Posted by on 12 January 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

To kick-start the year in style and provide our beloved members with some brand new records, we have launched the London, England, Land Tax Valuations from 1910. Having just a few ancestors who briefly spent time in London, the collection didn’t hold instant appeal for me but as I was going through the records last week before they officially launched on our site, I came to recognise and appreciate the beauty of these documents. In spite of not being directly relevant to my ancestors, the collection depicts life at the start of the 20th century, helping create a fuller and richer mental image of our capital during my great grandparents’ lifetime. 

The records include properties and famous landmarks that I often pass by when travelling through London, enabling me to look at them through fresh eyes. I now know that little bit more about these places, including how much they were worth at the time, their origins, and who used to live there.  

For these reasons I urge you to take a look through our records, whether it’s to search for a London-based ancestor in 1910 or to enrich your knowledge of our great capital, where each street, building and brick has a story to tell.

Finally, please remember to share your findings with us here on the blog.

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12 January 2011 at 6:51 pm
Kate Rimmer 

It should be pointed out that this database only includes the City of London (i.e. the business district) and Paddington, so the vast majority of people who lived in London are not included.

I found entries for my 2xg-grandfather but that is just because his company had offices in the City.

The adverts for this database on ancestry’s front page are extremely misleading as they imply that it covers the whole of London.

The current data comes from The National Archives’ collection reference IR91. I hope ancestry are planning to extend the database to include the rest of London, which is in collection reference IR58 at The National Archives. I’m sure it would be much more popular with the World Archives Project keyers than this project was as we would be keying details of ordinary residents rather than companies.

19 January 2011 at 6:47 pm