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researching at records offices, libraries etc

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Anne Report 24 Aug 2005 07:34

I take a magnifying glass with me - often useful for the very bad print

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 27 Jul 2005 07:34

As many places are air conditioned, it might feel quite chilly if you go in summer clothes. A long sleeved top can be useful. If you are able to go at an unpopular time there are less queues for collecting fiche etc. Winchester for example is open until 7pm but is much less crowded after 5pm.


Angela Report 6 Jul 2005 14:56

Take heaps of paper to write on, as you may find a lot more information than you had bargained for!! Also, get there as soon as the place opens. It is surprising how quickly the time passes and you want to be able to make the best possible use of your visit. Oh, and don't forget your specs if you wear them. Microfilms and fiches can be very difficult and tiring to read!!!


Unknown Report 29 Jun 2005 22:28

Always look on the records office/archive etc website before you go. Some places are not open all the time, or may be closed for refurbishment. They may not have the information you want, or cover the area/period you are after. Take a bottle of water and some food for breaks. Most places either have no catering facilities, or just drinks/choc bar machines. London met Archives does provide free water though, from a vending machine. nell

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Jun 2005 10:26

Alan - that is ***excellent*** advice, and the sort of thing that is needed on this thread!! Seriously. :-) Joy

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Jun 2005 09:54

Always prepare well before you go. Make lists of whom you are seeking, but try not to look for too many. It is as well to telephone the records office to ascertain their resources. Records offices require ID, and you have to use pencil there. At the Family Records Centre in London, biro is allowed. I shall think of more later.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Jun 2005 09:54

The end of the title seems to have disappeared - but it was something like LDS Centres and Family Records Centre .... please add