18 million parish records to be published online by ancestry.co.uk

In the mid-16th century, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's vicar-general, began the collecting of London parish records. Now 18 million of these records will be available on the ancestry.co.uk website.

Included in the records will be birth and marriage records as well as burial records of victims of London's great fire. Also included are many of those who died from bubonic plague. The project is a joint effort of acenstry.co.uk, the City of London's London Metropolitan Archives, and Guildhall Library Manuscripts.