Saturday, 7 August 2010

More British History Online

Since the start of August four new volumes have been added to the site, a "digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles"

The first two volumes of Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714, listing all known members of the University of Oxford, along with biographical details where known, and the relationships between members (such as fathers and sons and siblings). The later volumes can be found on the Internet Archive.

You might also want to check out the history of a community in your family history. In An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 11, by Francis Blomefield (1810). I found a history of the town of Great Yarmouth telling the sad tale of the town's many expensive attempts to establish a permenant harbour, frustrated six times by natural forces.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Residing in Canada, we only get glimpses of life in Britain when visiting. Our British History in school was limited, too. These detailed writings allow us to imagine much better the activities and lives of our "ordinary" ancestors. Thanks for passing them along. Anne S.