Explore over four centuries of baptism records from Westminster, London, England. Discover your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date and parents’ names. Through finding your ancestor’s parents’ name you can enhance your family tree by adding a new generation. The Westminster baptisms include some famous names such as the artist J M W Turner, artist and poet William Blake, and dramatist and poet Sir William Gilbert. We have provided a list of all the parishes in this collection to help your family history research.
The Westminster baptisms comprise almost 1.5 million baptisms from more than 50 parishes of Westminster in Middlesex, England.
Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original baptism register held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The amount of information varies, but the records will usually provide the following information about your ancestor:
Images may include additional notes or annotations about your ancestor, as well as the name of the officiant at the ceremony. In some cases, the officiant may also be a relative.
We are proud to bring you the Westminster Collection in association with City of Westminster Archives Centre. The Westminster Collection is a unique set of records which documents the history of the City of Westminster and its people. The records provide an essential resource for local and family historians.
The Westminster baptisms include some famous names such as the artist J M W Turner, artist and poet William Blake and dramatist and illustrator Sir William Gilbert. James Mallord William Turner, the son of William and Mary Turner was baptised on 14 May 1775 at St Paul’s Covent Garden. William Blake was baptised on 11 December 1757 at St James, Piccadilly. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was born 18 November 1836 and baptised on 11 January 1837. Gilbert’s parents were William and Ann Mary and his baptism took place at St Paul’s Covent Garden.
When searching for baptisms, be sure to be generous when entering the year of birth. Discrepancies in birth year and reported ages are common, so if you allow five years either side of the known birth year, you are more likely to find your ancestor, and perhaps some siblings.
Parish boundaries have changed over the years, and your ancestors may also have moved around. To give you the best chance of finding your ancestors, be aware that you may find results in unexpected parishes, or neighbouring areas.