Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Cambridgeshire (U.K.) Family History Resources

Do you like free genealogy resources? Even better if the free resources are provided by someone with hands-on experience with old records? The article on p.12 in the September 2016 of the Who Do You Think You Are magazine caught my eye.

Image from Mike Petty's
Internet Archive page
Mike Petty, MBE, is a retired librarian of the Cambridge Central Library (for 30 years) who has shared three catalogues of material from the Cambridgeshire Collection. Mike uploaded this material to Internet Archive where it is free for anyone to access and discover treasures about their Cambridgeshire ancestors.

The three catalogues include: A Cambridgeshire Bibliography (books, pamphlets, articles and periodicals in the Cambridgeshire Collection); Cambridgeshire Illustrations and a compliation of Local History Articles he wrote for the Cambridge Evening News and Cambridge Weekly News between 1984 and 2014.

Some of the collections on his website include: Cambridgeshire Collection in Lion Yard LibraryCatalogues and Indexes; Engravers; Illustrations; Newspapers; Photographers; Streets and Houses; Village Studies

Mike has also indexed Great War stories from the Ely Standard and provides them for free on his website.

Although I confess to know little about Cambridgeshire, the fact that someone who used to work in a local studies library is concerned that years and years of knowledge might be lost forever to then provide those resources for free is astounding. What great passion and foresight to save and share his research and efforts in such a public place, but also with an organisation that is entrusted with the long term care of such precious data. Perhaps this is the way forward for other libraries, librarians, family history researchers?

Well done, Mike!

Mike Petty email: mikepetty13a@gmail.com


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