A collection of miscellaneous tips and tricks not covered in other articles that might help you with your research.
Access some subscription websites with a Library Card
- There are a number of websites including Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, The [London] Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, The Illustrated London News 1842-2003, 19th Century UK Periodicals and other newspaper sites, JSTOR (many journals), which may help you in your research, where access is restricted . Card holders of participating Libraries including the following National Libraries (noting there is generally a residential requirement) Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, State Library of NSW, and many University Libraries can access some, or all of these websites, generally remotely on their own computers. Many of these websites including ECCO may also be accessed from the British Library Reading Rooms. Also see Subscription websites-online newspapers, journals and directories
- In England, a Borough or County Library Card may enable you to access The Times remotely but probably not other historical newspaper sites. However, enquire what is available to you both from your local library and the libraries of surrounding boroughs as what is on offer can differ widely and membership requirements are usually easily met. Popular choices available online include The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Who's Who & Who Was Who. Other subscription sites may be available from terminals in the library itself e.g. Ancestry - this may sound restrictive but, if you already subscribe at a base level, may be useful for consultation when you want to look up a source restricted to premium subscribers.
- As an example, Suffolk Reference Direct shows the databases available to the users of the 44 local libraries of Suffolk County Council. Ancestry and FindMyPast are available but must be accessed in a local library or record office, while other databases are available on home computers.
Access an obsolete website in archives.org
- Go to http://www.archive.org/web/web.php and type in the website you require in the Wayback Machine and click <Take Me Back>.
- A helpful website which has closed is regiments.org, here is the archived site at January 2008. This is the Regiments page, the Numeric list of British Army Regiments page and the British Army 1881 Regiments page; An overview of the South Asian Armies page, Alphabetic Index,South Asia page and Numeric index, South Asia page
Search for books on a particular topic
The Royal Historical Society Bibliography Search may be of use if you are researching a particular topic and wish to find books written about the topic.As an example, entering East India Company produced over a thousand results, mainly books and articles written in the last forty years.
Search for a Library which holds a book you want to read
- Worldcat.org. Note that the British Library does not appear to be part of this database.
- Trove for Australia. (National Library of Australia)
Find the meaning of words used in India
- Hobson-Jobson: the Anglo-Indian dictionary by Henry Yule, Arthur Coke Burnell, William Crooke published by Wordsworth Editions, 1996. Limited View Google Books or full view at the Internet Archive website
- The Oriental Interpreter and Treasury of East India Knowledge: A Companion to "The Hand-book of British India." by Joachim Hayward Stocqueler 1848, Full View Google Books
- This Glossary is from the British Empire website
- Glossary to The History of the British Empire in India by Edward Thornton 1859. Google Books
- A-I Vocabulary: A lexicon of long-forgotten Anglo-Indian words www.tapmal.com
Convert a date which has used the Bengali Calendar
- Bengali Calendar Wikipedia
Find an exchange rate
- Rupee exchange rate 1871-1892 Wikipedia
Find out the meaning of an archaic medical term
Useful for interpreting the cause of death on a burial record or the medical conditions on a soldier's service record.
- Glossary of Medical Terms used in the 18th and 19th Centuries from Craig Thornber’s History of Medicine
- From Genealogy Quest-Glossaries-Diseases Part 1, A-C, Part 2, D-L, Part 3, M-R, Part 4, S-Y.
- Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms A Glossary of Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death by Rudy Schmidt. Lists in English and many other languages, including German, French, and Dutch
- Blog by Ken Watson blog : Scanning–DPI does count recommends scanning photographs at 600 dpi and slides and negatives from a 35mm camera at 3200 dpi
- Creating & Editing Digital Photos: Tips for Scanning & Restoring About.com Genealogy
- A few scanning tips scantips.com
- What Kind of a Scanner Should I Buy? 1, 2, 3, 4 from Tech Tips Family Search
Digitally restore old photographs
- Digital Restoration of Old Photographs from Tech Tips Familysearch.org
- What do I Need to Restore Damaged Photographs? by James Tanner. Parts 1 and 2, December 2012. Family Search Blog
Date family photographs
- Find My Past has a series of blogs about how to date family photographs
Aspects to consider when hiring a professional researcher
- Hiring a Professional from Cyndi’s List which includes Selecting and Engaging a Professional Researcher from Ancestry.com
Copy Information from Full View Google Books
Refer Google Books
Scan and edit a document-OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
- OCR anything with OneNote 2007 and 2010. howtogeek.com. OneNote 2010 is included with all edition of Microsoft Office 2010 except for Starter edition. OneNote 2007 is included with Office 2007 Home and Student, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
- Microsoft Office Word 2007 instructions on how to Scan and edit a document, from Microsoft Office Online.
- Microsoft Office Word 2003 instructions About Microsoft Office Document Imaging from Microsoft Office Online.
Send money to India
Use the Virtual Magnifying Glass
You may find this Virtual Magnifying Glass is useful.