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Vicki Report 6 Apr 2011 16:53

Have read this thread as well which tells you exactly the sort of things you would want to know - am getting nervous thinking about tomorrow as it will be 1st time I've been to Stafford RO - they sound nice on the phone though & will give me an introductory tour and talk!!!! It's still scarey though...... guess we are all pretty much the same when doing something new for the first time.

Thanks to everyone,


Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 6 Apr 2011 18:46

Good luck Vicki.
I hope you find some useful information.
It's a bit like being a child in a sweet shop. You don't know what to go for first.
Time soon goes, but I hope it's an enjoyable visit.



Joy Report 21 Jun 2011 13:07

May be useful for Joe :)


LD Report 26 Jul 2011 13:42

I take a little gift to Archives offices when I go, it's amazing how much more helpful they are after !


Kim Report 29 Aug 2011 16:33

Fully agree with grannyfranny about using a notebook rather than loose sheets - much less likely to lose, can keep data in the correct sequence, etc. I try to buy page-to-a-day diaries once they've been reduced - plenty of pages for not too much money. THAT SAID, last time I was in the National Archives they don't want you to take more than 20 sheets of loose paper into the search room.




Kim Report 29 Aug 2011 16:52

And try to get a little booklet on deciphering old handwriting if you're going to look at at really old documents, filmed or original and see if you can practise on the images on (go to homepage, look for collections, click on Europe and scroll down until you get to one of the collections, such as Norfolk, which lets you look at the filmed parish registers.

Be sure of want you want to do before you go and make a "shopping list". Don't forget to take any background information you have with you. Check on familysearch to see if you can access some of what you need point in going to Norfolk (say) archives to look at images which are freely available on the internet, better use of time to concentrate on those parishes which have not been filmed/digitised.

Do take plenty of pencils, change for photocopying and proof of address, such as a utility bill, in case you need a CARN (archives network reader's ticket) and do not already have one. I understand that two passport photos may also be required now.

Try not to get too frustrated if the document you want to look at has been damaged by fire or flood and is illegible. Somebody's law states that every page will be perfectly legible...except the one you want!

Kim in Hull
Who's off to Cambs and Peterborough Archives next week


Joy Report 21 Jun 2018 20:50

Even though there is a lot of information and there are many records available online, records offices are still useful, whether visited personally or by email / post / telephone.