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Are you interested in discovering your family history? If so, we may hold the records to unlock the secrets of your past.

Ancestors from the London area

We are an essential destination for anyone researching ancestors from the London area. We hold over 105km of archives so there is a good chance that your ancestor may appear in our records in one form or another.

Our holdings include some of the most important family history sources for London, including:

  • parish registers
  • electoral registers
  • land tax records
  • parish poor relief and boards of guardians registers, which include workhouse records

Full details of our holdings and how to research your family history with us can be found in our research guide Family History at LMA.

Our full suite of research guides are a great starting point for researching any aspect of the archive collections.

Birth, marriage and death certificates can be ordered online from the General Register Office. Please note: LMA does not hold any indexes or certificates.

Family History online

The archive collections are listed on the LMA Collections catalogue. The catalogue provides descriptions of the vast majority of our collections and all of the main sources for family history are included. Keep in mind that these are only descriptions of the records.

Digitised records on Ancestry

Over 20 million parish records held at LMA, fully searchable by individuals name, are now available on the LMA Ancestry website.

You can access the records from anywhere in world by taking out an Ancestry subscription package or you can use them for free when you visit us.

20 February 2015
Last Modified:
05 November 2019