London residents offered free family history advice

London residents are being offered a chance to search their family history during Adult Learner’s Week.



Free access to computers and online family history resources are on offer in a number of London libraries.

Residents living in the London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley are being invited to get along to libraries during Adult Learner’s Week in May, 2011.

The local service has teamed up with Family History Detectives to help residents reseach family links and history.

The project, History on Your Doorstep, started in 2009 in libraries around Birmingham.

It is now also running in Coventry; Warwickshire; Herefordshire and Derbyshire.

This will be the first time the project has operated in London.

More information

The project will be launched in Bromley libraries  on Wednesday 18th May at the following Bromley libraries:

  • Orpington Library from 10.00am to 11.30am,
  • Bromley Library from 12.30pm to 2.00pm
  • Beckenham Library from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

It will be launched in Bexley libraries on Friday 20th May 2011 on the following dates:

  • Erith Library, 10.00am to 11.30am (The Lord Mayor of Erith will be in attendance)
  • Sidcup Library, 12.30pm to 2.00pm
  • Welling Library 3.00pm to 4.30pm

Family history courses

If you want to know more about your family history, then a six week course is planned to commence at all of the above libraries, the week after the launch.

They are aimed at those beginning to trace their family history. The cost will be £35.

The topics covered will be: how to start; civil registration; census returns; parish registers; wills and probate and surnames.

For further information and to book a place, ring 01212583853 or 01322550213 or Email

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