General help and Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I'd like to know if one of my ancestors was a Freeman of the City of London
A. The Freedom of the City of London is handled by the City of London, who may be able to provide some information about your ancestor at the time he became a Freeman. Please note that while all Guild members must be Freemen of the City, not all Freemen become members of the Guild.
Q. I'd like to find out if one of my ancestors was a member of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London
A. Not all Freemen of the City become members of the Guild. All of the Guild's records about members prior to 1942 were lost during the blitz, so we are not able to confirm your ancestor's membership prior to this date. However our History of the Guild (you may purchase this from the Guild) does provide information about the Masters and Wardens and other notable individuals who have been involved with the Guild since its foundation in 1908.
Q. What is a Freeman?
A. Freeman is a mediaeval term for a citizen who has acquired certain rights and privileges and freedom to live and work in a city. Freedom of the City of London is still granted today and is considered an honour, although without particular privileges. More information can be found on the City of London website.
Q. How do I open PDF documents?
A. You can download a free copy of the Adobe PDF Reader.