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London Lives


London Lives is a fascinating online archive of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, focusing on "plebeian Londoners".  It covers the years 1690 - 1800 and contains 240,000 manuscripts, including criminal records, coroners' reports, workhouse registers, court orders, etc.  All records are full-text and fully searchable.  You can search by name if you are tracing an ancestor, or just browse the documents for an enthralling glimpse of life in what was the world's largest city during "the best of times. . . the worst of times".