Victoria County Histories

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>The series of books known as the Victoria County Histories are a goldmine for family historians and those interested in local history. The series started in 1899 and the project was dedicated to Queen Victoria hence the name. It was a massive undertaking to write a complete history of the land, places and prominent people of each English county, but the Victorian were ambitious people and obviously the founders of the VCH thought it could be completed. I think they would be surprised to find that the project is still being worked on and completion is a little way off.

The model for each county was that the topography, geology, flora, fauna and history would be covered, each area was to be written by a eminent specialist and the books were to be scholarly. Each set of county books ran into several volumes and most large libraries subscribed and still subscribe to the series.

What is in Victoria County Histories for the genealogist?

The volumes of interest are the ones in which the county is broken down into parishes. Each parish contains a history dating back as far as it is possible to go, even back to the Domesday Book of 1086 if it was recorded. There is mention made of prominent buildings such as the vicarage or rectory, the manor house and other landowners homes.

The history and lists of the inhabitants of the manor or manors within the parish, and theVictoria County Histories<p><!   Google Ads Injected by Adsense Explosion 1.1.5   ><div class=adsxpls id=adsxpls2 style=padding:7px; display: block; margin left: auto; margin right: auto; text align: center;><!   AdSense Plugin Explosion num: 1   ><script type=text/javascript><!  

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p> history and incumbents of the church. Mention is also made of any chapels attached to the parish church and also any non conformist meeting houses or chapels. Descriptions of charities set up to administer monies and properties left, often for the relief of the poor of the parish, in the wills of parishioners are recorded. Mention might also be made of any mills and fisheries within the parish.

There are also often sketch drawings of the church, manor house, coats of arms etc.

Where can Victoria County Histories be found?

Most major libraries will have the histories for their county and some may have a complete run of all counties published so far. County Record Offices will almost certainly also have copies. Copies of the histories can be purchased from the Institute of Historical Research who now run the project. However the cost per volume can be as much as £100.

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The British History Online website offers copies of the volumes on the internet free of charge and this is the main source that most genealogists use. Simply put the name of the parish you are interested in the search box on the front page of the web site, click and then scroll down the list of hits and chose the one that says “A History of the County of …..”. This will take you to the relevant page.

These histories will give you much valuable background information on the parishes in which your ancestors lived and worked. Occasionally you may even find your ancestors named and if they were holders of manorial rights then a line of succession to those rights will be listed. Take a look at these parish histories and I am sure you will soon be including them in your files for all your families.

http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/Default.aspx

Sound, Craft, Vision, Place

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>An interesting project from the University of Huddersfield. The idea is to link up specialist researchers with members of local communities so that they can together build up an archive of local history. The scope of the project is broad and can range from the recording of memories of the past to looking at an aspect of life centuries ago.

Sounds fascinating and definitely a project I shall watch with interest. Although based in Huddersfield the team are working with regional partners so not living in the area isn’t a barrier.

There is an open day at Huddersfield this Saturday, but if you can’t get to that contact Rob Light [email protected].

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Local History Online

Local History OnlineLocal history goes hand in hand with family history and I have found that most genealogists are also keen local history fans. This website offer links to 654 Local History Societies and information on another 561 societies that don’t have a presence on the internet.

Worth a look to see if your ancestors area is covered as many of these societies have transcriptions of tombstone and even sometimes parish registers online.

http://www.local-history.co.uk

Medieval English Towns

Medieval English TownsIf you have established family lines back to the Medieval period then this website will interest you. Working with material as far back as the Middle Ages it is essential to have a good understanding of the social background of the records, the why, where and how of the records you are looking at.

This site states ….

The aim of the Medieval English Towns site is to provide historical information about cities and towns in England during the Middle Ages, with particular but not exclusive emphasis on medieval boroughs of East Anglia and on social, political and constitutional history. A growing selection of primary documents (translated into English) relevant to English urban history is included.

http://users.trytel.com/~tristan/towns/towns.html

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Hamble Hampshire old photos

Following on from my post yesterday about the Hamble Local History Society I have found another good website for Hamble. This time it is “Hamble interactive” and they have a great section with old photos of the village.

This is a must look at for those with ancestors who lived or worked in Hamble.

I would love to show a little screen shot of the website, but at the moment for reasons best know to itself Microsoft Livewriter won’t let me attach photos. I’m trying to sort the problem out, but in the meantime you will just have to click on the link and see the site that way Hamble Hampshire old photos

http://www.hamble.net/images1.html