I have spent hours this week working on the digital books available at books.familysearch.org. There are many there not available at archive.org or elsewhere online and they are a reminder of the valuable data recorded by faithful and dedicated genealogists.
There are two large collections of monumental inscriptions for Suffolk (467) and Yorkshire (62). The total number of additions this week is 581 bringing the total of OGI data sets to 384,755.
Additional data sets found in the FamilySearch Books collection include parish registers and monumental inscriptions from Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
The gentleman who roamed the country from 1825-1834 was John Wareyn Darby who spent thousands of hours transcribing headstones all over Suffolk. He died unmarried in 1846. I suppose it was difficult to meet a future wife in churchyards!
He visited 467 churchyards throughout Suffolk and recorded the details of the gentry and, sometimes, listed the surnames from headstones in the churchyard.
Charles Patridge published printed copies of these transcriptions starting in 1913. The complete collection, organized by parish hundreds, is available at books.familysearch.org but I have added each one with corresponding page number in the original books so you can jump directly to the parish needed. You can view the first book here.
This is only an example of the large collections available thanks to those who devoted their lives to recording the names of the deceased.
A second collection added this week is from Yorkshire and was completed in 1947 by full-time missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints serving in the Yorkshire area. They were able to visit and transcribe the headstones from 62 churchyards. Probably a little different from their regular missionary work but of great value to all those with Yorkshire ancestors! You can view that book here.
I will continue looking for new resources and return in a week or so!
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