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What if I don’t find what I’m looking for?

If you have searched all of the appropriate registers, hubs and catalogues and still haven’t found the records you are looking for, there are a few possible reasons:

  • The information was never recorded.
  • The records have not survived.
  • The records have survived but have not been transferred to an archive.
  • The records are in an archive but have not been catalogued or the catalogue has not been put online yet.

If you explain to an archivist what you are looking for and where you have looked so far, they will be happy to advise you on what to do next. There is no such thing as a stupid question and any archivist will be pleased to help, especially if you have already tried to find things yourself.

Archivists can be busy so if you don’t get an answer straight away, please be patient. They will do all they can to help you.

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