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Lizzy Baker: “The Borth­wick holds Church Court pa­pers (known as Cause Pa­pers) and Arch­bish­ops’ Reg­is­ters. Th­ese are a mine of undis­cov­ered in­for­ma­tion, and Cause Pa­pers (1300-1858) are avail­able as scanned, in­dexed im­ages free of charge. The Reg­is­ters are also be­ing digi­tised and will be­come avail­able dur­ing 2015. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at york.ac .uk/borth­wick.” East Rid­ing Ar­chives is part of a con­sor­tium of York­shire ar­chives work­ing with Find­my­past to digi­tise parish reg­is­ters, and the first tranche of East Rid­ing records are now avail­able. To see a York­shire-wide parish list, go to bit.ly/1bugYjp.

The East Rid­ing on­line cat­a­logue con­tains more than 350,000 en­tries and can be searched at eastrid­ing.gov.uk/ CalmView. You can then con­tact the Ar­chive Ser­vice to ask for a copy of a record or ar­range a trip to Bev­er­ley to use the ar­chives.

The Hull His­tory Cen­tre web­site found at ( hull­his­to­rycen­tre.org.uk) also in­cludes on­line cat­a­logues, many down­load­able as PDFs. Plus staff are cur­rently adding Civil De­fence records to the cat­a­logue.

There is also much ex­cel­lent lo­cal his­tory in­for­ma­tion on Paul Gib­son’s Hull and East York­shire His­tory site ( paul- gib­son.com).

In the mean­time, if you’re try­ing to dis­cover where par­tic­u­lar parish ma­te­rial is held, Genuki’s York­shire pages ( genuki.org.uk/big/eng/ YKS) are the best place to start. And there is also the use­ful Fam­i­lySearch wiki at fam­i­lysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/ York­shire. The Borth­wick In­sti­tute web­site ( york.ac.uk/ borth­wick) in­cludes the Cause Pa­pers data­base ( hri­on­line.ac.uk/causep­a­pers) in which you can ex­plore Church Court records be­tween 1300 and 1858. Th­ese courts in­ves­ti­gated all kinds of of­fences, from adul­tery to tithe dis­putes, and the web­site hosts more than 14,000 cause pa­pers. The Borth­wick also looks af­ter the vast ma­jor­ity of pro­bate records for York­shire be­fore Jan­uary 1858. Find out more via bit.ly/1FMpW8p.

Fi­nally, the Borth­wick In­sti­tute is work­ing with the Well­come Li­brary to digi­tise the Re­treat in York's ar­chive, an in­sti­tu­tion for the care and treat­ment of men­tal health pa­tients. Around 75,000 im­ages are now freely avail­able on­line via the Well­come Li­brary web­site ( bit.ly/1JnueSM). Ma­te­rial digi­tised so far in­cludes man­age­ment min­utes and pa­pers, an­nual re­ports, in­com­ing cor­re­spon­dence and vis­i­tor records – in­clud­ing the hos­pi­tal’s first vis­i­tors’ book (1798-1822).

Paul Gib­son's Hull and East York­shire His­tory site

The home­page of the Borth­wick In­sti­tute web­site

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