Library news

September - November 2014

 Amongst the new items arriving in the library this quarter are:

• A Huguenot surname index on CD (listing people appearing in Huguenot Society publications, and improving on the fiche version).
• Methodist records for family historians, by Richard Ratcliff.
• Quaker digest registers of births, marriages & burials for the Suffolk and Essex quarterly meetings.
• A large number of Bedfordshire monumental inscriptions.
• A Hertfordshire settlement examinations index and removal orders index.
• A directory of Londoners 1666-1700  by Ralph Hall & Valerie Scadeng. 
• Many Somerset monumental inscriptions transcribed by Mervyn Medlycott
• An extensive collection of records relating to Tasmanian convicts.

These, together with all the other new accessions, can be found in the pages that follow, and on our online catalogue (SOGCAT).

Our online library collection (SoG Data Online) continues to expand rapidly, with over 200,000 entries having been added since the last Magazine, including:

• An index of CMBs appearing in Bishop Challoner’s notebook
• Parish registers for Boddington, Halam, Halloughton, Northampton All Saints, Chiswick and Kensington
• Market Harborough & Melton Mowbray monumental inscriptions (Congregational)
• More records in the Apprentices of Great Britain series
• Fully indexed images of George Marshall’s Genealogists Guide
• Customs & Excise staff registers Volumes 2-5
• An apothecaries index 1815-1840
• Alumni Oxonienses Early Series surnames A-D
• Monumental inscriptions recorded by F S Snell for several parishes in Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Sussex & Hertfordshire
• Oxfordshire poll book 1754
• Westmorland poll book 1820
• Leicester poll book 1847
• Women in India index
• Wigan All Saints RC burials 1734-1844
• National roll of the Great War section 2 London
• Mayne one-name study (images)
• Ludlows of Shipton Moyne

A complete listing of everything on SoG Data Online can be found here.


Five of our erstwhile library volunteers recently received certificates of appreciation at the AGM for the help they have given us indexing the Eileen Stage Coastguards collection and the Tim Cockerill Lawyers collection.

Megan Bradford completed indexing the first 4 volumes of Customs & Excise staff registers during her internship with us, for which we are most grateful.

We have just started a project to index the 8 volumes of Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914-18, which list Irish war dead from the First World War.

During the last 3 months we have given library tours to the Clan Home Association, Thorley U3A and the British Deaf History Society, in addition to the fortnightly Saturday tours. Attendees of the Family History Getaway week in May made good use of the library, and some filming for the upcoming series of WDYTYA took place in the Upper Library. The Society had its regular stand at Nunhead Cemetery open day, where Society literature and publications were on display.

As we remember the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War this quarter, I hope that you manage to find records of your WW1 ancestors in our library, along with many other earlier ancestors too. Wishing you every success in your searches this Autumn.

Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services

Tim Lawrence

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