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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree Christmas 2019 > Gems from our archives

Gems from our archives

Sound archivist Sarah-Joy Maddeaux rummages in the Sound Collection where she works to bring you some audible Christmas treats…

Amongst the familiar written documents such as parish registers and wills, did you know that many record offices also hold sound recordings?

The Essex Sound and Video Archive at the Essex Record Office holds more than 30,000 recordings in a range of formats, from open reel tapes to digital files. They’re fascinating in their own right, but have you ever thought about using them for your family history research?

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