On my visits to the Family History library in Salt Lake City I have always been torn between reading as many films as I can of records which haven’t been put online, making a beeline for the book & pamphlet library (I could spend weeks sitting on the floor just reading everything shelf by shelf !) or do I head for the family history books to see if anyone has published a book on one of my family lines? Decisions, decisions…
As some of you may know there is a project by the LDS to digitize the genealogy & family history books from some of the leading libraries in America and also the contents of the Family History books at Salt Lake. The collection now numbers in excess of 40,000 books and whilst many of them will be by American authors a considerable number will have English content in them. The libraries that are involved in this project are listed below.
The material being scanned includes family histories, county and local histories, gazetteers, and medieval histories & pedigrees. There was a report on the FamilySearch blog which lists the new additions for June to the online collection. The list is separated out into various headings so finding material of interest is very easy. Scanning quickly through the British Isles section I see that there is a wide variety of documents from “The fabric rolls of York Minster : with an appendix of illustrative documents”, “ The visitations of Kent, taken in the years 1530-1 by Thomas Benolte, and 1574 by Robert Cooke” to “The road-books & itineraries of Ireland, 1647 to 1850; a catalogue” & “The parish registers of Hollesley, Co. Suffolk”.
The books can be found on the FamilySearch website, click on the tab BOOKS, then click on the coloured tab FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS, there is a simple or an advanced search option and the search can be undertaken by title, author, surname or full text. The books can be save onto a disc or onto your computer hard-drive.
This online library is just one of the gems on the FamilySearch website, put aside a couple of hours and enjoy searching through this wonderful genealogical collection. Also remember that new additions are being added on a monthly basis.
- Allen County Public Library
- Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library
- Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library
- Church History Library
- Family History Library
- Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
- Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center
FamilySearch blog report
British Isles new additions June 2012