Finding records in odd places

Sometimes it’s amazing where you can find genealogical records. They are not always located where you think they are.

Back in December I was at a local pub (the Queen’s Arms, Corton Denham, Somerset) and much to my surprise, I saw what looked like property indentures hanging on the wall. There were about 6 in total and only some of them concerned places in Somerset; one was actually from the manor court records of Frekenham in Suffolk.

They all seemed to be in very good condition, seeing as though they looked to be from the 17th and 18th centuries. When I asked where they were found, I was told that the documents were bought at an auction for decorative purposes. Needless to say, I couldn’t stop examining them the whole time I was there!

The documents themselves are full of names and other interestQueen's Arms Corton D_4ing genealogical information, which just goes to show that you can find genealogical information anywhere and in the most unlikely of places. They even look pretty good framed on the wall.

So, when you are out and about, keep your eyes open as genealogy is everywhere!

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