A rchivist ’s top tips
BEST WEBSITES TO AID YOUR RESEARCH
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