The Records Department just might be your gold mine! Within these pages are the assorted records I have found or have been contributed to the ONS by other generous researchers and historians.
|Example Of The Sorts Of Records Held By The One Name Study|
These records are organized first by the type of document they are or represent. In some instances, there may only be a reference to where you can find a particular document – indices to wills are a good example of that. One day when I have unlimited time and resources, I may actually have copies of every will, but that day is a long way off. So, meanwhile, as an aid to someone who perhaps has a more pressing need or desire for a particular document, I have decided to include index entries.
But the vast majority of the records here are extractions from actual records or copies of the records themselves. Again, they are organized by type. So if you are looking for a birth, you would check the birth/christening section first and then move on from there.
Within each section, the records are further divided according to their place of origin.
Type of Record Country of Origin State/Region of Origin County/Region of Origin City/Township of Origin
An example would be:
Marriage Record United States of America Georgia Muscogee County Columbus
Exceptions are Military Records and Census Entries. Military Records are first divided by the war or conflict pertaining to the record and then by place as described above. Census entries are divided by country of origin and then by the year of the census and then by the smaller regions (states, counties, etc).
I am often asked how I maintain records here at the house, and the answer is "it depends". Items that should be archived or have special treatment (originals) are maintained one way, but I keep copies of everything in within a filing system that covers multiple filing cabinets. These are labeled and organized according to a unique alphanumeric system. This is something I started many years ago and have had no cause to change. Currently, items are being digitized (scanned and stored on a local hard drive and in the cloud).
Browsers on the website will notice these source labels as you wander the site. This is mostly an internal aid for me to keep up with what is published where. This label is part of an overly detailed, overly complicated "source database". But that database is the core of this study, so somehow I just keep adding details. Should you have a question regarding a particular record you find here on the site, please don't hesitate to contact me. It would be greatly appreciated if you would include the source code, if possible. It would look something like: LDR 063.