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London Metropolitan Archives is working in partnership with Ancestry™ to digitise genealogical sources. Over 20 million parish records are already available along with poor law sources including workhouse records, and electoral registers.

Registers from London's Non-Conformist congregations and chapels have been added, making these unique marriage and baptism records available online for the first time.

It is anticipated that the full digitisation and indexing programme will include:

  • Fully indexed parish baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Parish poor law records
  • Further Boards of Guardians records
  • Diocesan marriage bonds and allegations
  • School admission and discharge registers
  • Electoral registers, overseers returns and poll books
  • Land tax records
  • Wills
  • City of London Freedoms
  • Middlesex Sessions – Transportation Contracts

We will continue to provide free access to view the indexes and images through on the computer terminals in our public rooms.

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Digitising image collections

We have recently digitised the London County Council Photograph Library. This collection of approximately 250,000 images dates from the 1860's to the 1980's and provides an incredible record of London life. Once prepared, the images will be added to Collage: The London Picture Archive image website in small batches. The project has been developed in partnership with The Creative Society, a charity created to boost the UK economy by developing jobs for young people in the creative industries. 

Digital projects

If you would like to propose a project which includes the digitisation of archives or re-use digital archives managed by LMA, please read the notes on our proposing a digital project.​

23 May 2012
Last Modified:
14 June 2019