The Reading Room

For many years the Archive Service has worked with The Genealogical Society of Utah [GSU] who have microfilmed and latterly digitised records in their care that includes names. This relationship has allowed users access to surrogate copies of archival sources in the public search rooms.

More recently the Service has been working with GSU on a project to allow users access to digital copies of content via a system called Reading Room which is available in the public search rooms at Berwick and Woodhorn. Reading Room allows users to access digital copies of records – principally electoral registers, parish records and Quarter Sessions records at present – by viewing them on public PCs as well as enabling users to print high quality copies. Previously this content was available via microfilm copies many of which were old and worn and any copies generated were generally of poor quality. GSU volunteers have indexed many of the parish registers and in the forthcoming months the Service plans to add the indexes to Reading Room.

If you would like more information on how Reading Room works and the sort of material available go to the Woodhorn website using the link

Reading Room – Northumberland Archives