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Lost in London


Tracing your ancestors back to the period before civil registration and the Victorian census returns can present a genuine challenge to most family historians.

But if your family came from London, the problems that you're likely to face can be even harder to overcome. The population of London doubled between 1801 and 1841 making it the most populated city in the world. Outlying villages were swallowed up as London spread ever outwards - the boundaries of what constituted London were constantly being redrawn. The administration of the area was enormously complicated - the City of London alone comprised over 100 parishes - and the records of the various authorities responsible for running London are now spread around a number of different record offices.

In this pre-recorded talk, Dave Annal explains how to access and make the most of the capital's diverse collection of records and gives some useful tips on tracking down those elusive London ancestors.


About the Speaker:   Dave Annal has worked as a professional researcher since 1984 and was formerly employed by The National Archives as the Principal Family History Specialist. He has written a number of family history books, and is a regular contributor to Family Tree magazine where he is currently running the Family Tree Academy.

Dave is also a well-known speaker at Family History Society meetings with talks on a wide variety of topics, and also runs his research business, Lifelines Research. He was nominated a fellow of the Society of Genealogists in 2019.

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