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This page allows you to search all the sets created by users of London Lives. You can fill out as many or as few boxes as you wish. To view all the sets simply leave all the search boxes blank and click the search button at the bottom of the page.

Set Search Name Search Help

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You may fill in a surname, forename, or both. This type of search is not case sensitive; and the search terms can be entered in lower or upper case.

Please note that this search locates the names given to sets when they were created (or edited) and does not include any variant spellings of the name in individual documents within the set. If you cannot find the name you are looking for, try variant spellings or use a wild card. You can change the spelling of a set surname and given name to more commonly accepted variants if you are the creator. Once you are logged in, click on edit when the set is displayed.

A limited Wild Card function can be applied by using an asterisk (*). The asterisk stands for zero or more letters and can only be used at the end of a word. Mcla* will return entries including McLaren and McLachlan etc.


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These pull-down menus allow you to search for Sets that contain links to specific Document Types. The default setting is Any, which generates a search for All sets, regardless of the sources used to create them. By choosing one or more document type, you limit your search to those Sets that incorporate references to specific document types.

Document Types

The following choices are available. Follow the two letter code link to the right for a detailed description of each Document Type or Additional Dataset. The parish records are listed first, followed by criminal records, Coroners' Inquests, and documents from the Carpenter's Company and St Thomas's Hospital. The Additional Datasets are listed last.

  • St Botolph Aldgate > Account Books (AC)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Apprenticeship Records (IA)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Lists of Paupers (LP)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Miscellaneous Account Books (AO)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Misc. Parish Minute Books (MO)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Pauper Examinations (EP)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Payments to Paupers (AP)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Registers of Pauper Apprentices (RA)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Registers of Poor Children (RC)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Vestry Minutes (MV)
  • St Botolph Aldgate > Workhouse Admissions Registers (RW)
  • St Clement Danes > Clothing and Nursing Books (BN)
  • St Clement Danes > Clothing Books (BC)
  • St Clement Danes > Enfield Books (BE)
  • St Clement Danes > Lists of Paupers (LP)
  • St Clement Danes > Lists of Persons in the Workhouse (LW)
  • St Clement Danes > Miscellaneous Account Books (AO)
  • St Clement Danes > Miscellaneous Papers (PM)
  • St Clement Danes > Misc. Parish Minute Books (MO)
  • St Clement Danes > Overseers Orders Book (OO)
  • St Clement Danes > Parish Apprenticeship Records (PA)
  • St Clement Danes > Pauper Examinations (EP)
  • St Clement Danes > Pauper Removal Orders (RV)
  • St Clement Danes > Payments to Paupers (AP)
  • St Clement Danes > Registers of Bastard Children (RR)
  • St Clement Danes > Registers of Exams (RD)
  • St Clement Danes > Registers of Poor Children (RC)
  • St Clement Danes > Registers of the Poor (RP)
  • St Clement Danes > Vestry Minutes (MV)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Account Books (AC)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Bastardy Bonds (WB)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Churchwardens' Voucher/Receipts (PP)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Clothing Books (BC)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Letters Seeking Pauper Relief (PR)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Miscellaneous Papers (PM)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Miscellaneous Parish Minute Books (MO)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Register of Poor Infants (RI)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Vestry Minutes (MV)
  • St Dionis Backchurch > Workhouse Inquest Minute Books (IW)
  • Bridewell Royal Hospital > Apprentice Records (IA)
  • Bridewell Royal Hospital > Prison Committee Minute Books (MB)
  • Bridewell Royal Hospital > Minutes of the Court of Governors (MG)
  • Bridewell Royal Hospital > Miscellaneous Papers (PM)
  • Bridewell Royal Hospital > Registers of Pauper Apprentices (RA)
  • Home Office > Criminal Registers (CR)
  • Old Bailey Proceedings > Accounts of Criminal Trials (OBP)
  • Old Bailey Sessions > Sessions Papers (PS)
  • Ordinary's Accounts > Biographies of Executed Convicts (OA)
  • City of London Sessions > Sessions Papers (PS)
  • Middlesex Sessions > Orders of the Court (GO)
  • Middlesex Sessions > Sessions Papers (PS)
  • Westminster Sessions > Sessions Papers (PS)
  • City of London Coroners > Coroners' Inquests (IC)
  • Middlesex Coroners > Coroners' Inquests (IC)
  • City of Westminster Coroners > Coroners' Inquests (IC)
  • Carpenters' Company > Court/Committee Minute Books (MC)
  • St Thomas's Hospital > Court/Committee Minute Books (MC)
  • St Thomas's Hospital > Hospital Admissions Registers (RH)
  • St Thomas's Hospital > Lists of Governor Takers-In (LT)
  • St Thomas's Hospital > Minutes of the Court of Governors (MG)
  • St Thomas's Hospital > Out Letter Books (LB)
  • Additional Datasets > 4 Shillings in the Tax, 1693-94 (FSP)
  • Additional Datasets > Aldgate Marriage Duty Tax, 1695 (MDA)
  • Additional Datasets > Aldgate Parish Registers, 1681-1709 (PAR)
  • Additional Datasets > Aldgate Poll Tax, 1690-98 (POL)
  • Additional Datasets > Fire Insurance Registers, 1777-86 (FIR)
  • Additional Datasets > Income Tax Payments 1799-1802 (ITP)
  • Additional Datasets > London/Westminster Directory, 1774 (DIR)
  • Additional Datasets > Marine Society Boys, 1770-1804 (MAR)
  • Additional Datasets > Old Bailey Associated Records (ASS)
  • Additional Datasets > PCC Abstracts of Wills (PCC)
  • Additional Datasets > St Luke's Workhouse Registers (WHR)
  • Additional Datasets > St Martin's Settlement Exams, 1725-93 (SET)
  • Additional Datasets > St Martins Workhouse Registers, 1725-1819 (SWR)
  • Additional Datasets > Salaries Paid to East India Clerks, 1760-1820 (EIC)
  • Additional Datasets > Westminster Pollbooks, 1749-1820 (WHD)
  • Additional Datasets > Westminster Ratebooks, 1749-1820 (WHD)

