Many researchers, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads to London or through it.
In a series of chapters the book describes the principal record offices, archives, libraries and other sources researchers can go to, and shows how Londoners can be tracked through censuses, registers and directories over the last 500 years. It explores key aspects of London’s history from a family historian’s point of view. Crime, religion and education - and the body of evidence associated with them - are covered, as is the historical trail left by taxation, health, welfare, work and business. It looks also at the military and wartime records available in the city, and at the records of immigrant communities who have had such a notable impact on the development of the capital.
Each section introduces the reader to the relevant sources, indicates where they can be found, and offers essential advice on how this information can be used to piece together the lives of distant and not-so-distant relatives.