Sunday, July 11, 2004
NIDS - National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United Kingdom and Ireland
NIDS is a scholarly resource on microfiche, which "attempts to identify the exact reference numbers for collections in British archives, libraries, and museums. You can sometimes get data (genealogical fact) from the index...[NIDS] often gives an every name index of the resource." Send off a letter to have the archive, library or museum copy certain pages of certain books or manuscripts, plan your research trip, hire a researcher.
At http://familysearch.org, > Search > Family History Library Catalog > Film/Fiche Search, put in # 6341118 for a name and subject index. Portions of NIDS can be ordered, and the entire collection of fiche is available at the FHL in Salt Lake City, and in Los Angeles FHC. Many large universities will also have this resource.
Remember, when you order fiche, it stays in the FHC permanently. See the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. Guide to British Isles Research for more information about how to use NIDS.
Ireland: Richard Hayes MS Sources for the History of Irish Civilization - estate records, family history. # 1440939 FHL Catalog. Periodicals: 0973222-320.
Smith's Inventory of Genealogical Sources: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&title=Smith%27s+Inventory+of+Genealogical+Sources&pretitle=Smith%27s+Inventory+of+Genealogical+Sources
Thanks to Linda Merle for sharing this information with the Scotch-Irish-L@rootsweb.com.
If you don't know [your family's] history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. - Michael Crichton