See About this Project for a description of the rationale for the choice of sources, and the methodology used in developing London Lives.


Role and Group

Role and Group Help

Role and Group Search Help

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Descriptive Roles have been assigned to some individual name instances, and to some Groups of individuals who shared an identified characteristic. These pull down menus allow you to search for names labelled in this way.

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Please note that these roles and groups have been assigned to only a minority of the relevant names in London Lives. The documents and types of roles and groups included reflect the specific research interests and preoccupations of registered users. They do not represent consistently applied categories of information, nor will the results of a search on these labels be consistent over time, as more tags are added.

On the Person Name Search Page, roles and groups cannot be combined in a single search.

On the Set Search Page, you may select any combination of a role and group. Your search will find only those sets which have all the characteristics indicated, so a complicated search is likely to find few or no results.



Date Help

Date (From Month/Year; To Month/Year)

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By filling in the From and To date boxes you can specify the period you wish to search. A date has been assigned to each manuscript page or other data division (in the case of most Additional Datasets, a single record). For manuscripts these dates have been derived from the first date to appear on any given page, or else, if no date is given, the closest date available in the text preceding the page displayed. Since some documents are undated, in some cases this date can refer to the document that precedes it. These details should therefore be checked against a close reading of the document itself. Where no date can be found, the earliest date given in the metadata for the document has been used. In the case of the Old Bailey Proceedings, the dates of all trials are recorded as the first day of the Sessions in which the trial took place, although most meetings of the court lasted several days.

Please note that until September 1752 England and Wales still used the old style, Julian calendar. As a result, the documents produced prior to that date, and reproduced here, were between 10 and 11 days out of kilter with the Gregorian calendar used on the continent and adopted in England and Wales at mid century. Under the Julian Calendar the start of the year was also 25 March rather than 1 January. For many documents, such as the Old Bailey Proceedings (OBP) and the Ordinary's Accounts (OA), dates effected have been consistently transformed to reflect a 1 January start of the year throughout. But different practices were adopted by the various projects contributing to the Additional Datasets. Different tagging levels have also been applied to the main run of transcribed manuscripts, resulting in some variability in the application of a consistent recording of dates from January, February and March, prior to 1752. Early eighteenth-century practice was also variable, with many clerks adopting a 1 January start to the year prior to 1752. When using materials from the first half of the century, users should check carefully whether the dates they are recording have been transposed to start the year on 1 January.

If you enter start and end years only, or the same year in both boxes, this will be taken to mean from January to December inclusive.


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