Archives for January 2012

Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

clip_image002Have you got folk from Nottinghamshire ? My husband has so I was interested in this website. The first page introduction says it all really !!….

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway is designed to provide a guide to the heritage resources of the county, and a history of Nottinghamshire featuring the latest research.

The information provided by the Gateway is arranged through a series of research pathways, organised into the following groups: places, people, themes and events. The pathways provide users with a brief overview of a subject area and a list of key resources for further research, arranged by type of source material.

The Gateway is being developed by The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, and new pathways are added on a regular basis.


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York Cause Papers now online

clip_image002I wasn’t sure what Cause Papers were until I read about this new website. It seems that they are the papers relating to cases heard by the Church Courts, now I had heard about those and I was excited to find that thanks to funding from JISC they are now available online for the Diocese of York.

The website says …..

Documents detailing cases heard in the church courts of the diocese of York from 1300 to 1858 can now be explored online.

The Cause Papers Database, available at, has been digitised thanks to a grant from funding body JISC and allows visitors to search and view more than 14,000 records held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

The set features details of a wide range of social and religious issues, from marriages and separations to subjects that are now regarded as more secular, including taxation and professional misconduct.

“The York Cause Papers Database is a wonderful resource for family and local historians,” says archivist Paul Dryburgh. “More than 200,000 people, from places ranging from York parishes to as far afield as Russia and America, have now been catalogued. Such a rich variety of cases, including breach of faith, defamation, immorality and testamentary, gives exciting insights into the real life concerns and experiences of your ancestors.”


Diocesan of York, Cause Papers, Borthwick Institute, Family History, Genealogy

Aborfield, Berkshire Local History

ArborfieldAn website which will be of interest to all those with ancestors from the Aborfield area of Berkshire. It has a parish history timeline, a page about the families who have lived in the village for generations, information about properties in the village, memories of the village by long time residents and much more. Always good to find a website specialising in “your” village.


Aborfield, Berkshire, Local History, Family History, Genealogy