Online family history archive made available

A NEW online shop is making hundreds of historic maps, photographs, postcards and publications available to North Yorkshire family history-hunters.

The website has been set up by North Yorkshire County Council following the rising popularity of local and family history, due to TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are and Restoration Man, and e-shop customers will be able to buy research packages to help them investigate their family tree, their community and the history of their house.

They allow residents to buy a specified amount of research time by archive staff, with the North Yorkshire County Record Office having documents dating back more than 800 years.

Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for the archive service, said: “This is a great way to own a piece of North Yorkshire’s history. By launching this site, we’re bringing family and local history to thousands more people. It’s a really exciting project, making our amazing collections and specialist services much more accessible to everybody, wherever they are in the world.”

The website is at archiveshop.northyorks.gov.uk and the record office now has a twitter account at @nyccarchives

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9:06am Wed 18 Sep 13

myselby says...

Not a lot if anything from Selby , but not surprising as most of Selby’s past is stored in West Yorkshire Archive. However, what rip of prices £6 for a copy of a photo and up to £ 40 for a photocopy of a map. Not exactly ‘available’
Not a lot if anything from Selby , but not surprising as most of Selby’s past is stored in West Yorkshire Archive. However, what rip of prices £6 for a copy of a photo and up to £ 40 for a photocopy of a map. Not exactly ‘available’ myselby

11:26am Wed 18 Sep 13

anti-rant says...

York Libraries have an excellent research facility in their archives department - also available on any of their computers at any branch. If it is not a complicated search, like a name and a date, they will even do it for you at the main library. All this for free (and it doesn't only include York).
York Libraries have an excellent research facility in their archives department - also available on any of their computers at any branch. If it is not a complicated search, like a name and a date, they will even do it for you at the main library. All this for free (and it doesn't only include York). anti-rant

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