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Registering approval

The time had come to take the plunge and travel all the way to Huntingdon    (c 8 miles away ! ) to desposit some old church registers.

A few weeks ago a run of parish marriage registers had come to light  and in my humble opinion its far better to deposit them safely with the local registrar  (one copy) and local archives/record office ( one copy) so that they do not get mislaid. We all know they should live in achurch  safe ( any rural dean will tell you that!) but they dont always make it into the church safe….

Both the Huntingdon Registration Office and the Huntingdon Archives Office have sparkling new premises and are newly opened. The Registration Office in Princess Street I think was the former old library and has been refurbished for purpose. It contains amongst other things a room for civil ceremonies and and a very comfortable waiting area and loos. I was reminded how the ” church” by no means has the market these days on rites of passage. The notice board has posters about civil naming ceremonies as well as civil marriages and of course now civil partnership ceremonies – something the  C of E wont touch.  Readers may not know that there are also civil celebrants available for taking funerals at crematoria – indeed they have a national HQ at nearby Buckden. I really do believe the church still has a role in being alongsdie people at key times in their lives – but are we too picky as to who we will offer our ” services ” to?

After the Registration office, I went on to the Archives Office sited on the first floor in the new library – also in Princess Street. Here myself and 18 registers were greeted with much courtesy and I really could have spent a lot longer up in the nice air conditioned reading room browsing at some old register or two. Archives are open  every day except mondays and sundays – and every 2nd saturday in the month. If you want to research any original documents, you need a CARN ( County Archive Research Network) ticket which you can obtain from Archives on the day – but bring proof of name and address. The Archives section also has an impressive collection of material on local man Oliver Cromwell – and if youve never been there, the Cromwell museum in Huntingdon is also pretty fascinating.

cromwell The famous man of Huntingdon himself

I have to confess to having spent many, many hours researching my own family history and local history  of the places I have lived in over the years.

But, into the future and on to Ely….more ramblings later.

June 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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