Our general family history resources are quite limited. The Museum does not hold any parish records or census records. For those you should visit the London Metropolitan Archives, the National Archives or the Guildhall Library.
If your ancestors worked in the Docks, we may have information about them in the records of the Port of London Authority. These are not available online but records can be seen by appointment in the Sainsbury Study Centre.
If your ancestors worked in Sainsbury’s, we may also have information about them in The Sainsbury Archive.
Local history research
Our collection includes material relating to every borough in London. Some of our microsites enable you to search by borough:
For local history you should also try your local museum, library or borough archive.
History of London
Try the fact packs in our Schools section, particularly for information about Docklands.
Please see our Research Prospectus (PDF 671kb)
Please see our Picture Library
Please see the LAARC pages