BMD Records, Stories and Histories, and Maps and Gazetteers From England and Wales

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The major collection this week at WorldVitalRecords.com includes 15 collections from the Anguline Research Archives (ARA). The launch this week includes birth, marriage, and death records, stories and histories, maps, atlases, and gazetteers. The new databases are listed below according to data type.  Following are descriptions of some of the titles in the collection, provided by ARA.

Stories and Histories
Acta Regia by Rapin de Thoyras, 1733
This is an account of the Acts, Treaties, Letters and Instruments between English Monarchs and foreign powers, as well as details of many Public Acts relating to various domestic matters. Covering hundreds of years–from the beginning of the reign of Henry I to the 10th year of the reign of Charles I–the book also contains biographical details of each monarch. Contains over 800 pages of information–a real treasure trove of English history. Includes a comprehensive index. An essential reference book for every historian.

The Brave Men of Eyam
A descriptive and moving tale of the plague year 1665-1666, in the famous Derbyshire village of Eyam. Includes transcripts of three letters written by the Rev. William Mompesson.

The English Village Community
A masterly study of the development of the English village, its organization and agricultural field systems in Roman, Saxon, and Norman times. Also includes chapters on the tribal systems of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and a comparison with western European village structure. Illustrated with several maps and drawings, some in color. Useful for local, social, and economic historians.

A Short History of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 42nd , 73rd . 1725 – 1907
History of the regiment compiled from regimental records of the 1st & 2nd Battalions, the Perthshire Militia and from the official histories of the 42nd and 73rd.  Unfortunately the last four pages of the “Book of Days” are missing as are two of the fold-out maps.

Historic Sketch of the Parish Church, Wakefield
All Saints Parish Church, Wakefield (now the Cathedral) is one of the most magnificent in Yorkshire. This account, written in 1824 by the Rev. J.L. Sisson A.M., gives a detailed history of the church, illustrated with three fine engravings. A notable feature is the transcription of monumental inscriptions of many of those buried within the church.

The Beautiful and Historic Villages of Yorkshire Illustrated
The Beautiful & Historic Villages of Yorkshire Illustrated. Published by the Leeds and Yorkshire Mercury newspaper in 1907. Includes topographical and historical notes and over 50 full-page photographs. A real ’snapshot’ of Edwardian rural Yorkshire.

Illustrated Notes on English Church History, Volumes 1 and  2
Two books in one describing the fascinating and eventful history of the English Church from earliest times up to the late Victorian period. Written by the Rev. C. Arthur Lane. Published by the SPCK in 1888 and 1893. Includes 200 illustrations.

Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
Key to the Ancient Parish Registers of England and Wales
A guide to the parish registers of England and Wales, written by A.M. Burke in 1908. Including: an overview and history of parish registers, illustrations showing examples of actual old register pages, and a large and comprehensive alphabetical index, giving the name of each parish, county and date of earliest register entry. Invaluable source book for historians.

Transcripts of the parish registers of Sheffield, Yorkshire
Transcripts of the parish registers for the town of Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, including the following: Volume I–Marriages & Baptisms 1560-1635
Volume II–Marriages & Baptisms 1635-1653 ; Burials 1560-1634
Volume III– Marriages & Baptisms 1653-1686 ; Burials 1635-1653, plus name and place indexes for each volume. Also included banns of marriage 1653-1660.

The Episcopal Registers of the Diocese St. David’s, 1397-1518
From the original registers, in the diocesan registry of Carmarthen, with a translation and General Index by R.F. Isaacson. This CD contains both Volume I (1397-1407) and Volume II (1407-1518)

Maps, Atlases, Gazetteers
Highways and Byways in Buckinghamshire
Contemporary review–WORLD: “A thoroughly delightful little volume. Mr. Frederick L. Griggs contributes a copious series of delicately graceful illustrations.” Over 80 illustrations plus map.

Highways and Byways in Hampshire
Contemporary reviews–WORLD: “Mr. Moutray Read has written a well-nigh perfect guide-book.” STANDARD: “In our judgment, as excellent and as a lively a book as has yet appeared in the Highways and Byways Series.” Over 90 illustrations by Arthur B. Connor, plus map.

Highways and Byways in North Wales
A blend of detailed description, history, and a smattering of gossip draws the reader deep into the heartland of the region. An experience enhanced by the drawings and sketches of Joseph Pennell and Hugh Thomson. Tour of the towns and villages of North Wales steeped in the history of ages. Ninety-six illustrations including a route map.

Highways and Byways in Nottinghamshire
A topographical sojourn through the towns and villages of Nottinghamshire, including Nottingham and its castle, Southwell Minster, Sherwood Forest, Retford, Newark etc., plus genealogical, historical, literary, or political anecdotes about prominent county families or the localities. Includes over 120 illustrations.
About Anguline Research Archives (ARA)
ARA was founded by Guy Etchells and Angela Petyt B.A. (hons.). ARA is an organization dedicated to offering rare books on CD at an affordable price. It caters to both local history and family history researchers. ARA is located in Ossett, England.

ARA also offers school and college registers, directories, local histories and topography, wills, study aids, and maps. Plus, it provides some rare printed resources from Medieval times up to the 20th century.

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