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From: "La Greenall" <>
Subject: RE: [Ess] Manorial documents
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 15:17:28 -0000
Manorial records are probably not so easy to access except by actually
visiting county record offices in person. The only 'remote' method I can
think of regarding Essex in particular, is that at Essex RO the records
are available onsite in the form of 35mm microfilm (or the ones for my
areas of interest are at any rate), and I would certainly think it worth
asking them if you could purchase a copy of the microfilm(s). Their
online catalogue will tell you whether the ones you are after are on
microfilm, fiche, or not filmed at all - indeed, there is no guarantee
that all court rolls have been filmed, of course! Occasionally I've been
given the original old rolls of vellum to wrestle with!
But then of course, you would need a film reader to be able to see the
images, unless you have good access to a local library or other such
place which has one - then all you need to do is be able to convince
them when you leave that the film you're taking with you isn't one of
I have tried scanning 35mm microfilm - I bought a couple of films of the
first few years of our old local newspaper from the BL Newspaper Lib a
while back - but my scanner's a bit old and not one of those new-fangled
jobbies that can scan slides etc., so the results were too poor to be
worthwhile. Another method might be to use a digital camera, if you have
one with a very good macro function. But with all these DIY approaches
you'll also have to make some sort of winding device which can wind and
unwind the roll of film onto a second empty film reel. Such a gadget
might also work with a fiche reader too, as a third idea.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Edwin and Cornelia Moore [mailto:]
> Sent: 07 December 2005 20:53
> Subject: Re: [Ess] Manorial documents
> how does an American access these? last time I checked, they
> weren't filmed
> by the Mormon church. I've stopped using the Mormon library
> as my experience
> here was not good at all. I now live across town from the only Mormon
> library in town, and it's rarely opened and badly managed. a rare
> experience, I know, as I've been to many excellent fhc's, but
> this town's
> fhc is a sad exception.
> I would be very interested in finding my Cross's in Essex,
> Suffolk and
> Devonshire manorial records, especially prior to 1750.
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