Source Information

Ancestry.com. The London Gazette (London, England), 1825-1962 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: The London Gazette, 1825–1962. London, England: Church of England Record Centre.

About The London Gazette (London, England), 1825-1962

This database contains issues of the London Gazette.

Historical Background

The London Gazette traces its origins back to King Charles II’s move from London to Oxford during the plague of 1665. The Gazette became the authoritative source of government and other news and is Britain’s oldest continuously published newspaper. Over time, along with providing notice of changes to laws and policies, the Gazette expanded its contents to include

  • dispatches from the Admiralty and War Office,
  • military appointments and promotions,
  • civil service notices,
  • names of people granted British citizenship,
  • notices about deceased people’s estates,
  • notices of bankruptcies,
  • notices of medals and meritorious actions,
  • recipients of the Order of the British Empire and other honours lists,
  • legal name changes.

What You Can Find in the Records

Details in an entry vary, of course, but they may include

  • names,
  • dates,
  • residence,
  • death date.

Note that there are random gaps in this collection and it does not include every volume published between 1825 and 1962.

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