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London Borough of Islington

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Unpublished indexes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.islington.gov.uk/libraries
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Islington Local History Centre
Finsbury Library
245 St. John Street

Tel: (020) 7527 7988
[email protected]
Website: http://www.islington.gov.uk

Opening hours:

Mon & Thurs 10.00am - 8.00pm
Tues 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wed Closed
Fri 10.00am - 1.00pm
Closed daily 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Due to staff shortages an appointment is necessary.

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Postal search fee �12.00

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 Held at Family Records Centre (see section 15)
No indexes to these records held by the library service

5. Census returns

Central Reference Library: Islington for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Finsbury Library: Finsbury and Clerkenwell for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Central Reference Library: Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex (1874 only)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Post Office London Directories - incomplete files
Islington Street Directories 1852-1905 (incomplete)
Holloway 1898-1915 (incomplete)

6(c) Telephone Directories


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Central Reference Library: Islington 1860, 1885+ (some gaps)
Finsbury: Finsbury Parliamentary Borough and Metropolitan Borough 1842, 1873-1885, 1901+ (some gaps)

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Central Reference Library: 1981, 1992

9. Unpublished Indexes

Card indexes, some obituaries indexed

10. Parish Registers

St Mary Islington (microfilm)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Central Reference Library: many short files including parish magazines
Finsbury: many short files including parish magazines. Includes Backhill (St. Peter's, Clerkenwell) and Il Punto

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Harleian Society transcripts of St. James, Clerkenwell early registers

13. Other material

14. Guides to Collections

15. Local Record Offices

London Metropolitan Archives
Family Records Centre

Other information