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"In 1889 the Administrative County of London was formed from the City of London, and parts of Middlesex, Kent and Surrey and was divided into boroughs. In 1963 this County was replaced by Greater London which also took in the rest of Middlesex and parts of Essex and Herts as well as some county boroughs. New London boroughs were then formed." [T.V.H. FitzHugh, The Dictionary of Genealogy, 1994.]

There is thus a considerable overlap in the coverage of London and in particular Middlesex on this server. And even this complicated description doesn't give the full story, as parts of Middlesex went to Surrey and Hertfordshire. However, following the practice adopted in the LDS Family History Library, information related to London parishes other than those belonging to the City of London will be provided here, or with Kent, Surrey, etc., as appropriate, rather than in the London pages.

Details of the Metropolitan Boroughs of the County of London (1889-1965) and the present-day London Boroughs are on the London Parishes & Boroughs page, with details of which were formed from areas originally in Middlesex. London Metropolitan Archives provide a map which shows the changing definition of London and Middlesex.


Archives and Libraries

London Boroughs - Archives and Local Studies Libraries: we have links to web sites of each London borough, and to their archives or local studies libraries. provide a guide to record offices with information on (access requirements, photocopying charges, reproduction services, use of own camera, microform printing and nearby hotels. They also have a handy map of archives in central London.



We have information about Middlesex cemeteries in our GENUKI London pages


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Church Directories

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

Correctional Institutions

Court Records

The Middlesex Quarter Sessions records have been described in a series of volumes covering 1550-1709, and in more detail 1612-1618, which are available from British History onlne.

Description & Travel

London has many disused and lost stations, some of which are described on Subterranea Britannica's Disused Stations web page, and their Disused London Underground stations page.


We have information about Middlesex directories in our GENUKI London pages.




Land and Property

Middlesex Deeds Registry By an Act of Parliament of 1708 a registry was established for the registration of all deeds,conveyances, wills, encumbrances, etc, affecting freehold land and land held by a lease forover 21 years within the ancient county of Middlesex. The City of London was not included. The records are at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Mike Durtnall's Historical Manuscripts Pages ( included information about many descriptions of historical documents taken mainly from online auction catalogues, including nearly 2000 referring to London or Middlesex. [As of February 2008 this site has only been intermittently available. You may find an old version on the Wayback Machine.]

Family Deeds provide abstracts of old deeds and documents sold on the open market. They have pages for deeds referring to places in London and Middlesex.


Maps of Middlesex on a separate page

For maps showing only the City of London and not other parts of Middlesex, see the London page.

Medical Records

The former County Asylums website had information about the local authority funded mental hospitals in London (both the City of London and the 1889-1963 London County Council) and in Middlesex.

Simon Forman, the notorious London astrologer, recorded 10,000 consultations between 1596 and 1603. Most of these are medical. Forman's casebooks can now be searched by name (of any party involved), date, sex, age, topic of consultation and many other criteria. The edition includes images of all the manuscript pages of Forman's first volume, and more will follow. They are available from the Casebooks Project at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Cambridge

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


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Orphans and Orphanages



The Hearth Tax returns for London 1662 and 1666, Westminster 1664 and Middlesex 1666 have been transcribed by the London Hearth Tax Project and are available via British History Online.

Land Tax was levied 1692-1932. Ancestry have indexed the records held at LMA, covering the City of London, Middlesex (including most Westminster parishes), and some parishes in Kent and Surrey. Full information is given in a leaflet from LMA.

Visitations, Heraldic

Visitations by the Heralds were designed to record the pedigree of armorial families and to confirm their right to bear arms. There is a good guide to them on Chris Phillips' Medieval English Genealogy site. The vistations of 1572, 1634 and 1663 together withother pedigrees are published in the Harleian Society volume 65: Armytage GJ (ed) (1913) Middlesex pedigrees as collected by Richard Mundy in Harleian Manuscript No. 1551. Available on CD from Archive CD Books.

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