Some of the resources we used
Air Sciences Trust Museum
It was serendipity that the houses are on the flight path for Farnborough airport and there are quite a few aerial photographs that could be dug out -
some taken by the Germans in the 2nd World war!
Old Hampshire Gazatteer
There are many on-line maps available on this site but don't forget to look at your local town and county libraries.
Francis Frith photo library
Eastman on-line collections
of Congress (All available on-line - Roger Fenton's 263 Crimea Photos)
English Heritage Images of England
There several on-line photo libraries and these should be the first stop for you to investigate.
Census - 1841 / 51 / 61 / 71/ 81 /91 / 1901
Ancestry is the main site for census records, births marriages and deaths, telephone books. On the .com site you can get passenger liner records, USA records
and immigrant enties into the USA.
Birth, Deaths and Marriages
(Church of the Latter Day Saints)
http://www.ancestry.com (Paid site)
National Register of
http://www.ancestry24.co.za (South Africa)
Ship Passenger lists
http://www.genealogyworld.net (South Africa passenger lists)
Kensal Green Cemetery
The Brookwood Cemetery Society
Find a grave
(records of 19 million graves)
Kensal Green Cemetery (Where Sir Thomas McMahon is
buried according to his obituary)
The details obtained from census's can be used here to find relatives and birth and deaths of your house's occupants.
1901 census online (Possible to view by address!)
These are the resources to find out who lived in your house before you if the house pre-dates the 20th century.
Record Office's online archive catalogue
Durham Records Office
British Library manuscripts catalogue
UK Archives Network
Museum of English Rural Life
Ben Smyth / Kinglake Archive [Crimea war]
Lots of interesting documents can be found in your county records office - will, planning records, sales brochures etc.
Digital Archive 1785 – 1985
The Times 1985 - 2007 archive
Library newspaper archive
Note: This can be accessed through your local library if they have an account using a library ticket number. This is the Hampshire link)
The New York Times - select NYT archive
1851-1980 to search
http://newspaperarchive.com/ (Paid site)
London Gazette on-line
On-line historical directories
The Monthly Official Directory of the Aldershot Division (Sheldrake), 1870
The monthly official directory of the
Aldershot division (Sheldrake),
THE MONTHLY OFFICIAL DIRECTORY OF THE
ALDERSHOT DIVISION. ALDERSHOT (Sheldrake),
There is lot of really rare information available through the use of Google Books. Some books are fully viewable while others only snippets can be
seen. Either way Google opens up leads as no other other line data can.
Phone Books, 1880-1984
The use of the Ancestry / BT directory site is quite easy when searching for known names but if your are searching for occupants of an address you
will need to manually scan directories - this can take quite a lot of time and difficult after the 50s because of the size of the directories.
There are many directories that can be accessed to find out who lived in your house in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Many old ones can be found
The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
Oxford Dictionary of National
Biography (log in using Library card number)
Genes Reunited (Use to find living relatives)
A good resource for finding descendents of previous occupiers - maybe they still have photos!
Good for use if you want to track down and talk to a living relative of a previous occupant of your house. BT directory on-line is also useful!
Commonwealth War Grave Commission
Durham County Record Office
(Durham Light Infantry)
Crimea War Research Society
The South African Military History Society
(Photograph of General Sir Thomas Westropp McMahon)
UK National Inventory of War memorials
Very useful if there were World War deaths in the history of a previous occupant of your house.
Saint Michael's Abbey Press books
of a House: Farnborough Hill by Dorothy A. Mostyn
Jottings from a Farnborough Note Book: Memories of Victorian
Far, 1922 Jessie Challacombe
Come and Live Longer at Farnborough
Track down any appropriate books that have been written about your town as they
may contain relevant photos.
Jo Gosney's books
History of Knellwood
A Pictorial History: One Hundred Years Under the Flight Pat
- Farnborough (Britain in Old Photographs)
in Old Photographs: A Second Selection (Britain in Old Photographs)
Track down your local historian as they can guide you about any existing
information that may be relevant.
'The memoirs of Farnborough' by H. A. Bartlett, which is held in the Farnborough Library.
'Jotting from a Farnborough Notebook' by Jessie Challacombe, 1922 reissued 1980
Burke's 'Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899 - 1902 (1921)
||Farnborough Hill School
|I found much interesting material in the school library dating back to when the school was based in The Sycamores.
Farnborough Public Library (Newspapers, directories and books)
1894 to 1980s, Aldershot News on microfiche in Farnborough Public Library
Sheldrake's Aldershot & Sandhurst Military Gazette (Aldershot Public Library)
Back copies of Aldershot News - Farnborough Public Library
Rushmoor Council Archives (Planning records)
Hampshire Records Office (Winchester)
Although in this Internet age many resources are on line, there is much material hidden away in library or other resources and can't beat the thrill
of finding some new material in on a dusty shelf!
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