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London Borough of Lewisham

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Unpublished indexes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:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND, KEN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre
Lewisham Library (2nd Floor)
199-201 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LG
Tel: 020 8297 0682
Fax: 020 8297 1169
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-1700
Tuesday: 0900-2000
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 0900-2000
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 0900-1700

Readers are advised to make an appointment, particularly to use microfilm or archives. It may not be possible for archives and other material on closed access to be produced from 12 to 2 pm or after 5 pm.

Stocktaking closure: normally the first two weeks in December.

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

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 None

5. Census returns

Lewisham 1841-1901
Great Britain 1881 (CD-Rom)
London: 1841-1901

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Holden's London Directory 1811
Pigots Directory (London etc.): 1834
Pigot's Directory, Kent: 1839
Bagshaw's Directory, Kent 1839
Bagshaw's Directory, Kent 1847
London Suburban Court Guide: 1861
London Suburban Court Guide, 1861
London southern suburbs: 1884, 1894, 1912
London and County suburbs: 1914-1916
Kelly's Post Office London Directory: 1926-1987 (gaps)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Photocopies of Forest Hill and Sydenham entries, various directories: 1852-1898 (gaps)
Blackheath, Lee, Lewisham and Greenwich: 1886-1898 (gaps)
Blackheath, Lee, Greenwich and Eltham 1899-1937
Sydenham, Norwood and Streatham 1908

6(c) Telephone Directories

London residential 1975-1990 (selection)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Metropolitan Borough of Deptford: 1924, 1930-1964
Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham: 1955-1964
London Borough of Lewisham: 1965 to date
The following electoral registers are held at Lewisham Town Hall (contact Janet Mould, Records Section: 0181-314-3963):
Parish and Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham: 1891-1965
Metropolitan Borough of Deptford: 1920-1964 (gaps)

7(b) Poll Books

Kent: 1734, 1754, 1790, 1802, 1804
West Kent: 1835, 1837, 1847, 1852, 1857, 1859, 1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1988 edition. Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Index to deposited archives
Index of inhabitants of Blackheath 1691-1920
A number of other indexes, including inhabitants of Deptford in 1745, and indexes to various Lewisham records, particularly for the 18th and early 19th centuries (KW series).
For details please ask at the Local Studies Centre.

10. Parish Registers

Original registers (some also microfilmed) for Lee and Lewisham. Some microfilm for Deptford. Some indexes

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Journal, North West Kent Family History Society

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Parish registers (incomplete): Deptford, Lee, Lewisham

13. Other material

Archives, including civil parish records, nonconformist records, and deposited records of local organisations.
Monumental inscriptions

14. Guides to Collections

Guide to London Local History Resources (Lewisham) �1.25 +p&p
Sources for Family History �1.00 +p&p

15. Local Record Offices

Lewisham Local Studies and Archives
Lewisham Library
199-201 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LG
Tel: 0208 297 0682
Fax: 0208 297 1169
[email protected]

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
Tel: 0207 332 3820

Centre for Kentish Studies

Other information

Our family history society is the North West Kent