The latest update of the “What’s New” page of the free website of the Ewyas Lacy (in south-west Herefordshire on the Welsh border) Study Group reports some interesting developments.
The Ewyas Lacy site says:
“As we enter the New Year, our website reflects an important shift towards offering direct access to selected original documents in a digital archive. Our Digital Images Collections have expanded greatly as our project with the Herefordshire Record Office to photograph local records and make them available for study on-line continues to go well.
“The inclusion of Parish Registers [with the kind permission of the various Parochial Church Councils], local School Registers and Manorial Court records will be of particular interest to local historians and family history researchers. We hope to complete the upload of these for all the Ewyas Lacy parishes in the near future, although for data protection reasons [in consultation with the Record Office] we have imposed a 100-year cut-off on personal information, so entries after 1910 are normally excluded.
“The continuing work of the Ewyas Lacy Study Group in 2011 will see the range of documents in our images collections expand further. We will also be taking a fresh look at some of the technical issues of presenting document images, to ensure that picture quality is as good as practically achievable on the website.”
The site now has images of some of the parish registers of Clodock, Llancillo, Rowlestone, and St Margarets, as well as some school registers, parochial lists, and poor rate books. There are also transcriptions of the Hearth Tax records of 1664 and 1665, and many other documents and records of interest to anyone with ancestors who lived in this English/Welsh border area.