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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The London Collection at Findmypast.co.uk

"Findmypast.co.uk is pleased to offer a collection of records to help people track down their London-based ancestors and unearth the milestone events of famous Londoners from the past. The London Collection includes records of baptisms, marriages and burials which date back to 1538. These include significant dates in the lives of famous Londoners including Charles Dickens' marriage in Chelsea in 1836, captured in the West Middlesex Marriage Index, and William Blake's somewhat mysterious burial in 1827 at Bunhill Fields, detailed in the City of London Burial Index. The collection also includes the records of baptisms in London's Docklands, some of which provide a fascinating insight into popular baby names of the 1700s, including exotic-sounding names such as 'Hephzibah', 'Delight' and 'Philadelphia'." The findmypast.co.uk 'London Collection' includes:

* City of London Burial Index - records from all the churches in the City of London from 1813 to 1890
* West Middlesex Marriage Index - detailing 84,863 marriages in 61 parishes from 1538 to 1837
* London Docklands Baptisms - comprising 407,558 baptisms for London's docklands areas 1712 to 1933
* London and West Kent Probate Indexes - mainly detailing wills and administrations from 1750 to 1858
* The Matchworkers' Strike - listing participants of the strike of over 700 men, women and teenage boys and girls working at the Bryant and May factory in East London in 1888, the same year as the Jack the Ripper murders

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