Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Historic Stirling Poor Relief Records

Stirling Council Archives has uploaded indexes to the Poor Relief records it holds for 14 local parishes : Aberfoyle, Balfron, Balquhidder, Buchanan, Callander, Drymen, Fintry, Gargunnock, Killearn, Kippen, Logie, St Ninians, Stirling and Strathblane.  Various records were kept regarding the local poor, including records of applications, registers of the poor and parish minutes.   Available as PDF files, the searchable documents can reveal the full name of the person who applied for relief, along with their place of origin, marital status and occupation.
Original records, held by the archives, can provide additional information about those who can be found in the indexes.  Visit the Stirling Council Archives for more information, or to see what other treasures they have available.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Collage : The London Picture Archive

Collage: The London Picture Archive offers access to a wealth of photographs, prints, drawings and posters from London, available via an interactive map showing the locations that they depict.  This database of pictures not only includes images of famous landmarks, but ordinary streets and residential buildings that are no longer in existence.

Managed by London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), it provides free online access to over 250,000 images of London from the collections at LMA and Guildhall Art Gallery.  The whole of Greater London is covered, as are the adjoining counties, and the images provide an extraordinary record of London and its people from the fifteenth century to the present day. Some of the many highlights include photographs of Victorian London; the sixteenth century ‘Agas’ map of London; Hollar’s stunning panorama from 1647; beautifully designed twentieth century posters for London’s tramways; the Cross and Tibbs photographs of Second World War damage to the City of London and the collections formerly held at the Guildhall Print Room.

The site regularly adds new content from the LMA collections - they estimate that there are around 2 million photos, prints, drawings and maps in their strong rooms. So, if you can’t find what you’re looking, check back soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Somerset records on Ancestry

The latest trache of records to be uploaded to the Ancestry website include several sets from Somerset.  Digitised from original documents held by Somerset Archives & Local Studies in Taunton, the latest additions include five collections of baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records from across the county dating back to the 16th century.  Also added a tranche of local school registers spanning 1860-1914, alongside gaol records spanning 1807-1879.