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London Borough of Southwark

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND, SRY

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Southwark Local History Library
211 Borough High Street
Tel: 020 8403 3507
Fax: 020 8403 8633
Email: local.history.library@southwark.gov.uk
Contacts: Ruth Jenkins (Local Studies Librarian) ; Stephen Humphrey (Archivist)

Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-2000
Tuesday: 1000-1700
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 1000-2000
Friday: 1000-1700
Saturday: 1000-1300

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes, for specified entries from census returns, electoral registers, directories and parish registers

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office?
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Nil

5. Census returns

London Borough of Southwark area 1841-1901

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

London 1790-1841 (intermittent)
London 1841-1990 (annually; some on microfilm)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Dulwich: 1884, 1891, 1899-1901, 1903-6, 1911-16, 1918-20, 1922-26, 1928

6(c) Telephone Directories

London: 1972-

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Southwark: 1839-40, 1862-63, 1865-66, 1887-88, 1889-90, 1894-95, 1896-7, 1898, 1899-1900, 1900-1901, 1901-2, 1914-15
Lambeth (for St Mary Newington): 1833-1884
Newington: 1885-1914
Metropolitan Boroughs
Southwark: 1918-1939; 1945-1964
Bermondsey: 1918-1939, 1945-1964
Camberwell: 1913-15, 1918-23, 1926-39, 1945-52, 1955-56, 1958, 1960-64
London Borough of Southwark: 1965 to date-

7(b) Poll Books

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1988. Microfiche. Surrey, London, Middlesex, Kent, Sussex, Hants

9. Unpublished Indexes

Census: 1841: Christ Church
1851: All London Borough of Southwark area
1861: St Saviour, St Thomas, Christ Church
1881: All London Borough of Southwark area (Church of Latter Day Saints)

10. Parish Registers

Microfilm copies of the 10 ancient parishes from earliest date of register to terminate between 1941 and 1837, generally to c.1850

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Many church and in-house business magazines generally 1920s to date
Full runs of journals of Family History Societies local to the area

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material


14. Guides to Collections

Family History in Southwark and Guide to Tracing your Southwark Ancestors, by Leonard Reilly. London Borough of Southwark 1996. �95. 0 905849 20 5
Guide to the Archives in Southwark Local Studies Library by Stephen Humphrey. London Borough of Southwark 1992. �50

15. Local Record Offices

Southwark Local History Library
211 Borough High Street
Tel: 0207 403 3782
Fax: 0207 403 8633

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
Tel: 0171 332 3820

Other information

More information on the Library, its holdings and its search services is available from the London Borough of Southwark's Web site.