The e-newsletter of the Sussex Family History Group

New project suggestion

Can I suggest a Sussex FHG project? Re-photographing all the wills, inventories, etc in both Sussex record offices.

They must have been filmed with cameras that came out of Noah’s Ark!

We all know of the valuable information that can be contained in a will but it can be maddening to buy a copy that is so poor a quality as to be unreadable. The Sussex, and many other, record offices must have filmed their wills with cameras that came out of Noah’s Ark. And the films are now so scratched that the copies are covered in tramlines that invariably obliterate names of people and places.

My suggestion is that – with the co-operation of the Sussex record offices – volunteers would use good quality digital cameras, around 10mp, to re-photograph the wills. These could then be stored on computer and images downloaded with some charging arrangement between the SFHG and the record offices.

There will be those who will ask why I’m not doing this as it’s my idea. It’s a problem of distance, I live 150-200 miles away. However, my pal and I are doing a similar project at the Gwent CRO filming parish registers, etc. We can take between 500 and 1,000 images each per day. • Dave Woolven

Your library needs you!

Urgently needed are helpers for the library. In particular we need someone to take the lead positions of Librarian and Library Secretary. There will be members who can undertake these roles, they just need to step forward to increase their own enjoyment by helping others.

The SFHG Library can help you with your family history research. There is a huge amount of material (of Sussex, and beyond) and there is always someone to show you what is available. The Library is open on most Saturdays.

TNA trips

Two SFHG trips to The National Archives are planned for the summer.

 Crawley meeting centre’s visit is scheduled for Saturday 15 August, departing from the Hop Oast park & ride at Horsham, and picking-up at Crawley Railway Station. (£11.50)

 Then, on 12 September the Worthing meeting centre have another trip. This leaves from Durrington Leisure Centre and picks-up at the Horsham Hop Oast park & ride. (£11)

E-mails about these trips to will be forwarded to the respective organisers.

IHGS catalogue online

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies have recently launched an online catalogue to the collection of original documents held in their archives. The documents, which have been collected and donated over many years, include not only many deeds but also original letters, marriage settlements and other sources.

The institute hold their Open Day on Saturday 25 July. The Library will be open throughout the day for those wishing to undertake research and the staff will be on hand to help with enquiries. Please e-mail if you wish to attend. The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is at 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1BA.

British newspapers now online

The British Library in association with Gale, Cengage Learning are making 19th century newspapers available online. The site contains over two million fully text searchable pages from 49 London and provincial newspapers (1800-1900). Plus thousands of illustrations, maps, tables and photographs.

Amongst those available is the Brighton Patriot (1835-1839). Most require a subscription but one can view complete articles from the Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic free of charge.

British Newspapers is at

New genealogy club for Sussex

No, not here in our Sussex! The newly formed Sussex County Genealogy Club is based in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA.

They are currently organizing speakers and field trips to area historical societies and libraries. This month they have a round-table discussion where everyone has 15 minutes to discuss their current research ‘road block’.

From here in the UK we send greetings to the Sussex County Genealogy Club (NJ).