Nottinghamshire's People: Ancestral Stories from the Archives
Posted by Peter Lester at 12/06/2013 10:38:34
Exhibition by Nottinghamshire Archives and Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham
Tracing our ancestors has proved a fascinating challenge for generations. Some researchers have sought evidence to establish a claim to a title, but increasing numbers pursue family history as a hobby, and want to know more about the lives and times of their forebears. Whether they were humble agricultural labourers, local dignitaries or incorrigible criminals, they all have a story to tell.
This exhibition celebrates the lives of Nottinghamshire's people and communities. It tells about very different experiences. George Africanus was a former slave who came to Nottingham and became its first black entrepreneur. Robert Weatherall, by contrast, was a local boy from an agricultural family who went on to study at Christ's College, Cambridge.
Family historians today can draw on rich internet resources, but 'Nottinghamshire's People' showcases the original documents that provide the evidence for ancestral research. Through church records, private papers, maps, wills and many other sources, it uncovers a rich world that lies beyond the indexes of census and birth, marriage and death records.
Visitors can see the historic Guild Roll of St Mary, Nottingham, dated 1371, on view for the first time since its purchase in 2006. The roll identifies the men and women who joined the guild that provided help in times of sickness and unemployment.
Venue: Weston Galley, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
Make History Happen! Youth Heritage Conference
Posted by Peter Lester at 12/06/2013 10:27:18
Join us at this conference with a difference! If you are between 16 and 21 years old and interested in heritage, come along to this unique event. It aims to bring together young people involved in archives, archaeology, arts, heritage, libraries, museums, community activities and lots more...
The conference will take place on Wednesday 17 July between 10am and 4.30pm at The Galleries of Justice Museum, Lace Market, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN: www.galleriesofjustice.org.uk. Download the programme [pdf / 10KB].
The conference has been organised by Nottinghamshire Archives in partnership with the Galleries of Justice and Nottinghamshire Local History Association.
Election to the Archives Users Group
Posted by Peter Lester at 23/05/2013 08:49:48
Notice is given of the election of a public representative to the Nottinghamshire Archives Users Group.
Nomination for two individual seats
1. Nominations are invited from regular users of the Archives to stand for election for two seats on the Users' Group, one to serve for three years and the other for two years.
2. The User Group's objectives are outlined on the poster displayed in the Archives Seach Room and online. It meets twice a year at the Archives.
3. The Group is made up of representatives of seven interested county-wide bodies, three senior staff of the Archives, an Archives Assistant and three individual members. One of the existing individual members is due to retire this year but is eligible for re-election; and we are also carrying a vacancy.
4. Nominations must be made on the Nottinghamshire Archives User Group Nomination form [pdf / 6KB]. Nominees, proposers and seconders must all be holders of a Reader's Ticket from Nottinghamshire Archives.
5. Completed Nomination Forms must be delivered to the Team Manager Archives and Local Studies at the Archives by 4pm on Friday 14 June 2013.
6. In the event of there being more than two nominations a paper ballot will be held amongst the daily visitors during the week of 25 - 29 June 2013. Candidates will be invited to provide a short personal statement for the information of voters.
Explore more at Archives in our summer events programme
Posted by Peter Lester at 03/05/2013 16:42:16
Looking for something to do? Interested in local history and heritage? Want to know more about tracing your family history?
Then why not come along to one of Archives' events taking place this summer.
Our popular Wednesday Workshops focus on different records available at the Archives and which are really useful to family and local historians. This season we'll be looking at:
- Landed families and estates (15 May)
- Records of royalty (19 June)
- Apprenticeship (17 July)
- Hospitals and asylums (21 August)
Our Archive Skills Workshops give advice and hints and tips on how to use archives. In July and August we'll be looking at how to read old English and Latin handwriting in parish registers, and working out old-fashioned dates.
On 9 July Howard Heeley of Newark Air Museum will be speaking on RAF Ancestral Research and will illustrate the ancestral research principles involved in tracing wartime RAF service careers.
For details on times and prices, and how to book, please visit our events page.
