Queen Victoria’s Journals now online

A partnership between the Royal Archives and the Bodleian Library has brought us the 141 volumes of Queen Victoria’s private diaries. I believe that some of her diaries were destroyed by one of her daughter upon the Monarch’s death, but many have survived and are now available online at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org

There are 13volumes in Victoria’s own hand survive, and the majority of the remaining volumes were transcribed after Queen Victoria’s death by her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, on her mother’s instructions

The journals are searchable by word.


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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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