Tuesday 26 February 2013

Coming soon - Lord Viscount Morpeth's Testimonial Roll

I've had the privilege this evening to preview a beta version of Ancestry's forthcoming major database - Ireland, Lord Viscount Morpeth's Testimonial Roll, 1841. Without giving the game away, all I will say for now is that how researchers use it will be very different to other collections available on the site. Ancestry has done a superb job both digitising and indexing the 412 metre length roll, and extracting its thousands of names through its World Archives Project - watch this space for more news soon!

In the meantime, what exactly is Lord Viscount Morpeth's Testimonial Roll? The best places to find some answers are on a blog post at http://russellpractice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/lord-morpeths-roll-pre-famine-census-in.html, but also the December 2012 issue of Irish Lives Remembered, which has some wonderful images from the document - you'll find that at http://interactivepdf.uniflip.com/2/71043/289561/pub/ (the main mag is at www.irishlivesrememberd.com). Dan Jones' post on the Ancestry blog in 2010 is also worth a read at http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2010/04/26/is-this-the-worlds-longest-document/.

(With thanks to Ancestry)


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