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From: "Eileen Franchi" <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] overwhelmed at Kew
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 14:30:23 -0000
Hi, The first time I went there was a guided tour which took about 20 mins
on arrival after you checked in. Has that been stopped? I seem to have
seen groups of people being given a tour each time I go. I have always been
helped by the people at each desk, though some are not so well informed as
It is now possible to download the Wills and other documents on computers
linked to printers, to read without paying unless you want printed copies
and then you need a payment card for the machine-(about £5 or more depending
on how much you want to spend, )- which deducts the cost of each page, about
25p, from the total, any left over is carried forward. That is so useful as
you can see at a glance if the Will is the correct one for you before you
pay for a copy. Much cheaper than buying them on line too.
Its a very overwhelming place and unless you are well armed beforehand you
can come away without finding anything. Do search the website first. BTW
There is a very good restaurant. Eileen.
----- Original Message -----
> jtopp wrote:
>> I have been to Kew several times and still overwhelmed by the amount of
>> information that is available.
>> My suggestions, this is what I did, check the web site of the National
>> Archives in Kew for days when they offer courses on "how" to research at
>> the facility. for me it opened many doors that I otherwise would have
>> never found. The short classes are usually free and last the morning or
>> afternoon, some all day, they offer many. You will be amazed by what you
>> will learn in HOW to access their records efficiently, without wasting
>> time and effort.
> That's handy to know but unfortunately not a viable option for me. Like
> Gillie, I live in the West Country but I also have young children, one
> still at primary (first) school.