Some Little-Known Legal Records…

Southampton, Hampshire, England:
__Scavage Street-Cleaning Taxes, Books and Rolls, 1575-1643 (FHL 1041875, item 2)
__Examinations and Depositions, 1570-1594 (FHL 942.27 B4s, Vol 16)
__Southampton in 1620 and the Mayflower:  Index of Persons Living in Southampton 1620 (FHL 942 A1 #118 and Supplement)
__”The Customs Records of Portsmouth,” Journal of the Society of Archivists 5: 429-36.

As I look for sources that will trace hard-to-find ancestors, I note record categories that I have never checked or that are newly-arrived at the Family History Library.  Then I read them.  If it is a printed source, I read the introduction very carefully.  What does the compiler have to say about the records, their contents, and uses?

Next, I make a note to check in the  catalog for similar records for other places I am researching. Are these records also available here?

And–I often solve difficult research challenges with this strategy.  So I recommend to you. gentle reader, that the same approach might also help you.  Your favorite British genealogist, Arlene Eakle


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