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 Post subject: Staffordshire
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:06 am 
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http://www.sutherlandcollection.org.uk/ ... efault.asp
The Sutherland Papers are the massive archive created by the Leveson-Gower family, Marquesses of Stafford and Dukes of Sutherland. It is the single most important archive collection relating to past life in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. However, because of the wealth and activities of the family, the collection is not just important locally and regionally but also nationally and internationally.
The collection contains hundreds of thousands of documents, volumes and maps created and preserved over 10 centuries. It was purchased by the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service in 2006 with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a wide range of organisations, grant-awarding bodies, businesses, local societies, and very many private donors.

This is a relatively new online index.
I went to Stafford archives yesterday to view this and had an absolutely thrilling afternoon. I viewed the actual savings books of some of my ancestors!! I also viewed what were described as 'Cottage Reports'. These were lists of tenants giving useful info about them including how many in the family and the ages of the children, also if there were lodgers and what their occupation was. It also gave details of 'Habits'. This was a description of the kind of person the tenant was in the opinion of the writer. Some of the comments were quite brutal. One of my lot was 'wretched' whereas another was 'middling'. There was also a description of the state of the property and if any repairs were required and who would do them (tenant or otherwise). Really fascinating stuff.
I also viewed wages books from a couple of local collieries though these did not give much other than a name and the days/weeks employed at that particularly colliery. It did not actually state the amount of the wages.

If any of our regular forum members should find something of interest in this index, I am prepared to go and look and obtain images of the item of interest. Bear in mind though that this will probably be after Christmas as they are shut for electrical works for a week in December and I have Christmas shopping to do.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:23 pm 
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You lucky thing, bet it was enthralling, dont know how you tore yourself away. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Staffordshire
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:41 pm 
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Mother-in-law was with me and she needed to get back to cook tea :?

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Tea, never mind tea, that's boring. :roll: You can do tea anytime.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:46 pm 
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Mel,

that's a very interesting item - and a very kind offer. I'll have a good look at the on-line index and see if I can't take advantage! I have ancestors in the Brownhills, Cheadle and Handsworth areas: there must be something there for me.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:40 am 
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Please do, it's one of those resources that arrives at the reading table as a bundle of documents. It turned out that I had documents relevant to mother-in-law in my bundles and vice versa. I can't tell you how interesting this collection is. Unfortunately I know I will not have time to go again for at least two weeks. I don't know what the rest of December holds for me but I will do my best to do something somewhere.
p.s. I still have to go to Cheadle. New shoes are needed and thats a Cheadle trip so I will take the camera with me and try to pick a semi-decent day - not too sunny but not wet!!

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http://www.staffsnameindexes.org.uk/StartPage.aspx?

Staffordshire Name Indexes

The website allows free access to the indexes listed below :

Calendars of Prisoners at Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1779-1880
Staffordshire Police Force Registers Index, 1842-1920
Diocese of Lichfield Wills, 1650-1700
Staffordshire Apprentices, 1600-1900

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Mel,

many thanks for posting this information. I'm absolutely delighted to have found my great-grandfather in the Police index, and shall be sending off for a copy of his service record.

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Wish I had been so lucky. I found a name that is in my tree in one of the collections but without reading reading the report, cannot be certain if it is one of mine or not.
Will delve deeper in my tree before ordering.

Glad it was of use though :D

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http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure ... efault.htm

From Time 2 Time
The twice yearly newsletter of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service.

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