Summer in the city?
Summer can be a quieter time for libraries and archives but we have remained busy. I’m sure this is partly due to the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?
Now in its seventh season the series seems to be as popular as ever bringing visitors into the History Centre for the first time interested in researching their family history. More experienced family historians who have had their family history on the back-burner for a while have also returned.
The History Centre holds many resources to help trace your family tree whether your ancestors were from Coventry or further afield. We have a subscription to the library edition of the family history database Ancestry which holds a wealth of records for Coventry, the UK and rest of the world. Ancestry is free to use on our History Centre PCs – please give us a ring on 024 7683 4060 for more information.
Coventry Family History Week starts on the 16th August. 17 Family History taster sessions have been planned at libraries across the city and at the Register Office. The History Centre will host a Family History taster session on 17th August. The session will run from 10am to 12pm. Please give us a ring on 024 7683 4060 if you would like more information or book a place.
As well as helping visitors with their family history we have experienced a lot of interest in the photographs in our collection. Over 7000 images of Coventry and the local area can be viewed on our website Pictures of Coventry.
In addition to our own website we regularly use other websites to try and track down photographs of local people and places for enquirers. Here are some of our favourites:
Images of England: http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/
Windows on Warwickshire: http://www.windowsonwarwickshire.org.uk/
Earlsdon Online: http://www.earlsdon.org.uk/index.htm
We have also found the website Geograph really useful when we have been trying to identify photographs to add to our collection:
In the last few weeks we have received some interesting donations: the quantity surveyor’s records for the building of the Council House (1912-22) and an architectural student’s drawings of Holy Trinity bell tower which formerly stood in Priory Row and was demolished in 1967.