West Ham Genealogical Records

West Ham Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

West Ham Baptism Records (1856-1904)

Baptism records from people born in and around West Ham between 1856 and 1904. Lists the name of people's parent's, their occupations and abode.

Forest Gate St. Michael, West Ham Baptism Records (1957-1971)

Records of baptism for people born in and around West Ham between 1957 and 1971. Details include child's name, parent's names and dates of birth and/or baptism.

Canning Town St. Matthias, West Ham Baptism Records (1906-1991)

Baptism registers are the primary source for birth documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date a child was baptised, their parent's names, occupations, residence and more.

Church for the Deaf and Dumb, West Ham Baptisms (1904-1982)

Records of baptism for people born in and around West Ham between 1904 and 1982. Details include child's name, parent's names and date of birth and/or baptism. Records may also include parent's occupations, residence, place of origin and more.

West Ham Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Plaistow St. Martin, West Ham Marriage Records (1980-2010)

Marriage records from people who married at Plaistow St. Martin, West Ham between 1980 and 2010. Lists an individual's abode, marital status, father's name, age and signature

St. Philip & St. James, Plaistow Banns (1975-1983)

Banns registers list the names of people who intended to marry by the system of calling banns, in which the bride and groom's name were called for three weeks at church. At these callings objections could be made to a marriage. Thus they record any intended marriages that didn't occur.

St. Philip & St. James, Plaistow Marriages (1974-1983)

Marriage registers are the primary source for marital documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They typically the record marital status and residence of the bride and groom.

Canning Town St. Matthias, West Ham Banns Records (1972-1990)

The Banns register of Canning Town St. Matthias, West Ham gives details on those who intended to marry. They record an individual's real parish of residence if they moved to a parish temporarily for the purpose of a marriage.

West Ham Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Forest Gate Emmanuel, West Ham Burial Records (1853-1966)

Burial registers are the primary source for death documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date someone was buried, their age & residence.

Plaistow St. Mary, West Ham Burial Records (1830-1872)

Burial records for people buried at Plaistow St. Mary, West Ham between 1830 and 1872. Lists the deceased's name, residence and age.

All Saints, West Ham Burial Records (1653-1876)

Burial registers are the primary source for death documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date someone was buried, their age & residence.

All Saints, West Ham Burial Records (1813-1835)

Burial records for people buried at All Saints, West Ham, detail the deceased's name, residence and age from 1813 to 1835.

West Ham Church Records

West Ham Parish Registers (1600-2010)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at West Ham. Parish registers can assist tracing a family as far back as 1600.

West Ham Parish Registers (1813-1835)

The parish registers of West Ham are a collection of books documenting baptisms, marriages and burials from 1813 to 1835.

London Consistory Court Depositions (1586-1611)

An index to over 1,800 cases brought before the court. For witnesses, age and residence is usually given. The cases cover such matters as defamation, marriage and tithes.

The London Diocese Book (1890)

A calendar for the Diocese and a list of over 6,000 of its clergy.

Essex Parish Registers (1537-Present)

Digital images of all parish registers deposited at Essex Archives. Some registers are indexed by name.

West Ham Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

London Electoral Registers (1832-1965)

Lists of those registered to vote in London, including their residence and sometimes other supplementary details. Useful for tracing families in between censuses and can be used as a post-1911 census substitute, as listings are ordered by residence. A name index connected to original images.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

West Ham Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Archdeaconry of Essex Probate Index (1400-1720)

An index to wills proved by the Archdeaconry of Essex. The index includes the testator's name, residence, occupation and a reference to order a copy of the will.

Commissary Court of London Wills & Probate (1523-1857)

A searchable index connected to images surviving wills and probate documents for the Commissary Court of London. These records can help trace families back to the late 15th century.

Consistory Court of London Wills & Probate (1514-1858)

A searchable index connected to images surviving wills and probate documents for the Consistory Court of London. These records can help trace families back to the late 15th century.

London Consistory Court Wills (1492-1520)

Transcriptions of early wills covering the City of London and its environs.

Newspapers Covering West Ham

South London Press (1867)

A local paper including news from the London area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Shoreditch Observer (1857-1867)

A local paper including news from the Shoreditch area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Hertford Mercury and Reformer (1834-1868)

A record of births, marriages, deaths, legal, political, organisation and other news from the Hertford area. Original pages of the newspaper can be viewed and located by a full text search.

