How to Research Local History, 2nd edition - Find out all by Pamela Brooks

By Pamela Brooks

CONTENTS: 1 creation 2 getting ready to investigate three discovering somebody four checking out a couple of development five checking out approximately an occasion 6 the place to discover what you are looking for 7 Maps eight road directories nine neighborhood newspaper records 10 Oral heritage eleven utilizing the net.

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For marriages in church, banns were called for three Sundays before the wedding in the church where the bride and groom were to be married, and if one of them lived in another parish the banns would also be called in the church of that parish. If the couple married by licence, the couple could marry on the same day as the licence was issued, or the day after. Licences were more expensive than banns. A special licence meant that the marriage could take place anywhere, but was rare because only the Archbishop of Canterbury or his officials could grant it.

Socially, too, there may have been reasons for not telling the truth: an illegitimate child may have been claimed as the grandparents’ youngest child rather than as a grandchild. Could errors be put right? What was the process of correcting errors? Ask yourself who used the document and why. For example, window tax assessments were used by government officials to collect taxes. Indentures were used by masters to set out the terms of an apprenticeship – but were also used by the government for taxation purposes.

LOOKING AT PRIMARY SOURCES These are the records that can help you trace someone’s life (or ownership/occupation of a building): ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Parish registers (baptisms, deaths, marriages) Quaker records Clandestine marriages Ships’ log books International Genealogical Index Boyd’s Marriage Index Wills and probate records Census records (census returns and enumerators’ books) Local census returns Electoral registers Taxation and rating records Apprentice records Business records Criminal and court records Poor relief/workhouse records School records Public health records Hospital records Manorial records.

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