Kollies Genealogy

Research: The Liverpool Library

Yesterday I lost my cherry in terms of Microfile research in a records archive, I went with my parents (who very kindly offered to come and help me) to the Liverpool Library, in particular the records of local history section.  I didn’t know what to expect before I got there, of course I’d seen the record offices on WDYTYA and Heir Hunters but still couln’t imagine me doing that sort of thing.

Before I left home I made sure I had the tools I thought I’d need:

  • Relevant records I already had
  • A list of what records I wanted to search
  • A notepad
  • A pencil
  • Seperate eraser
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Money

I had decided that if I just went there and thought I’ll have a look in the burial records (the purpose of my visit was to locate the graves of my ancestors) I would get lost pretty quickly and not end up with very much information, probably making the experience uncomfortable, and causing me to be reluctant to visit again anytime soon.  So, I made a list of things I wanted to do, I used a website called www.workflowy.com a new website I’d found that fitted my needs (more on this site in another post).  With my list consisting of:

  • Name
  • Birth
  • Death
  • Obituary
  • Cemetery
  • Plot & Grave number

Any of the information I already knew I had filled in to give me quick pointers to what I should research.

When I got to the library I explained to the man that I had previously emailed in, and was advised no appointment was necessary for using the Microfile machine, but that I had absolutely no idea how the system worked, etc.  He was very nice, showing me where the records where kept, how to use the index book to locate the relevant microfile, how to operate the Printer/Reader, and offering anymore assistance if required.

I had decided the easiest way for me to to find where my ancestors (mostly Great Grandparents) where buried, was first by looking through the obituary section of the local paper, The Liverpool Echo, for the days following their death.  My thinking being that most people use this section not only to post the death and their remembrance, but to update people as to where the service was going to be held and on what date. I had quite a bit of success with this, finding two ancestors details of service, and all my ancestors obituaries that I searched for.

Next, I looked through the index book for Allerton cemetery (both of the references I found where in this cemetery), picked up the relevant Microfilm, and searched through the pages until I found the entrance for my ancestor.  Brilliant!

I quickly finished off my research, packed everything away, paid for my printouts 19 in total, at 30p each, and headed off back to my car…Next stop, Allerton Cemetery!

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