Bedfordshire Archives Newsletter Autumn 2020

Bedfordshire Archive and Records Service has published their Autumn 2020 Newsletter.

  Download a copy here. Articles in the Newsletter include:

Community Histories Relaunch!   On the 24th October we’ll be relaunching our Community Archives as Community Histories. As a team we felt that Community Archives didn’t reflect the fantastic resource it had become and the many contributions made to its pages by volunteers and staff members.

Our Volunteer Holly Coulson shares her review of the community histories pages below.

Compiling a Community History Page   Here we discuss some of the sources encountered when researching for a Community History. You can read more about Charles Cartwright’s story on the Millbrook Community History page

By Helen Bates, Archivist

Conservation Corner   Often containing the details of court sessions, births, marriages , deaths, and local events historical local newspapers are an invaluable resource for researchers, especially when archive material may be lacking. Bedfordshire Archive has a good collection dating from 1751, both original newspapers and microfilmed copies.

By Alison Faden, Conservator

Bedfordshire Poor Law Union Records on Ancestry   146,926 new images have been added to Ancestry. You can discover the details of individuals who received aid from the Bedfordshire Poor Law Unions from about 1835-1916. Details vary, but can include an individual’s name, date of admission, parish, reason discharged, occupation, gender, marital status, religion, birth date, age, address, disease, name and address of person liable for maintenance. The images are not fully indexed but we are promised that indexes will follow soon.

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