Thursday, 24 April 2008

BHRS expands

The Bedfordshire Historical Record Society is going through an exciting time of development. In addition to the annual volume, which has been the centre of the Society’s activities for many years, the Society is currently -

· planning a major new database to update the Bedfordshire Bibliography,
· discussing digitisation with British History Online,
· planning to reprint articles from the Bedfordshire Magazine, and
· discussing participation in the national Hearth Tax transcription project with the project management at the University of Roehampton.

They are all exciting projects that will provide access to sources for the history of Bedfordshire to a wider audience through the internet. They also present many opportunities for participation by BHRS members and non-members.

If you are interested in being part of this expansion or contributing to its annual volume, why not contact BHRS - - and volunteer? The Society is looking particularly for people with IT, admin., fundraising, research, bibliographical and transcription skills – and a little time. And you don’t have to live in Bedfordshire to take part.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Who Do You Think You Are - LIVE

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society has a stand at WDYTYA for the two days, Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 May.

We shall be selling recent BHRS volumes and a few of the older ones, all at competitive prices.

Of particular use to family historians is How Bedfordshire Voted, volume 1 edited by James Collett-White. It contains 8,500 names of people who voted in the Parliamentary elections for representatives for the borough of Bedford and county of Bedfordshire in the period 1685-1715. The poll books transcribed in this volume were not printed at the time, so the information is a new published source for people researching Bedfordshire's history. Introductions to each election put it in a local and national context. The second volume will be published in August this year taking coverage to 1734 and revealing the voting history of the county for a 50 year period. The two volumes contain nearly 20,000 names.

Amongst the older volumes on sale will be the four Church volumes - Bedfordshire Churches in the Nineteenth Century, by Chris Pickford, BHRS vols 73, 77, 79 and 80. They are a mine of authoritative information about the design, architecture, artefacts and administration of Church of England churches including the many mission churches and rooms built in the 19th century to provide for the increase in population in such places as Luton.