Tracing Your London Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: J. Oates
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9781848841307
Other: b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

London is a crucial site for family historians. Many researcher, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads to London or through it. Yet, despite the burgeoning interest in genealogy and the importance of London in so many life stories, few previous books have explored the city's history or provided guidance on the research resources family historians can use to discover the life of a London ancestor. This is the purpose of Jonathan Oates's invaluable handbook.

In a series of short, information-packed chapters he describes the principal record offices, archives, libraries and other places researchers can go to, and shows how Londoners can be tracked through censuses, registers and directories over the last 500 years. Then he explores key aspects of London's history from a family historian's point of view. Crime, religion and education - and the body of evidence associated with them - are covered, as is the historical trail left by taxation, health, welfare, work and business. He looks also at the military and wartime records available in the city, and the records of immigrant communities who have had such a notable impact on the development of the capital.

Each section introduces the reader to the relevant sources, indicates where they can be found, and offers essential advice of how this information can be used to piece together the lives of distant and not-so-distant relatives.

1. London
- Roman and Medieval London
- Early Modern London
- Victorian London
- Modern London
2. Lists of Londoners
- The Census
- Directories
- Telephone Directories
- Poll Books and Electoral Registers
- The Middlesex Registry of Deeds
- Other Lists
3. Criminal London
- The Courts and Crime
- Police Records
- Newspapers
- Punishment
- Non-Criminals
4. Ecclesiastical London
- The Church of England
- Nonconformists and Catholics
- Non-Christan Religions
5. Taxing Londoners
- Rates
- Hearth Tax
- Tithes
- The Ship Tax
- The Free and Voluntary Gift
- Window Tax
- Game Duty
- Poll Tax
- The Land Tax
- Income Tax
- Miscellaneous Taxes and Duties
- Death Duties
6. Education London
- Brief History of Education
- School Records
- University Records
- Private Schools
- The Inns of Chancery and of Court
- The Apprenticeship System
7. Social and Cultural London
- Leisure Pursuits
- Ill-Health
- The Poor
- Orphanages and Children's Homes
- Charities
8. Business and Working London
- The Professionals
- Shopkeepers
- Business Records
- Licensed to Kill?
- The City Livery Companies
- Public-Sector Employment
- Politicians
- Civil Servants
- The Police
- London Transport
9. Medieval London
- Manor Court Rolls
- Tax Records
- City Records
- Records Searchable Online
- Deeds
- Surveys
- Church Archives
- City Companies
- Contemporary Accounts of London
- Miscellaneous
10. London Under Attack
- Pre-Twentieth Century
- First World War
- Second World War
11. London's Incomers
- Early Immigrants
- Naturalization
- Passenger Lists
- Internment
- Newspapers and Publications
- Oral History
- Military Records
- Jewish Sources
- Asian and Black Immigrants
- Polish Immigrants
- Irish
- General Sources
- Sources Overseas
12. House History
- Local Government Records
- Deeds
- Printed Records (Other than Newspapers)
- Newspapers
- Directories, Electoral Registers, Rate Books and Census Returns
- Street and House Naming
- Maps
- Valuation Office Records
- Pictures and Photographs
- Disasters
- Books
- Summary

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