There are a great many books available giving details of how to go about researching local history – take a look at your local library
If you are just beginning to take an interest in local history – or even just tracing the history of your house – this Foldout gives a few basic tips to get you started
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Don't choose too large a subject, and don't be too vague or ill-defined as this could waste a lot of time – the subject will broaden by itself
Take a look at your local library
Look in the local history section of your bookshop – Just Books and Fred Wade's Bookshop are worth visiting
When you search, look for topics around your subject. For example, if you are studying a particular church, look for information on
Make a note of past owners and follow up their lives and their interest in the property
Make a note of past vicars and follow up their lives
.. and please, don't expect me or anyone else to do the work for you ... unless you are prepared to pay a lot of money.
Note especially that – even thought I wish that I had the time to do so – I am unable to conduct research, to pop into Halifax Reference Library, or to photocopy some local resource, on behalf of readers.
When you do seek help from anyone, remember
Oh yes, I knew that already
You might like to take a look at my Hints on researching family history and the entries for
Archiving your material Borthwick Institute for Archives Conservation of documents John Crabtree GENUKI Lesley Goldthorp Samuel Greenwood Hellowell The Heritage Business Historical Directories Images of England website Local Newspapers & Events Index [1830s-1950s] National Heritage List for England (NHLE)
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