Ten million baptism, marriage, burial and parish chest records for the City of Westminster, dating back to 1538, are to be made available online.
Find My Past UK has been awarded a digitisation contract by the City of Westminster Council and the Westminster Archives Centre. This will lead to the publication online for the very first time of ten million historic records from the Archives. The records are expected to be launched later this year and will become fully searchable.
Spanning the years 1538 to 1945, the records cover such London landmark churches as:
- St Anne’s, Soho;
- St Clement Danes;
- St George’s Hanover Square;
- St James’s Westminster;
- St Margaret’s Westminster;
- St Martin-in-the-Fields;
- St Mary-le-Strand;
- St Paul’s, Covent Garden.
As well as baptisms, marriages and burials, the Westminster Collection includes rate books, orphan and apprentice records, vestry minutes, cemetery registers, charity documents, workhouse admission and discharge books, settlement examinations, churchwardens’ accounts, bastardy and poor law records, wills, militia and watch records.
I’ll be glad when these records arrive online, as most of my London ancestors seem to have lived in Westminster.