Library news

 September 2015

This quarter we have added a large number of parish register transcripts to the library, including various Essex marriages transcribed by Jack Baxter, a Herefordshire marriage index for the years 1538-1857, some London parish register transcripts by Cliff Webb and many Norfolk registers/Archdeacon’s Transcripts from the Parish Register Transcription Society. A full listing of items received in the last 3 months can be found here.


The number of family history research papers in the library also continues to grow. If you want to leave your research to the Society after your death, we have provided a form you can use to do this in the News section of this quarter’s Magazine.


The largest set of records added to SoG Data Online this quarter is the Civil Service Evidences of Age collection. This series of over 100,000 indexed images provides birth details of nearly 65,000 civil servants from a range of diverse sources. Some of these may be the only surviving evidence of a civil servant’s birth; I particularly like the document submitted by Robert Macdonald in support of his son John, in which he states that no birth or baptismal records survive of John’s birth, and that the only evidence he can produce is an inscription on the lid of his writing desk that he made at the time.


Other records added to our online collection include:


Llangibby (Monmouthshire) parish register
Poll book indexes for North Lincolnshire (1852), Norwich (1806), Northampton (1790 & 1820) and South Norfolk (1868)
National roll of the Great War part 7 (London) and part 8 (Leeds)
Nottinghamshire parish registers for Keyworth, Lambley,Kneeton, Langford and Laxton


The project to index our collection or BMD certificates in now in full swing, and the Customs and Excise Staff Registers project is almost complete (and should be available soon on SoG Data Online). We are also coming to the end of our project to index 8 volumes of Irish WW1 dead that are held in our collection.


Library tours have been given to U3A groups from Borehamwood, Waltham Abbey and Bromley, as well as groups from Strathclyde University and New Zealand. The Society also had a table at the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day (see the blog entry on our website).


At a recent meeting of the London Learned and Professional Societies Librarians Group (on which the Society is represented) recent changes in Copyright Law were discussed, whilst in June one of our longest serving volunteers, Elizabeth Grey, retired after more than 20 years service – we wish her well for the future.


Finally, at our Open Day on Saturday September 12th (and possibly the following week), we hope to be selling some of our duplicate second hand books to raise funds for the library.


I hope you find something of relevance to your research in the following pages, and wish you the best of luck in your research this Autumn.

Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services

Tim Lawrence

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