I hope that you will find something to help you in your research amongst the new additions to the library this quarter. They include a good selection of books on the First World War, such as Keith Gregson’s ‘A tommy in the family: 1st World War family history & research’ and Eugene Byrne’s ‘Researching your Bristolian ancestors in the 1st world war’.
As always there is a good variety of books from the counties, including a large donation of Herefordshire monumental inscriptions from Herefordshire FHS, some Lincolnshire poor law material, Boston Borough Council apprenticeship registers 1663-1903, London & Middlesex 1666 Hearth Tax returns, an early recording of some of the MIs inside St Dunstan in the West, a Rutland marriage index for 1538-1754, and a listing of Sussex church court deponents 1556-1694. The largest donation was a series of CDs produced by the Parish Register Transcription Society that include many Sussex parish register transcripts. Overseas records include notes of graves and burials in Eastern Bengal.
These, together with all the other new accessions, can be found in the Genealogists Magazine, and on our online catalogue (SOGCAT).
Our online library collection (SoG Data Online) continues to expand rapidly, with over 165,000 database entries having been added since the last Magazine, including:
• Poll books for Cambridgeshire (1780), Westminster (1841), Herefordshire (1796), Chichester (1830), Lincolnshire (1807) & Yorkshire (1741)
• Hawksworth & Hayton registers (Nottinghamshire)
• Grubb one name study
• Butlin (and variants) family history
• Newcastle under Lyme wills
• Pike's Greenwich and Deptford (including images)
• Baigent genealogical records
• Hampstead St John Monumental inscriptions
• Apprentices of Great Britain records (ongoing)
• Baldwinson index
• Brooks Davies special collection index
• Llanbaddock registers
Unindexed images of the following books are also now available:
• Diocese of Exeter marriage licences 1523-1631
• Gentlemans’ Magazine index 1731-80
• Grays Inn admissions register 1521-1889
• Parsons charity 1848-1880
• Parish registers for Reading (1538-1812), Fittleworth (1559-1812), Whittlesey St Mary (M 1662-1672), Prestbury (1560-1636), Stockport St Mary (1584-1620), St Breward (1558-1900), Clyst St George (1565-1812) Bobbingworth (CB 1559-1785 M 1559-1753) and Gulval (1598-1812)
• Surrey poll book 1742
Special collections are arriving continuously, and we have recently received large donations from Malcolm Pinhorn and the late Beryl Crawley.
We have had a few volunteers join our scanning team recently – if you would like to help the Society in this way please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Mary Timmins (firstname.lastname@example.org). Volunteer transcribers are currently indexing a series of 19th century Customs & Excise Staff registers and we hope to make these available on SoG Data Online in the coming months. Sadly, Tony Simpson, who helped us with scanning and photographing items in the library, recently passed away.
Library tours were given to the Metropolitan Police FHS and Thorpe Bay U3A, as well as those on the Family history getaway week and new members orientation day. I gave talks on the library catalogue, SoG Data Online and volunteering at the SoG, all of which can be found on the Library Section of our website.
Finally, next year the library will be selling a fresh selection of second hand books in the bookshop, so take a look when you are next in.
With best wishes for Christmas, and a 2015 of genealogical discoveries.
Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services
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