British subscription site Ancestry.co.uk
—sister site to US-based Ancestry.com
—has launched a records collection spanning 400 years of London history.
Titled London Historical Records, 1500s-1900s, the collection will include more than 77 million records from parishes and workhouses, plus electoral rolls, wills, land tax records and school reports. It'll predate civil registration—England's equivalent to US vital records—by 300 years.
Right now, just the workhouse records are online. The Board of Guardians oversaw these institutions where impoverished men, women and children worked long hours for meager food and shelter. Records name those born or baptized in workhouses from 1834 to 1934, and those who died in a workhouse from 1834 to 1906.
The other records will be added regularly over the next year. Learn more at Ancestry.co.uk
London was the center of Britain’s global empire for centuries. Ancestry.co.uk estimates 165 million people around the world, including more than half of British citizens, have an ancestor in the new collection.
Ancestry.co.uk costs 83.40 pounds (about $120) per year. You also can pay as you go by purchasing a voucher good for a limited time. (See subscription and pay-per-view options here