Digital Search for Family History
University of Leicester has launched a new Internet site that will help people
to trace their family tree.
by Ralph Brown from the University of Leicester Library and Michelle Heap from
the University of Leicester’s Computer Centre, the Digital Library of
Historical Directories is available at the URL
of counties and towns are among the most important sources for local and
genealogical studies. They include lists of names, addresses and occupations of
the inhabitants of counties and towns and also provide a wealth of detailed
historical and topographical information, with successive editions reflecting
changes in the localities over a period of time.
Historical Directories website features a fast and powerful search engine.
Family surnames, occupations, addresses and other key words or phrases can be
located easily and quickly to their exact places on pages within the digitised
is also a part of a number of major national initiatives through the National
Grid for Learning and the new People's Network/UK Online centres in local public
Brown said: “This online national collection is bringing together a
greater number and range of directories than any one library could provide. By
October 2004, 500 books will be available on line from the University of
Leicester Library’s English Local History collection and also from other
important regional collections.
who will benefit from these historical sources include not only academic local,
economic and social historians, but also school students, amateur genealogists
and members of the public.”
project has been funded with the support of a £335,000 grant from the New
Opportunities Fund (NOF), a National Lottery good cause distributor, through the
Fund’s NOF-digitise programme, helping to put resources that support lifelong
learning into digitised form. The NOF-digitise grant awardees are developing
learning materials covering a wide range of topics including arts, science,
history, geography, citizenship and community information for Internet access.
TO NEWSDESK: For more
information, please contact Ralph Brown 0116 252 5204, firstname.lastname@example.org
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