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Research tips


New video: how to search

July 22, 20201:41 pmLeave a Comment

We’re adding a series of videos on YouTube. First up, here’s one to help you use our website with tips on searching our online catalogue: We’d love to know what you think of this.

Research tips: maps

June 17, 202012:49 pmLeave a Comment

In this post we’ll introduced some maps that can help in local and house history research. You might be surprised to learn that many are online, so there is plenty to look at while the Archives remains closed. With maps, it is always best to begin with the most recent maps and work backwards so […]

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Research tips: house history

May 27, 20203:21 pmMay 27, 2020 3:22 pmLeave a Comment

If you’ve been enjoying David Olusoga’s House through time currently on BBC 2, you may be inspired to research your own house history. We’ve come up with a few top tips to get you started… Check your title deeds if you have them. These record the sale or transfer of property and give the full […]

Research tips: newspapers

May 15, 20203:27 pmLeave a Comment

We would love to hear how our researchers are getting on with their searches. You might like to let us have your findings, or alternatively we are also asking people if they would like to share their experiences of these strange times. Future researches may be very interested in how everyone coped and how it […]

Shropshire’s Historic Environment Record

May 6, 20209:08 amLeave a Comment

Stay safe: research archaeological sites and historic buildings at home with Shropshire’s Historic Environment Record Shropshire’s Historic Environment Record (HER) is a continuously developing database, compiling, indexing and making available information on the varied historic environment of Shropshire – it’s archaeological sites, finds and features, historic buildings, structures and landscapes. The HER is based within […]

Research tips – old handwriting

April 22, 202010:06 amLeave a Comment

If you have got back to the early 16th or 17th century in parish registers or other documents, you might find the unusual handwriting and letter forms known as ‘secretary hand’. Archivist Helen Haynes has often run courses on Palaeography – reading old handwriting – at Shropshire Archives. Here she gives her top ten tips: […]

Research tips – census returns

April 15, 202011:02 amFebruary 25, 2021 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

We hope that you have been able to continue with your family history research, even though the good weather has probably tempted you into your garden over the past few weeks.  We are still dealing with enquiries remotely, and it looks like plenty of people are using their time at home to look into both […]

Research tips – parish registers

April 1, 202012:01 pmApril 2, 2020 3:53 pmLeave a Comment

Hi to all our researchers and volunteers from all the archive staff who are now working from home – we hope that everyone is keeping safe and well in these uncertain times. Before we closed to the public, several of you mentioned that you have relatives who were planning to start looking into their family […]