Parish registers are a vital resource for family history.
In 1538, following the formation of the Church of England, Henry VIII’s minister Thomas Cromwell issued an injunction requiring rectors to record the baptisms, marriages and burials in their parishes.
Until the introduction of civil registration in 1837, parish registers are the only source for showing when and where our ancestors were born, married and died, as well as the names of their parents and spouses.
Fortunately, many of these records are now available online. Every year, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine takes a look at the online coverage of parish registers across the United Kingdom.
For centuries, many of our ancestors have been drawn to jobs and opportunities in London. If you’re British or of British descent, it’s highly likely that you have London ancestors in your family tree.
Luckily, these commercial and free family history websites have collections of London parish registers that can help you in your research.
This free LDS family history website has an index to the Westminster parish records on Findmypast. 4. TheGenealogist
TheGenealogist has records for 38 parishes in London, in addition to Strand in Middlesex. 5. FreeREG
FreeREG is a free volunteer-run parish register transcription website. It has records of 137,086 baptisms, 198,586 burials and 93,340 marriages for the City of London, plus 138,216 baptisms, 181,083 burials and 230,960 marriages for Middlesex.