The Hathi Trust – a real treasure house

London Burial Grounds

With reference to my interest in London Cemeteries I have been long aware of a book that was originally published in 1896, but has been reprinted a number of times since “The London Burial Grounds: notes on their history from the earliest times to the present day, by Mrs. Basil Holmes”. I decided today that I really must buy a copy, these days I prefer to buy e-books so I did a Google search and up came a copy on the Hathi Trust website.

Those of you who have been reading the MadAboutGenealogy website for a while or who have heard me speak on genealogy subjects will know that I am a great fan of Google Books & Well the Hathi Trust is a similar organisation, I mentioned it in passing in January as they have a good run of the Gentleman’s magazine, but feel it is worth posting about it again.

The trust is in partnership with major research institutes and libraries 

Hathi Trust

and their joint aim is to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. My copy of Mrs Holmes book came from Yale University and I was allowed to download it as a PDF free of charge. I noticed that on each page is a small note saying that the digitisation was supported by Microsoft, so well done Mr Gates!

A general search using the term genealogy came up with 20,960 items, so enough to keep anyone busy on a wet Sunday afternoon. The site has a leaning towards American items, but there was enough English based material to make me put this site onto my Favourites List.

I’m off to start reading Mrs Basil Holmes book on London Cemeteries, take a look at the Hathi Trust website and I am sure you will soon find something to interest you!

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