Based on church records a team of volunteers have compiled a database of over 5,000 people buried at the infamous Bedlam burial ground during the 16th and 17th centuries. An estimated 20,000 burials occurred at the site now being disturbed owing to the construction of the new Liverpool Street Crossrail station. About 3,000 skeletons are being excavated and examined. More from the Dail Mail. the BBC (with short video) and this full length video which explains how the research is revealing the life and times.
The search can be limited to 50 year ranges from 1550 and to one or all of about 70 London parishes. Note the search will find all occurrences so a search for Smith will find not only those with that surname but also smith anywhere in a record such as occupation goldsmith.