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London - a difficult place to research

My other link pages for London

Cemeteries  -  Pubs and Publicans and Licensed Victuallers  -  Parishes

So many people migrated into London and it is difficult to know from where unless you can find census records which show birth place etc but this is really only possible from 1851 onwards as 1841 only has if born in county. A worse aspect of that is they might be born in London but not in current county. Live North of Thames in 1841 county of Middlesex but born south of Thames would be Surrey a different county,

New in 2013 Bomb Sight - Mapping the World War 2 London Blitz Bomb Census
Check if your folks were near bombs. I was - too near sometimes 

New in 2010 London Lives 1690 to 1800 ~ Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis.
1800 doesn't seem to be the cutoff I found Lankshear records to 1820. This may be the hidden resource you wanted 

The LONDON Mailing List  has really helpful people

you can subscribe here http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/ENG/LONDON.html  
The list Web Pages were at http://www.londonlist.org.uk/.
The London area covers parts of Middlesex, Essex, Kent and Surrey. These boundaries changed over the years. Because they said born London - they may not mean the small area known as the City of London. 

John Brown started a special help for London in 2005 http://londongenhelp.blogspot.com/ - we duplicate many links but his are all on one page

LMA and Guildhall - the resources in London for Parish Registers etc

Note both are on City of London web and they keep changing URLs so forgive me if these "fail" 

London Metropolitan Archives - http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/

Where is LMA - 40 Northampton Road, London EC1

LMA Digitisation Programme - now placed on a Commercial site namely Ancestry - more to go on and more indexing to be done especially baptisms and burials before 1812. But an enormous resource for London. Please note not all churches in London but a great many.

Guildhall and Family History  http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/corporation/family-research/index.htm
How to get to Guildball -( PDF download) Aldermanbury (yes- name of Street) EC2

Discussion on Guild hall  - see http://www.steeljam.dircon.co.uk/
General Guide to Guildhall http://www.history.ac.uk/gh/ghguide.htm
City of Westminster archives - http://www.westminster.gov.uk/libraries/gateway/familyhist.cfm

Tower Hamlets' Local History http://www.mernick.co.uk/thhol/main.html

London Districts http://www.british-history.ac.uk/image.aspx?compid=38869&filename=fig01.gif

London Merchants of 1677- http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~frpayments/LM1677/

http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/ Great stuff on Suburbs

http://www.trolleybus.net - my "own" route 607 is shown

 

Other London resource centres

Society of Genealogists - they do search for you see their charges - they have a lot of resources - http://www.sog.org.uk/

Hyde Park LDS Regional Family History Centre - http://www.hydeparkfhc.org

Kew - The National Archives - used to be the Public Record Office 

FHS - Family History Societies

Local resource centres such as http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk 

London General Links

Bethnal Greens Free Art & History.

Exploring the East End of London & History.

FHS - Family History Societies & Other Local History Centres
Genuki http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/
http://www.victorianlondon.org/

Inner Temple Admissions Data biographical information about past members of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four London-based Inns of Court.

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~bpefisk/fh/LUE/london.htm
Greenwood's Map of London 1827
London Ancestor, Ancestors - Genealogy, Local, Family History
London and Middlesex Surnames List http://www.rootsweb.com/~engmdx/
Registration Districts in London

Tower Bridge Community
Whitechapel, Bethnal Green & Shoreditch
http://www.londonancestor.com/

http://www.eastlondon.org.uk/heritage.html' gives other heritage sites