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 o f origin and then by the year of the census and then by the smaller regions (states, counties, etc).
All records held by me are organized by my personal system whereby records are identified by a six digit letter/number combination. This number will eventually appear on all the online records here, as well, but it is on every record here at the house. I am attempting to transfer this database from Microsoft Access to a more genealogy-friendly system called Clooz, which works in a similar way as to what I am already doing so hopefully wont be too much of hassle beyond the simple data entry aspect. Regardless, should you have a question regarding a particular record you find here on the site, please dont hesitate to contact me. It would be greatly appreciated if you would include the source code, if possible.
The source codes look something like LDR 063. This would indicate Land Record #063. These are kept in a file cabinet in numerical order.
The current abbreviations used in the database are as follows:
AMR American Revolutionary War Records (a carryover from earlier times, now merged with MIL)
BIB Bible Records
BIR Birth Records
BOK Books (a carryover from earlier times and now a rather generic division similar to MISC)
BUR Burial Records
CEN Census Records
CHR Christening Records
CHU Church Records
CRT Court Records
CWR Civil War Records (another carryover, now merged with MIL)
DTH Death Records excluding burial records
IGI The LDS churchs database
INF Information (another carryover generic category now merged with MISC)
LDR Land Records
LTR Letters, emails, etc
MAR Marriage Records
MIL Military Records
MISC Miscellany. The catch-all category
NEWS Newspapers (excluding obituaries)
PSL Passenger Lists
TAX Tax Records