Library news

July - September 2013


One of the core features of the library’s holdings is its unique collection of parish register transcripts, and amongst those added this quarter are High Wycombe (burials), Dalton in Furness, and post 1837 marriages for Leicestershire. We have also finished cataloguing the large collection of Somerset parish registers that we acquired several years ago, and these are now all available in the Lower Library.

Whilst on the subject of Somerset, we have recently added a large number of Somerset monumental inscriptions to the library (transcribed by Sir Mervyn Medlycott). Sir Mervyn has been meticulously recording these for many years, and sends us copies of all his work, for which we are most grateful.

Two other counties for which we receive regular donations of monumental inscriptions are Herefordshire and East Yorkshire - thanks are due to Herefordshire FHS and East Yorkshire FHS for donating these.

Other noteworthy additions include a listing of wills in the Consistory Court of Lichfield, a work on Officer casualties of the Indian armies 1803-1946, volumes 2-3 of RAF fighter command losses of WW2, and a book on what it was like to be an emigrant in the 1807-1940 time period. A large number of books on Virginia came to us as part of the Currer-Briggs collection.

For those researching aristocratic families, Nick Newington-Irving has produced his 7th volume of updates & amendments to the 2003 edition of Burke’s peerage, and we have received the 189th edition of the Almanach de Gotha.

Amongst the Special Collections added this quarter were the research papers of Raymond Peter Lindley, who had been a member of the Society for nearly 30 years. This will be fully listed in due course.

150 new datasets have been placed online during the past 3 months, bringing the total number of entries to nearly 12 million people (plus over 300,000 images). These have included:

• a list of Londoners for the period 1666-1700 compiled by Ralph Hall
• the Packard Special collection (including scans of the original papers)
• registers for Nottinghamshire (transcribed by John Mellors) and Monmouthshire (transcribed by Dave Woolven)
• local history indexes produced by Pat Loveridge
• Poll books indexed by Society volunteers
• Monumental inscriptions for Bedfordshire transcribed by A W Matthews.
• Trinity House petitions index
• Images of over 35 parish registers

A complete listing of everything on SoG Data Online can be found here, and new additions are announced in the News section

Amongst the outreach events we have undertaken over the past 3 months are library tours for Reigate & Redhill and Rayleigh U3A groups and the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History. We also hosted groups from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and Pharos Tutors, and attended the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day. I am giving talks on using the library catalogue on 23 October and Using SoG Data Online on 6 November. The former date also includes a talk on volunteering at the SoG to which you are all warmly invited.

Abbie Black has now finished her internship with us, during which time she indexed and uploaded the original marriage allegations and apprenticeship indentures given to us by Frederick Arthur Crisp – these can now be viewed on SoG Data Online.

New projects to have recently started include the inputting of the 1780 Male Servants Tax into a database and digitising the Coastguards Index originally compiled by Eileen Stage.

We have now completed scanning all the documents given to us between 1992 and 2010 and have moved on to scanning the earlier ones. We have purchased an extra scanner to help in this task.

Thank you once again for your continued support of the Society.

Tim Lawrence

Head of Library Services

Tim Lawrence