Spare a thought for we Aussies!
In years past I had wonderful service from The Nat. Library when I was
purchasing records and Wills from them direct
.....having the Wills on line was then a joy and much appreciated......and I
have piles of purchased paper..... the St. David's Probate index for
of interest to me...so at least I know if there should be a Will on line.
Progress is SO frustrating!
From: Jill Muir
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Pike' ; 'Brian Swann' ; 'Lance Kirkwood' ; 'jennifer cairns'
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Subject: RE: [Dyfed] Welsh Surname Books + NLW Catalogues
Like Brian Davies my primary residence is not in Wales, so that NLW
subscription services are not available to me at home - but since they are
available in major public and academic libraries in England, I don't feel
Thank you Anna, I hadn't thought of that! Bodleian Library here I come.;-))
If my ancient knees and hips allow.
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Subject: Re: [Dyfed] Welsh Surname Books + NLW Catalogues
Thank you to everyone who replied to my post about the NLW catalogue.
Clearly many of us have issues with the catalogue; I hope you will all send
your complaints to the National Library!
Although I would agree that the Library has become a diminished institution
over the years, particularly in terms of expertise, I have always found the
individuals who provide the public face of the Library in the Reading Rooms
to be helpful, in spite of the difficulties they face. The vast majority of
them do their best within the resources available to them - my impression is
that they find the loss of ISYS as frustrating as we do. The fundamental
problem is resources; it is well-known that per capita government funding
for Wales via the Barnett formula is well below that for England and
Scotland. And like Rhodri I would question the effectiveness of the
current combination of Library and Archive functions - a combination which
is not found in England and Scotland.
However we might also reflect that in some ways the service provided is
better than in England, in the sense that more information is publicly
available. Access to pre-1858 Welsh wills and pre 1920 newspapers is free
online from NLW, but their English equivalents have to be paid for. Like
Brian Davies my primary residence is not in Wales, so that NLW subscription
services are not available to me at home - but since they are available in
major public and academic libraries in England, I don't feel too deprived.