London Standard (1827-1900)

Original images of a local newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the London area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

Essex Newsman (1870-1949)

Regional news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other regional information from the Essex district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

West Ham Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

West Ham Cemeteries

The Ancient Sepulchral Monuments of Essex (1135-1890)

Transcriptions and illustrations of monuments erected remembrance of personages in Essex. Also contains pedigrees for historic families of the county.

Essex Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Essex's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Essex Monumental Inscriptions (1100-2007)

An index to vital details engraved on over 170,000 gravestones and other monuments across the county of Essex.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

West Ham Directories & Gazetteers

Kent's Directory of London & Environs (1740)

An alphabetical list of the names and places of abode of the directors of companies, persons in public business, merchants and other eminent traders in the Cities of London and Westminster and the borough of Southwark.

Gazetteer of London Road Name Changes (1700-1984)

A useful guide to roads that had their name changed in London.

London Alleys, Courts, Passages and Yards (1066-2004)

Descriptions of the more obscure area of London. Contains photos and continues to the 21st century.

Victorian London A-Z Street Index (1749-1997)

A gazetteer showing the changing jurisdiction London streets fell under.

Kelly's Directory of Essex (1937)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

London Poor Law & Board of Guardian Records (1430-1930)

Original images of a vast array of documents detailing the administration of the dependant poor in London. Including: school registers, rate books, removals, settlements, apprenticeships, criminal records, legal records and more.

London Consistory Court Depositions (1586-1611)

An index to over 1,800 cases brought before the court. For witnesses, age and residence is usually given. The cases cover such matters as defamation, marriage and tithes.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

West Ham Taxation Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Testa De Nevill (1198-1251)

An account of knights' fees and serjeanties in the reigns of Henry the Third and Edward the First.

West Ham Land & Property Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Return of Owners of Land England (1873)

A list of landowners in England giving their primary residence, extent of their land and estimated yearly rental.

West Ham Occupation & Business Records

Smuggling on the South East Coast (1675-1871)

An introduction to smuggling in on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Essex Wages Assessment (1651)

Details of the wages to be expected for various tradesmen and labourers.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Essex Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Essex pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Lost Pubs of Essex (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

West Ham School & Education Records

London School Admissions & Discharges Registers (1840-1911)

Records or admission and discharge for over 1 million pupils attending over 800 state schools in London. Records are indexed by name linked to original images of the registers; and may contain details on the pupil's parents, date of birth, residence, parent's occupations and scholastic history.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering West Ham

The Ancient Sepulchral Monuments of Essex (1135-1890)

Transcriptions and illustrations of monuments erected remembrance of personages in Essex. Also contains pedigrees for historic families of the county.

Victoria County History: Essex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

West Ham Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Essex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Visitations of Essex: 1552, 1558, 1570, 1612 & 1634 (1000-1634)

Five collections of pedigrees based on 16th and 17th century genealogical manuscripts. These works record families who had a right to bear coat of arms, essentially the gentry.

Essex Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Essex's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

West Ham Military Records

The Essex Regiment - 1st Battalion (44th) (1740-1919)

A chronicle of the regiment's part in numerous military campaigns from around the world.

Essex WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Essex, with some service details.

Essex WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Essex, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

West Ham Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

West Ham Histories & Books

Survey of Life and Labour in London (1886-1903)

A collection of maps and notebooks documenting the life and distribution of poor people in the London area.

Victoria County History: Essex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Handbook: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk & Cambridgeshire (1892)

A traveller's guide to four Southern counties.

Essex Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Essex.

Essex Church Photographs (2004-Present)

Photographs of the interiors and exteriors of Essex churches. Also contains some architectural information.

Biographical Directories Covering West Ham

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

West Ham Maps

Maps of London & The Vicinity (1940)

Detailed maps of London and 125 other places in the vicinity.

Old London Maps (1680-1926)

A large collection of maps charting London and it's environs.

Survey of Life and Labour in London (1886-1903)

A collection of maps and notebooks documenting the life and distribution of poor people in the London area.

James Wyld's Map of London and Environs (1872)

A map charting London and 25 miles round.

Essex and Suffolk Maps (1360-1910)

A collection of maps plotting the counties of Essex and Suffolk, and some of their settlements.

