With our extended London Parish Records
In the tumultuous wake of the Reformation, Christianity in England became increasingly divided. Non-Conformists established themselves in opposition to the Church of England with the broad aim of returning to the simplest values of faith. For their choice, some 5,000 died in prison.
Working with our partner, London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), we have enhanced our extensive Parish collections with the release of London’s Non-Comformist church records. This is a rich, valuable and now searchable archive, recording the lives of regular Non-Conformist worshipers. You won’t find these records anywhere else online.
Non-Conformist church archives – Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Quakers, Methodists and Unitarians – are an extraordinary source of baptism, marriage and burial records. With the emergence of several Non-Conformist churches in the mid 18th Century they pre-date mandatory record-keeping and provide information on individuals and communities that simply wouldn’t otherwise exist.
We have always been the richest source of Parish records. Now you can search even broader and deeper – back to the 1600’s. So, for example, even if a birth isn’t recorded by law, the christening would be.
These unique documents are available online only to us. So if you’ve hit a wall in your search for London ancestors, you may well find that these exclusive records are the answer to your prayers.
Photo: Mertyn Road, Methodist Church courtesy of City of London : London Metropolitan Archives
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You can search 11 million London Parish Records – containing Church of England records – for Baptisms and Burials from 1812 onwards, and marriages after 1754, by forename, surname, locality and type of event.
for the first time online to Conformist and Non-Conformist Parish records
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For everyone who’s interested in London through the ages, you’ll find the answers among London Metropolitan Archives’ 78 kilometres of records.
You can research the records of religious, public, business, local authority and other organisations dating from 1067 to the present day – and gain a fascinating insight into every aspect of London life.
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London Metropolitan Archives is provided by the City of London Corporation as part of its contribution to the heritage and cultural life of London and the nation.
For more information, please contact the Ancestry.co.uk press office on 0208 846 3637.