Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Brisbane Hospital admissions index

You will see some differences between my index to Brisbane Hospital admissions for part of 1887, and the index compiled recently by Qld State Archives. In some cases we interpreted the handwriting differently (see my advice re handwriting) and in other cases one of us made a mistake. No index is perfect, and there are mistakes in the Archives' index and in mine. (I have fixed a couple of mistakes on my Web page.)

I am disappointed that the Archives wasted staff/volunteers' time by duplicating work that I did years ago. There are hundreds of other wonderful sources that they could have indexed instead! And they were aware of my index, because I donated a copy for use in their Public Search Room.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Supreme Court deed poll records

There is now a 100-year restriction (it used to be only 30yrs) on access to Supreme Court deed poll records at Qld State Archives.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Qld State Archives location numbers

When using Qld State Archives on-line catalogue, note the 'item ID' and the 'Previous System Location'.

Why? If the computer system crashes while you are in the Public Search Room, staff can usually only retrieve your documents from the repository if you can quote the Previous System location.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Qld State Archives

I recently mentioned that Qld State Archives Public Search Room visitor statistics were being scrutinised. I subsequently received (via Dr. Jennifer Harrison) this statement from the State Archivist: 'No diminution of opening hours or days at Qld State Archives is envisaged or is even being discussed.' Nevertheless, I would encourage you to visit the Archives in person or ask someone to do so on your behalf.
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