Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Great Parchment Book site now live

Thanks to Iain McCulloch (@sempaiscuba) for a tip off that the Great Parchment Book website is now live.

Last year I blogged a story about a project involving an extraordinary holding of the London Metropolitan Archives which was being conserved and digitised. The document in question was the Great Parchment Book of 1633, a survey compiled in 1639 by a Commission instituted under the Great Seal by Charles I , which lists many of the British planters who colonised Ulster, particularly around Derry and Coleraine, in the early 17th century (see

The Great Parchment site is now live at and can be searched for names, places and occupations of those involved. I've had a brief look so far, and it looks like there's a lot to get stuck into. The following fascinating video on the book's conservation helps to give a flavour of the offering:

The transcription work is ongoing, so keep returning to it for updates, but so far, it's a job well done - have fun!


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers, starts May 15th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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