Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Genealogy Libraries - 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week 8 – Genealogy Libraries: Genealogy libraries (and dedicated departments in regular libraries) are true treasures in the family history community.  Tell us about your favourite genealogy library. What or who makes it special?

Well you probably know what I’m going to say already but yes, the QFHS library at Gaythorne is my favourite Genealogy library.

And yes, my experience is very narrow, I realise. 

I wish I could astound you with facts and figures about the collection but they are not at my fingertips.

Suffice it to say, that I find it pretty hard to beat.

You can find the library here.

Amongst thousands of records, researchers also have access to:

  • Ancestry (Library Edition)

  • Emerald Ancestors

  • FindMyPast – Australasia

  • FindMyPast – UK

  • FindMyPast – Ireland

  • The Genealogist

  • World Vital Records

  • You can search the catalogue here.

    The LDS Film Service is available here too.  Don't forget that you can order books etc from the LDS catalogue if they have been microfilmed.  Search the LDS Catalogue here....

    There is a Cemetery Room, a Map Room, a Computer Room and a nice big tea and meeting room.
    The noise of the trains going past the back door can be a bit of a surprise if you are not used to it but that just means it's close to public transport doesn't it? :)

    And it can get very hot in summer, if you aren’t sitting in the air-conditioned computer room.

    But they are just about the only drawbacks.

    The wonderful members, hard-working management committee and library-assistants make up for that ten-fold.   

    As do the extensive resources.  I am particularly fond of the journal collection and the books.

    To find out what's on click here.

    Check out these photos of when the library re-opened after relocating to Gaythorne from Albion nearly seven years ago.  What a happy bunch we are!

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