Search your ancestry online
Posted by Alexa Rees at 15/01/2013 10:44:37
Did you know that the following databases are all available on the Ancestry website?
* London parish registers, 1538 - 1980
* West Yorkshire parish registers, 1512 - 1985
* Warwickshire parish registers, 1535 - 1910
* Lancashire parish registers, 1538 - 1986
* Dorset parish registers, 1538 - 2001
* Liverpool parish registers, 1659 - 1974 (including Catholic and Quaker)
* London Poor Law records, 1430 - 1973
* Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Sessions records, 1662 - 1866
* Nottingham Date Book, 1884
* North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters, 1885
* Annals of Nottinghamshire Vols 1-4 by Thomas Bailey, 1853
You can explore records on Ancestry for free at Nottinghamshire Archives and any county library. Find out more about visiting archives.
Nottinghamshire Archives Research Service can search Ancestry on your behalf. Find out more about our research service.
Having trouble researching your family?
Posted by Archives at 17/08/2012 10:32:25
Have you hit a brick wall with your family history or other research? Don't know which way to turn? Nottinghamshire Archives' Research Service may be able to help.
Searches can be carried out for family, local and house history for a fee in most sources held at the Archives, including parish registers, census returns, wills and other records.
Even if your family was not Nottinghamshire based, we are able to undertake internet research for family history nationally. We have access to a wide variety of resources available on the Ancestry web site including census returns, London parish registers and the vastly improved General Register Office Indexes.
Find out more on our Research Service page.
Do you own any collections of archives?
Posted by Archives at 14/08/2012 12:16:25
Did you know that Nottinghamshire Archives provides a range of services to any owners of archives? Whether you are a private individual with a collection of family papers or the representative of a large organisation or business with an extensive accumulation of records, we may be able to help.
Services offered include:
· On site surveys of collections
· Advice on preservation and storage
and if deposited or donated to Nottinghamshire Archives:
· Storage in secure and environmentally controlled strong rooms, built to British Standards (PD 5454) and approved by The National Archives
· Conservation of fragile and damaged documents
· A catalogue of the collection which will be made available to the public on the internet
· Facilities for supervised public access, although some archives can be closed for reasons of confidentiality
· Special events for owners of archives
· Assistance with exhibitions and displays.
Find out more on our Services for Owners of Archives page.
New Collections available
Posted by Archives at 10/08/2012 08:28:57
New catalogues are now available on Nottinghamshire Archives’ online catalogue at http://nawcat.nottinghamshire.gov.uk. These include:
- Financial ledger of R Cripps and Co Ltd of Nottingham, bicycle manufacturer, 1909 - 1933 (DD/2679)
- Employee papers for John Player and Sons Ltd, 1970s - 1981 (DD/2680)
- Accounts of Charles A Brunning, seedsman of Newark, 1899 - 1909; and John Harvey, 1878 - 1903 (DD/2685)
Prisons and Houses of Correction in the Midlands printed booklet, 1769 (DD/2690)
- Records of the Friends of Nottingham Museums, 1976 - 2000 (restricted access) (DD/2692)
- Ledger for the Boulevard Cinema in Hyson Green, 1949 - 1961 (DD/2694)
- Records of the John Henry Blake's Charity, Mansfield, 1909, 2009 (DD/2695)
- Lace sample books of Thomas Adams Ltd of Nottingham, late 19th - early 20th centuries (DP/100/1-2)
Nottingham Scattered Homes children's creed and history register, 1941 - 1949 (restricted access) (CA/SS/3/5)
- Nottinghamshire County Council adoption application registers, 1930 - 1986 (restricted access) (CC/SS/16/1-3)
- Property book and terrier for Everton parish council, 1905 - 1992 (PAC/107/9)
King's Mill Hospital Education Base school admission registers, 1999 - 2010 (restricted access) (S/A163/14/16-19)
Bassetlaw Hospital Education Base school admission registers, 1996 - 2010 (restricted access) (S/A196/19/10-14)
Full lists of collections recently catalogued by Nottinghamshire Archives are available on our New Accessions page.