Genealogists planning to visit the many different archives in London will be interested in a new map that shows the ways to walk between nine key archive centres in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. The Camden and Islington Family History Map has been produced by a partnership of the archive centres, and it is an invaluable tool for anyone uncovering the lives of their ancestors. The map is part of the national Archive Awareness Campaign.
Locations highlighted on the map include:
- The old telephone directories available at the BT Archives
- Old street maps at the London Metropolitan Archives
- Islington Local History Centre
- The Family Records Centre
- Post Office Pension records at the Royal Mail Archive
- Highgate Cemetery Registers at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
- The Society of Genealogists with its unique library
- The British Library for India Office records
The Family History Map also caters to the traveling genealogist for whom a single day in the area is not enough. It seems the London School of Economics can provide a great value in accommodations during the university holiday period, when student housing is vacant. This school is conveniently situated next to the Family Records Centre, and the map gives all the details.
The Camden and Islington Family History Map is completely free and is available at all the partner institutions. In addition, it will be at archives around the UK. You can also download it as a PDF file from the London page of the Archive Awareness website: http://www.archiveawareness.com/highlights/london.
NOTE: The London page of the Archive Awareness website currently has a broken link on that page. The correct address that should be on the site should point to http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/frc/visits/local.htm.
My thanks to Malcolm Austen for the corrected information.