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Lost in London


One-sixth of the population of England and Wales live in the London area, and a high proportion of the population has always lived in London. Most genealogists, therefore, will have, sooner or later, to tackle the tracing of London ancestry. This ten-week course covers how to use London archives and repositories to learn more about your Londoner ancestors as well as how the geography of London affected the lives of our ancestors.

What will the course cover?

  • London repositories
  • Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps
  • Parish registers, electoral registers, land tax records, and others held at London Metropolitan Archives
  • The development of the commercial docks along the Thames and the impact it had on London
  • How the Port of London Archive can be used for family history research
  • Livery Companies, Watermen and Lightermen records
  • London trade directories
  • London’s streets and railways

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Time and Cost

Every Tuesday evening 6 to 7:30pm (includes discussions) from 6 September to 8 November 2022 on Zoom.  Most classes will be recorded and available to students for two weeks. 

Cost for 10 weeks study: £160.00 or £200 for those who are not Society of Genealogists Members. To find out more about event discounts and other membership benefits, visit our membership page. Bookings accepted on this course until 19 September.

New to Zoom and would like to attend an online talk but not sure how? Do contact us if you would like to arrange a free taster session.

What you will learn

  • How to use socio-economic maps of London to learn about your ancestors
  • The records available at various London repositories
  • How to use sources beyond census, BMD and parish registers for your family history research
  • How the Port of London changed London and our ancestors’ lives
  • The effect of street renaming schemes
  • How the coming of the railways impacted Londoners

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