Guide to Salt Lake City

Through reading Dick Eastman’s blog I came across this great guide to Salt Lake City it is called “The Chart Chick’s Quick Insider’s Guide to Salt Lake City”. Written by Janet Hovorka it is an excellent guide to Salt Lake City for genealogist, she covers all aspects of a trip to Salt Lake City. Wish I had had this before my first trip there!!

The guide is available as a free PDF download and if you want a paper copy that is available for $15 US.

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Google Books

clip_image002Recently I spoke to a fellow genealogist who didn’t know about Google Books so I thought I would write about it just in case there are others who have missed out on using this great resource.

Firstly you open up the normal Google page and you will see along the top a row of tabs such as Images, Maps etc. at the right hand end is the tab “more”. Click on that and you get a drop down box with a list of other options which includes “Books”. Click on that.

If you click on the “Browse Books” tab it will open up a page which has an advanced search link. Click on that and you get a search page will a number of options. Once you have filled in the details of what you are searching for you can opt to just have Full View Only books displayed, this is what I usually do.

There are thousands of books there which are of interest and help to family historians. So give it a go and see just what is awaiting you in the Google Library and don’t forget that Google are in the process of scanning thousands of books & pamphlets that are held  in the British Library.

Oh dear so much to search and only one lifetime !!

Theatre Collection

Uni BristolThe online catalogue of the University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection may be very useful for those with ancestors who trod the boards. The collection is wide and includes documents, photographs, film and artefacts so if you find something of interest in the catalogue a trip to Bristol may be very worth while.

You should note that the building is closed to researchers until mid October because of building work, but that just gives you plenty of time to plan your trip!!


Bodleian Library periodicals online

clip_image002Did you know that the Bodleian Library in Oxford has put some of it’s vast holding of periodicals online. Amongst the offerings are the “Gentleman’s Magazine” 1731 – 1750 and “Notes & Queries” 1849 – 1869.

Both of these publications have plenty to interest the family historian. The Gentleman’s Magazine has an index for each volume (one volume per year) and Notes & Queries also has a yearly index. I think to get the best out of these publications you need to browse through a volume to see how things are laid out and then dive into some research. A very wide range of subjects are covered in each edition including many announcements of births, marriages & deaths.

Take a look.

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Hertfordshire Archives & Find My Past

clip_image002Hertfordshire Archives has joined forces with FindMyPast to digitise their parish register holdings 1538 – 1990. According to the Archives Twitter page the registers should be available for online searching by the end of 2012.

What good news especially as I have ancestors in Hertfordshire Winking smile The Archives online catalogue and names index have proved to be very helpful and are well worth the time looking at whilst we wait for the parish registers to become available.

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