Sunday, 20 December 2009

Mike Durtnall's Deeds Index site

In researching the First World War POW camp of Ruhleben, one of the sources I use is eBay, where material concerning the prisoners is regularly placed up for sale. Mike Durtnall is another researcher who uses eBay to source material. His site at contains a database of information that he has been gleaning from eBay and other auction based sites where material is constantly sold which the mortal researcher may never again see. From Mike's website intro:

Most of the documents are indentures or other property related documents such as conveyances, mortgages, leases etc. Other documents include wills, bibles, letters, commonplace books etc. Many of these documents are sold into private hands and the information they contain is lost to researchers. In the process many collections of documents and bundles of deeds are broken up and the collective information they contain lost forever. Hopefully some of this collective information will be retained through these pages.

Scotland is well served, with details on over 300 documents sourced by Mike made available through the following links:

Needless to say, the rest of the UK is well served also, as are Australia and the USA. God bless people like Mike Durtnall...! :)

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