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Middlesex

"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.]

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.

ancestor-search.info 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.

Bibliography

  • Victoria County History of Middlesex - this has a substantial amount of information on-line including the text of forthcoming volumes as they are drafted.
  • Pevsner's "The Buildings of England" published by Penguin Books in the 1950s to 1970s, is a comprehensive survey of current notable buildings which also includes history of buildings since demolished. It is being brought up to date, and is now published by Yale University Press. London is being covered by six hardback volumes.

Cemeteries

We have information about Middlesex cemeteries in our GENUKI London pages

Census

Church Directories

Church History

  • The COLLAGE database (Corporation of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery image database) has very many images related to the churches of Middlesex. Simply search on the church name or the place-name plus 'church' to find relevant images.
  • London churches and olde celebrities by John Blythe Smart (Blythe Smart Publications, Kingsbridge, Devon, 2012) lists and describes, with many architectural illustrations, almost all the churches and chapels in inner London (the former London County Council area). Volume 1 covers the City and Volume II the 'environs'.

Civil Registration

Correctional Institutions

  • The Rossbret UK Institutions website has some information on Prisons in Middlesex (now only available on the Internet Archive).

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 and Travel

  • Description from The National Gazetteer (1868)
  • Description from Barclay's Complete and Universal English Dictionary, 1842.)"A county of England, bounded by Hertfordshire, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Buckinghamshire. It is one of the least counties in England, being only about 22 miles in length, and 14 in breadth. It contains 7 market towns, and about 98 parishes, without including those in London and Westminster. The air is healthy; but the soil in general being a lean gravel, it is naturally a district of little fertility, though by means of the vicinity to the metropolis, many parts of it are converted into rich beds of manure, clothed with almost perpetual verdure. Besides the Thames, the Lea, and the Coln, Middlesex is watered by several small streams, one of which, called the New River, is artificially brought from Amwell, in Hertfordshire, for the purpose of supplying London with water. Indeed, the whole county may be considered as a demesne to the metropolis, the land being laid out in gardens, pastures, and enclosures of all sorts, for its convenience and support. London is its chief place, and county town. Population, 1,576,636."
  • The Vision of Britain site has extracts from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887, and other descriptions.

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.

Directories

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

Gazetteers

  • The Vision of Britain website has an extensive historical gazetteer for the whole of Great Britain.
  • The Hunt House website has lists of over 8000 London streets with names changed between 1857 and 1945, arranged by both old and new names.

Genealogy

  • Look-up Exchanges
  • Mailing Lists
    • Middlesex County UK
    • LONDON: A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the city of London and county of Middlesex, England.
  • One-Place Studies

    "One-place studies are a branch of family history and/or local history with a focus on the entire population of a single road, village or community, not just a single, geographically dispersed family line" (Wikipedia). There are listings covering Middlesex on the Society for One-Place Studies website and the Register of One-Place Studies.

  • Surname Lists
    • Brian Fisk's Middlesex Surname Interests
    • The London Surnames List maintained by Hugh Winters contains a list of surnames being researched in London and Middlesex.
    • East of London FHS's Surname Interests Message Board for the EoLFHS area in Middlesex & Essex. The Board is open to everyone - Members and Non Members are welcome.
    • Curious Fox describes itself as the "village by village contact site for anybody researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland." They have a Middlesex listing.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Brian Fisk provides frequently asked questions for genealogy in Middlesex, with answers mainly as web page links.
  • GenealogyWise is a social networking site for Genealogists, and has a Middlesex Genealogy group.
  • Middlesex Protestation Oath Rolls 1641-2. CD published by Mike Gallafent, email <mgallafent@yahoo.co.uk>.
  • 'Strangers, Foreigners & Aliens' CD also published by Mike Gallafent, email <mgallafent@yahoo.co.uk> is in two parts; the first is of aliens (including Scots!) & their family details, living in London in 1567.
  • RootsChat bulletin board has a section for London and Middlesex.

History

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 (http://www.durtnall.org.uk/DEEDSIndex.html) 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

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

Orphans and Orphanages

  • The Rossbret UK Institutions website has some information on Orphanages in Middlesex (now only available on the Internet Archive).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Societies

Taxation

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.

Voting Registers

FamilySearch have the "England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913. These cover the current Greater London area with varying periods within that timespan.

 

We are grateful to the people who have contributed to the information on these pages in various ways. Some of them are listed in the acknowledgements.