West Ham Reference Works

Essex Place Names (1200-1850)

A database of names of fields, roads, inns, houses, farms, manors, places, rivers, streams, woods, etc, and names of owners, tenants, landlords, parties to agreements etc, recorded from historic documents.

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

West Ham Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

At Westham there was formerly a market, the charter for which was obtained by Richard de Mountfitchet in the year 1253. William de Mountfitchet, an ancestor of Richard, was the founder of an abbey at Stratford Langthorn in this parish, about the year 1135. The endowment of this establishment consisted chiefly of the manor of Westham. In 1307 its abbot was summoned to attend parliament; its estates were valued, upon the Dissolution, at 652l. 3s. 1 1/4d.

The brick gateway, and an ornamented arch, which seems to have formed the entrance into the chapel, are the only relics of the buildings. The only antiquities found in the removal of the ruins and foundation of the convent was a small seal set in silver, and bearing the impression of a griffin, with the following legend: Nuncio vobis gandium et salutem.

All Saints, the parochial church, is a spacious edifice, with a tower, 74 feet high, at its west end. In this church-yard rest the remains of George Edwards, Esq. F. R. S. celebrated for his intimate acquaintance with natural history.

Here is, among other charities, a school, established in 1723, for 10 boys. Various contributions, since that period, have however, enabled the governors to augment the number to 40 boys and 20 girls, who are clothed and educated by the charity, and are further presented with an apprentice-fee of 5l. each, upon completing the term of their schooling. The funds arise in part from the interest of the capital, and in part from voluntary contributions, and an annual charity sermon.

The sum of 3000l. was bequeathed in 1761, by a lady of the name of Bonnell, for the establishment of a School, for 40 poor girls, and her benevolent intentions have been fully accomplished.

Upon the river Lea are erected the West Ham Water Works, which supply the villages of Stratford, Bromley, and Bow, Stepney, Bethnal Green, and the lower part of Whitechapel, with that most necessary article. The water is raised by the assistance of steam.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

Surnames Found in West Ham

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Smith20451.59
2Brown8270.64
3Jones6940.54
4Taylor6720.52
5White6080.47
6Clark6040.47
7Wright5660.44
8Harris4780.37
9Johnson4760.37
10King4700.37
11Turner4680.36
12Williams4610.36
13Green4350.34
14Allen4210.33
15Baker4110.32
16Carter3730.29
17Wood3600.28
18Davis3560.28
19Cooper3550.28
20Thompson3540.28
21Chapman3490.27
22Hall3440.27
23Wilson3410.27
24Walker3330.26
25Ward3260.25
26Edwards3250.25
27Young3150.25
28Robinson3120.24
29Cook3120.24
30Lewis3100.24
31Martin3070.24
32Moore3020.24
33Webb3010.23
34Collins2990.23
35Jackson2910.23
36Scott2880.22
37Evans2830.22
38Miller2810.22
39Roberts2720.21
40Phillips2700.21
41Watson2650.21
42Ellis2600.20
43Morris2590.20
44Lee2560.20
45Thomas2540.20
46Parker2470.19
47Palmer2470.19
48Adams2440.19
49Cox2400.19
50Bennett2380.19
51Perry2350.18
52Knight2330.18
53Brooks2330.18
54Fisher2290.18
55Page2170.17
56Newman2140.17
57Rogers2120.17
58Stevens2120.17
59Bailey2100.16
60Barker2100.16
61Hill2070.16
62Harvey2050.16
63Andrews2000.16
64Bishop2000.16
65Read1980.15
66Clarke1970.15
67James1970.15
68Price1960.15
69Watts1940.15
70Mitchell1920.15
71Gray1910.15
72Hunt1900.15
73Saunders1900.15
74Foster1890.15
75Morgan1870.15
76Howard1860.15
77Hart1850.14
78Reed1850.14
79West1800.14
80Harrison1770.14
81Richardson1760.14
82Hammond1730.13
83Lowe1710.13
84Reynolds1700.13
85Nicholls1670.13
86Sharp1660.13
87Stone1660.13
88Barnes1630.13
89Cole1630.13
90Anderson1620.13
91Porter1620.13
92Bell1600.12
93Day1590.12
94Marshall1580.12
95Mason1570.12
96Warren1540.12
97Moss1520.12
98Woods1500.12
99French1500.12
100Bird1490.12

* Statistics based on the 1881 census