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Chad Hanna

Over 500 items have been added to the library shelves in the Research Centre since it opened in May. Some have been bought by the Society, mainly at the Federation Conference in April, May's Family History Fair in London and a visit we made to the York Family History Fair in June. However, many kind members have made donations, some anonymously. We are particularly grateful to Mr and Mrs Millichamp, and the widow of Arthur Meen. We maintain a record of all donations and bookplates usually indicate the generosity of members, so new books continue to be very welcome.

Our trip to the York Fair also serves to emphasize that the library attempts to cover the whole of Britain, as well as containing many items from overseas. We were able to fill in many of the gaps in our collection of indexes of the Yorkshire 1851 Census, particularly in the Huddersfield and Wakefield areas. The coverage of Lancashire (especially Liverpool), County Durham, Northumberland, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Suffolk and Jersey has also been improved.

The Millichamp donation made important additions to our collection of directories. We can now boast a comprehensive collection of both Who was Who, and Who's Who as well as other biographical dictionaries. Another growth area has been school registers, including those for Clifton, Aldenham, Bradfield, Fettes, Denstone, Repton, Sedburgh, Rugby, Leys, Keble, Highgate, Harrow, Haileybury, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Radley, Newcastle Royal Grammar School and Marlborough. If you don't find your ancestors there you may have better luck with the Wiltshire Quarter Sessions and Assizes for 1736 - another purchase at the Family History Fair.

There have been only 26 additions to the library that are specific to Berkshire, a lower proportion than usual. Notable additions include: The Story of Wesleyan Methodism in Sandhurst, Berkshire Machine Breakers, The Second book of Wargrave and the 1891 Census Returns for parts of St Lawrence and St Giles parishes in Reading, together with Arborfield Cross (part), Broad Hinton, Earley, Hare Hatch, Hurst, Kiln Green, King Street, Knowle Hill (part), Ruscombe, Twyford, Merry Hill Green, Newland, Sandford, Sindlesham, Sonning, Wargrave, Whistley, Whistley Green,Winnersh and Woodley.

Unfortunately, duplications do occur. Often a new edition supersedes an earlier edition, while some areas are more comprehensively covered in another book. We have now built up a stock of these, and after offering them to the various branch libraries, they will be made available for sale to our members.

I'm very pleased with the progress our group of computers has made. With the help of Roger Finbow, we have been able to link the computers to allow them to share the laser printer, and more importantly, a central disk drive containing the information from the 1881 census index, as well as both the British and North American Vital Listings - nearly 40 CD-ROMs in all. The 1881 index is now much easier to use as there is no need to swap CDs. An excellent reason for visiting the Research Centre.


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