I have been in a salt mine in Bavaria - an interesting
experience, especially reaching the lower levels on a slide, which felt like
fee fall. On this occasion the documents were delivered to Kew, where I was
able to photocopy them for a small fee [under £3.00].
At present the photocopies are with a barrister friend, who I trust will be
able to explain the finer points. Not sure if he will demand a fee But I
have it in mind to offer a bottle of wine.
I will then be able to help a friend, who lives in Gloucestershire, to
write up this part of her family history.
Incidentally I came across a HESKINS divorce case during my visit to Kew.
The document was released under the hundred year rule in 2009. This is not
my immediate family although there is a link in the early nineteenth
century. It involves a Gloucestershire boy who joined the Royal Navy. So another
area of research opens up... HMS Temeraire...Battle of Jutland...
Are there salt mines in Hungary?
In a message dated 23/02/2011 17:08:19 GMT Standard Time,
<vbg> Glad you (or was it the documents) managed to escape unscathed from
the salt mines. That still doesn't indicate the cost of storage though,
and I don't know whether a scanned copy, though certainly not as awesome
handle, may not be easier to search and review.
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:09 AM
Subject: Re: [SOG-UK] Archives cuts and closures
Last Thursday I was at The National Archives reading
information from Chancery documents that had been called up from the
salt mines. Not a salt crystal in sight...and the documents were perfectly
dry. They were just as if stored in The National Archives building itself
which has limited storage space.
So the documents were completely accessible, given three days notice and
contained sought after information not available by other means. So, long
live the salt mines...
In a message dated 22/02/2011 05:54:35 GMT Standard Time,
Why destroy records that have been photographed ? - there must be hundreds
of genealogists who would be happy to purchase the original records - thus
a) saving them, and b) generating more cash for publishing records in a
Otherwise, I agree with Tim, that there is little point in spending money
maintain documents locked up an inaccessible in a salt mine or otherwise.
(Note that salt is quite corrosive, and hygroscopic, so I would have
storing anything in a salt mine (apart from salt) would be overly
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