Ancestry records - including the family history of David Beckham - have gone online

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More than 77 million ancestry records, including the family histories of David Beckham, Britney Spears and JK Rowling, have been put online.

The London Historical Records 1500s-1900s features details of the capital's citizens such as Oliver Cromwell and William Blake.

Josh Hanna, senior vice president of, which is hosting the records, said: "We estimate that half of Brits will be able to find an ancestor in this collection, which pre-dates civil registration and census, and documents the history of a great city and its people, their birth, poverty, fortunes, faith, education, marriage and death.

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