The latest update to the local history internet sites guide was published in the November 2012 issue of the Local Historian [1]. This very useful guide, that updates previous issues and a booklet, covers local history and genealogical sites and resources. The booklet was reviewed in a previous blog.

While aimed at the local/amateur historian, the update is of use to the academic historian, listing such resources as the Cabot Roll 1496-1499, which provides links to high-resolution copies of the out-of-copyright publication, consisting of facsimiles, Latin transcriptions and English-language translations of the enrolled customs accounts for the port of Bristol. There is also the Middle English Compendium, offering easy access to three major Middle English resources.

Some sites have longer reviews, notably, Coal Mining Resource Centre which is especially strong on mining accidents and those who died in them; North-East Diary 1939-1945 is a labour of love, listing day-by-day wartime activities. A quick search found for Friday 12th July 1940, “Many IBs [incendiary bombs] dropped in region of Bridgehill near Consett. A cow was killed, a house was slightly damaged by fire”. Also reviewed is the Gaelic /English website containing over, 30,000 oral recordings from the 1930s onwards, Tobar an Dualchais. 

Thanks and congratulations to the compiler of these excellent updates, Jacquelené Fillmore for her dedication and patience.

[1] Local Historian, 2012, 42:4, p. 328-336