Images of thousands of historic documents held at Surrey History Centre will be published online in partnership with the family history website Ancestry in 2013. Look out for the launch!
The records which will published online are:
The original records, on paper and parchment, are all held in Surrey History Centre in Woking where they are preserved in temperature and humidity controlled strongrooms. Through this partnership, these precious documents will become far more accessible to researchers around the world whilst at the same time protecting and preserving the fragile originals for future generations.
This project will allow members of Surrey libraries to search the records for their Surrey ancestors free of charge in any local library in the county and subscribers to Ancestry.co.uk across the world will also be able to view them in the comfort of their own home.
Visitors to Surrey History Centre will have the advantage of free use of Ancestry.co.uk and in addition will be able to consult all the other original records held by the Centre to find out more about their ancestors and the communities in which they lived. New computers at the Centre will have a range of equipment to allow easier use by people with disabilities.
Officially the UK's favourite family history website, Ancestry.co.uk contains more than one billion records in collections including the most comprehensive online set of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses from 1841 to 1911, the fully searchable England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, the World War One British Army Service and Pension records, UK Parish Records and the British Phone Books.
Ancestry.com Inc is the world's largest online family history resource, with 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately four billion profiles.
In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localised web sites, including Ancestry.co.uk which was launched in May 2002, designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.