to 1955 also indexes

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Boyds Marriage Index. Microfiche
Published indexes to wills at Chelmsford.
Published indexes to Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1750-1800
Selection of finding aids (e.g. Gibson Guides) and explanatory texts held in book format
Also CD Roms of the following:
Surname Index of Monumental Inscriptions and Burials 1576-2000 St. Andrews, Hornchurch.
Burial Index to Romford (Crow Lane) Cemetary 1871-1953
Soldiers who died in the Great War
National Burial Index for England and Wales (2nd Edition)

14. Guides to Collections

Information for Visitors
Leaflet of holdings

15. Local Record Offices

Essex Record Office
Wharf Road
Tel: 01245 244644

Essex Record Office
Southend Branch
Central Library
Victoria Avenue
Southend on Sea
Tel: 01702 612621 ext. 215

Other information

Family history material is supplemented by local history collection and general reference book stock. Some local illustrations also available and very limited selection of local maps.