Posted by on 29 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

When it comes to family history, London is definitely a special case. To have a realistic chance of finding ancestors in most other parts of the UK, you need to have some sort of local connection. With the capital, though, it’s worth anybody searching the records – because so many people owned businesses or second houses in the City, or moved there in search of a better life.

Our latest London release will help you discover the most prominent people in all kinds of occupations and trades – across more than 200 years. It also gives you a remarkable insight into an ongoing capital tradition.

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London Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925, reveals almost 600,000 men and women who were given one of the City’s most prestigious titles. These Freemen were allowed to vote in civic elections, drive livestock over London Bridge, and even carry a naked sword in public!

More importantly, becoming a Freeman gave you an elevated standing within all kinds of occupations. From constables and aldermen to merchants and stonemasons, people from all walks of life benefitted from this exclusive status.

Find relatives among our Freemen, and you’ll discover intimate details about their lives. You may also find information about the people that taught them their trades – effectively giving them the chance to earn a decent living.

And remember, even if your family didn’t live in London, there’s a good chance they may have moved there to take advantage of the opportunities only the capital could offer.

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Alan B 

The link goes to, the correct link is:

29 November 2011 at 5:30 pm
John U.K. 

There are a large number of A[pprenticeship indentures in this set – perhaps Freemen and Apprentices would be a better title?

Also, there is no facility to correct errors in the dates – one of mine has his father’s admission date rather than his own!

29 November 2011 at 8:21 pm

There are a lot of errors. The standard transription errors are higher then ever in this set. However worse than that there are a lot of miss filed documents. For example a lot of 1783 is in the set of 1790. I’m looking for a record that I know existed becuase it is on the sons record which I have. But because it is in 1783 I can’t find it.

2 December 2011 at 10:21 am