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England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634-1900
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Westminster, Middlesex, England
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Record Description
Record Type Rate Books
Collection years 1634-1900
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
City of Westminster Archives Centre

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to and images of taxation records from Westminster City for the years 1634-1900. This collection was originally filmed at the Westminster City Archives and the index was created by Findmypast.

Given the information collected during their creation, these records can serve as a substitute for census records for individuals in the nineteenth century, or as a primary source for an individual's life in the two previous centuries. For more information on the information contained within rate books and how to use these records, follow this link.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

  • Name of head of household
  • Street address
  • Rate owed
  • Date of the record

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at England, Westminster Rate Books Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date of the record

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the England, Westminster Rate Books Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look at the image of the original record, if possible. Index entries contain only the most basic information needed to identify an individual; the original record may contain more information which was not included in the index
  • The information will help establish residence in a location. Use that information to search in church and civil records for birth, marriage, and death records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variants of given names and surnames
  • For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Individuals might also have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the year range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of search results
  • Search the records of nearby locations. For this collection, bordering locations could include other parishes in Middlesex outside Westminster or the city of London proper

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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