An introductory post from us today, to say ‘hello’ and provide some details about our involvement in this project and some of the archives you can access in our collections.
We are very pleased to be working with the Norfolk Library and Information Service on this project, and you’ll be seeing posts either directly from us, or from others using some of our 12.5 million or so archives over the next weeks and months.
Our posts may be related to a particular record, or on other occasions, about events that we are running that we think may be of interest to you – for example, military ancestor workshops, family history resources, opportunities for schools and community groups, exhibitions and study groups.
Norfolk Record Office can be found in several locations, the largest being Norfolk Record Office: The Archive Centre, on Martineau Lane, Norwich. Many of our resources are also available at Norfolk Record Office: Norfolk Heritage Centre, inside the Millennium Library, where two NRO staff are based, and further archival sources at Norfolk Record Office: King’s Lynn Borough Archive. We’re also online at http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk and you can interact with us on twitter (@NorfolkRO) and Facebook (/NorfolkRecordOffice). We also have an events list, and online booking available, at norfolkrecordoffice.eventbrite.co.uk
As a starter for ten, you may be interested to know that Norfolk Record Office provides access to the following resources for your First World War investigations:
– Ancestry Library Edition and various online newspaper subscriptions, including the British Newspaper Archive (also accessible from libraries)
– Access to millions of pieces of original archive material – from wartime school logbooks to the scrapbooks of Hilda Zigomala (whose husband and son were off fighting), from Norwich Corporation minutes to diagrams predicting the next Zeppelin raids, from Consistory Court papers relating to the erection of church memorials after the war to business records, and from Conscientious Objector papers to letters and postcards home from the front.
– An unparalleled collection of local genealogical records helping you trace those who fought, and those on the home front
– Expertise from archivists, research assistants and archive specialists
– A remote research and copying service for those unable to visit us
– Regular events, and later this year, a First World War exhibition and series of lectures: watch this space!
We’d love to know what you would like us to post here, so please comment below if there is a particular topic you’d like us to cover. Hope to see you in one of our searchrooms soon!