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London Overview

This week I catch up with Deceased Online's new collections and summarize what's currently available to help locate ancestors who died in London After the 1830s, when my 3x great grandparents, Edward Barnes and Mary Ashley, arrived in the capital, hundreds of members of my family have been born in London, settled there or passed through. Millions of us around the world have at least one ancestor who died in London between the 18th century and today. Although most of Deceased Online's London collections date from the 19th and 20th centuries, there are a number of records from the 18th century, including that of the Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe, who was buried in Bunhill Hill Fields in 1731.
Researching London ancestors is complicated by the changing nature of its administrative boundaries over the years. What was Essex in 1780, for example, may be in the London Borough of West Ham in 1980. Thankfully, you don't need to know the full administrative history of Lond…