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Offline jillruss

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Re: FindMyPast Wiltshire wills index added today
« Reply #9 on: Monday 10 July 17 21:25 BST (UK) »
Interesting comments, Smudwhisk and Newburychap (though I would point out that Newbury's second quote attributed to me was infact Smudwhisk's).

I appreciate that the Archivist has to carry on with the 'day job' in the face of central government cuts to local government funding. Been there, done that. Wouldn't that be a positive reason to consider being paid by FindMyPast or Ancestry to allow the records to be digitised? I must admit, though, that I had no idea that FindMyPast expected the records to be digitised by the archives staff or volunteers. I presume that would mean they would pay more for the privilege, or am I being naive?

 I think I'm right that Berks FHS have only recently updated their burials CD - not their baptisms or marriages, all of which I believe are already available in transcription form on FindMyPast. So, I wonder what FindMyPast will be presenting to us this summer, if not any digitised PRs?

The fact that Berkshire is a small county shouldn't matter but I suppose money talks, as ever. Just a shame for all of us with main branches in the county but living nowhere near.
BRICKWALL - WILLIAM HORWOOD bn c.1779 in or near Berks. N.B. NOT s/o William & Joanna in Waltham St Lawrence.

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Re: FindMyPast Wiltshire wills index added today
« Reply #10 on: Monday 10 July 17 21:51 BST (UK) »
There is no way the archivist is going to go out of his way to get the records online - he is too busy coping with cuts on cuts, laying off staff, and still trying to get the day job done.

Quite possibly but from what I've seen the Records Offices/Archives have issued "tenders" for the digitisation to attract interest, something that with public sector rules would need to be done, or made approaches themselves.  If he is indeed waiting for someone to approach them, than we will most likely be waiting a long time if ever.  In any case, it wouldn't be the Archivist that would do this, but more likely someone else with the council responsible for this however I would imagine it would need to be started internally by the Archivist.

I think I'm right that Berks FHS have only recently updated their burials CD - not their baptisms or marriages, all of which I believe are already available in transcription form on FindMyPast. So, I wonder what FindMyPast will be presenting to us this summer, if not any digitised PRs?

As has been discussed on other threads on RC, I think you'll find it will be more of the same from the FHS but only time will tell.
MDX - Pauley, Briggs, Garret, Dyson
KENT - Lingwell, Rayment
BUCKS - Read, Hutchins
SRY - Costin, Westbrook
DOR - Gibbs, Goreing
DUR - Green
ESX - Rudland, Malden, Rouse, Boosey
FIFE - Foulis, Russell
NFK - Johnson, Farthing, Purdy, Barsham
GLOS - Collett, Morris, Freebury, May, Kirkman
HERTS - Winchester, Linford
NORTHANTS - Bird, Brimley, Chater, Wilford, Read, Chapman, Jeys, Marston, Lumley
WILTS - Arden, Whatley, Archer, Gleed
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RUT - Stafford
BERKS - Sansom, Angel, Young

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Re: FindMyPast Wiltshire wills index added today
« Reply #11 on: Monday 10 July 17 22:49 BST (UK) »
Interesting comments, Smudwhisk and Newburychap (though I would point out that Newbury's second quote attributed to me was infact Smudwhisk's).

Sorry Jill & Smudwisk - I obviously messed up on the quotes!
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Re: FindMyPast Wiltshire wills index added today
« Reply #12 on: Monday 10 July 17 23:17 BST (UK) »
small county, small returns

Not that small, since it includes the parishes that were taken away in 1974.  (The grey portions of the map)

UK census content is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk  Transcriptions are my own.