I’ve given mention before to the amazing resource and service that is the Swindon Collection in ‘Digital archives R us’. But I figured it was time to give another, more detailed ‘shout out’ about them.

As it says on their section of the Swindon Borough Council website:

The Swindon Collection: The Swindon Collection of local studies and family history material can be found on the second floor of the Central Library. Staff will be happy to help you begin your search. Additionally, one Monday a month, an archivist from the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre will be available to advise researchers. Please check with Swindon collection staff for future dates.

But there’s more.  The Swindon local collection is the home of the Swindon photostream collection on Flickr:

“In collaboration with the people of Swindon and local history enthusiasts, Swindon Central Library has produced a substantial online library of historical photographs – on the Internet photograph repository, Flickr.

The Swindon Collection Photostream is an ongoing project to publish the history of the Borough of Swindon in photographs.

The collection already includes many thousands of fascinating images – drawn from the library’s collection, the private collections of local residents and enthusiasts, and historical material from Swindon’s commercial institutions of the past and present.”

There are links to various areas of this photostream scattered throughout this blog. It truly is an amazing resource and important record of every aspect of Swindon’s history – something that Swindon should be very proud of.

Just some of the other resources that the Swindon collection can offer are:

  • Complete GRO index of Births, Marriages & Deaths, for the whole of England and Wales (1837-1999).
  • GRO Overseas index.
  • International Genealogical Index (The LDS or Mormon Index).
  • Census records (1841-1901) with surname and street indexes where available.
  • Parish registers, bishops transcripts and surname transcriptions where available (from 1538).
  • Free access to Find My Past Community Edition.
  • All available parish magazines, newsletters and journals, including staff magazines for the Great Western Railway, Wills Tobacco, Garrards and Vickers.

The rest can be found here, on the SBC website. And you can, of course, also find them on Facebook.

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