Packard Special Collection now available on SoG Data Online

The Society of Genealogists has a large number of Special Collections in its unique family history library. The first of these to be digitised is the Packard Collection, which contains references to many Packard families worldwide and was compiled by Brigadier John Joseph Packard (1910-1993).

Brigadier Packard began his genealogical research in 1961 on his retirement from the army. The collection consists largely of correspondence with at least a modicum of genealogical interest relating to Packard families in Suffolk and abroad (America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). Many of these contacts were made as a result of sales of his book on the history of the family, a copy of which can be found on the library's family history shelves (FH/PAC) and on SoG Data Online. As well as the correspondence there are some certificates and a few photographs and notebooks.

The papers have now been scanned and indexed, thanks to Society member Giles Colchester. Documents containing personal information relating to living individuals have been redacted where necessary. If you, or anyone else you know, are researching the surname Packard, the collection will prove invaluable.

To view the Packard collection enter ‘Packard’ into the ‘Getting Started’  box at the top right of this page. Members and non-members may carry out a basic search for free to see how many records are returned, but only members can view the full records by logging on.

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