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Westminster parish records now online

Over a million baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 now available

Findmypast has uploaded the first tranche of Westminster parish records, as part of a project to publish for the very first time parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre.  The Westminster Collection at findmypast.co.uk comprises fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of the parish registers, some of which are over 400 years old.

The 1,365,731 records launched today cover the period 1538-1945 and come from over 50 Westminster churches including St Anne, Soho, St Clement Danes, St George Hanover Square, St James Westminster, St Margaret Westminster, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand and St Paul Covent Garden.

The project will increase access to 10 million baptism, marriage, burial and parish chest records dating back to 1538. It will be the first time that images of the original parish records from Westminster will appear online

The remaining records are set to go live over the coming months, along with cemetery registers, wills, rate books, settlement examinations, workhouse admission and discharge books, bastardy, orphan and apprentice records, charity documents, and militia and watch records..

As well as baptisms, marriages and burials, the Westminster Collection includes rate books, orphan and apprentice records, vestry minutes, cemetery registers, charity documents, workhouse admission and discharge books, settlement examinations, churchwardens’ accounts, bastardy and poor law records, wills, militia and watch records.

Guy Strachan, Digitisation Manager at findmypast.co.uk, said: “The City of Westminster Archives Centre is an absolute treasure trove for family and local historians.”

The City of Westminster Council and the Westminster Archives Centre awarded the digitisation project to Findmypast.

For more information on this release and what it means for family historians, check out the next issue of Your Family Tree magazine in shops 24 April 2012.

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