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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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Unpublished indexes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.towerhamlets.gov.uk/data/community/data/libraries/data/history-archive.cfm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
Bancroft Library
277 Bancroft Road
E1 4DQ
Tel: 020 7364 1290
Fax: 020 7364 1292
[email protected]
Contacts: C.J. Lloyd (Local History Librarian); M. Barr-Hamilton (Archivist)

Opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 0900-2000
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 0900-2000
Friday: 0900-1800
Saturday: 0900-1700
Sunday: closed

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Limited researches only

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? No. For extensive researching, referrals are made to:
The Association of Genealogists and Record Agents, 29 Badgers Close, Horsham, W. Sussex, RH12 5RU
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Not in stock

5. Census returns

On microfilm, 1841-1891 census returns covering Tower Hamlets
Manuscript copies of 1821, 1831 censuses for All Saints, Poplar

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories


6(b) City and Town Directories

Trade directories for London from 1677 to 1987

6(c) Telephone Directories

1982 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Tower Hamlets Parliamentary Borough 1901-1915
Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough 1901-1964
Poplar Metropolitan Borough 1918-1964
Stepney Metropolitan Borough 1918-1964
Tower Hamlets, London Borough 1965 to date

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition, on microfiche, covering London and Middlesex

9. Unpublished Indexes

~see attached handlist no. 1$

10. Parish Registers

~see attached handlist no. 2$

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Cockney Ancestor; the journal of the East of London Family History Society 1978 to date
Family Tree Magazine (national coverage) 1984 to date
Mitteilungsblatt; the journal of the Anglo-German Family History Society 1987 to date (national coverage)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material


14. Guides to Collections

Family History (leaflet) free from above address

15. Local Record Offices

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
Tel: 0171 332 3820
Fax: 0171 833 9136

Other information