Amazing what’s out there on the internet: this week I was searching for information for my coffee mill maker project when I happened across http://books.google.com
I must admit this isn’t a site I’ve used before, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover what’s on there: I found several gazetteers, and the catalogues for the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1862 International Exhibition, which provided me with some very useful information indeed. I’ve added a link to this site on the page ‘Useful Websites’.
Another website I shall be following with interest is the new site launched by the National Archives of Ireland. At the moment this site provides free access to census records for 1901 and 1911, Tithe Apportionment Books for 1823-1837 and soldiers’ wills 1914-1917, and promises much more to come. The website can be found at www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie and again I’ve added this link to ‘Useful Websites’.
Other than that, I’ve read through two very useful books published by the Staffordshire and Stoke On Trent Archive Service: ‘Family History For Beginners’ and ‘Advanced Guide To Family History’, which are not only excellent ‘how to do it’ guides, but also concentrate on the sources specifically relating to Staffordshire. Some very useful information indeed!
And finally I’ve finished reading through ‘Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors’ by Michael Pearson, which I would recommend as essential reading for anyone researching their family in the Black Country.
All three of these books have been added to the page ‘Useful Books’.
And what have I asked Santa for this Christmas? It’s a strange life, that of a genealogist: top of my list is a death certificate. At least my family always know what to buy me!