Finding Folk: Handlist of Genealogical Sources in Lancashire Record Office published by Lancashire Record Office, Bow lane, Preston PR1 2RE, Lancashire, England. 1995. 209 pp. £? No credit cards accepted, payment in sterling with order by mail. Telephone 011-441-1772-263028 or fax to 011-441-1772-263050.

This handlist aims to and succeeds in listing the main sources available for Lancashire research such as probate and church records. It does not list the more specialized sources such as taxation, police, judicial, hospital or school records. Research in Lancashire has been complicated by county and ecclesiastical boundary changes in the late 19th century and again in 1974. These changes are well illustrated on maps and explained in the text.

The chapter dealing with probate records is especially good showing which record offices have the original records, microfilm copies, and what indexes are available, for what time periods. The bulk of the publication is taken up with three separate lists of all the Church of England, Roman Catholic and Nonconformist parish registers. The listing for each shows where they are available, for what years and where there are gaps (20 years in the 18C and 5 years in the 19C and 20C). Also listed for each parish are the existence of any transcripts or indexes, what years if any are included in the IGI, Boyd's marriage index, or Owen's index of registers and monumental inscriptions. The inclusion of these index references is especially useful since the IGI and Boyd's marriage index is readily available through the LDS.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.5, 1996