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From: "Nancy Frey" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Westcountry Studies Library
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:41:46 -0500
If you have a subscription to Ancestry, they have recently uploaded parish register images for all
over the UK. I've been having a field day filling in all the gaps in my early family history.
These are mostly the registers that no-one wants to transcribe as some are in bad condition and many
are in Latin. But with the help of Photoshop and some online sites which give information on Latin
for genealogists, I've been able to patch up several of my families.
It is well worth joining Ancestry just for these images.
Newcastle, Ontario, CANADA
OPC for Ansford & Castle Cary, Somerset
Owner/Moderator of Yahoo! FULFORD_North Devon Group
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Fay Sampson" <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:48 PM
Subject: [DEV] Westcountry Studies Library
> I can see it makes sense to group the Westcountry Studies Library with the Devon Record Office in
> a single Heritage Centre. But I shall mourn the loss of this facility in the centre of of town. I
> make a weekly trip into Exeter. When I've finished my shopping and other business I take myself
> off to the Westcountry Studies Library to continue research on my family. Going out to Sowton
> involves a separate expedition. Fine if you want specific documents, but less good for a fishing
> expedition. I've used the DRO far less since it left the city centre.
> I hope that they use the opportunity to get an increasing number of documents online. And to
> provide more transcriptions/translations for those in Latin or antique handwriting. I've found
> invaluable material on A2A, in files where I would never have thought of looking. More power to
> the elbow of those archivists who have done such good work for us.
> Fay Sampson Priestley