Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

16/6/2004

British Family Bibles

This is another worthwhile site that I have found and a good idea.

Rationale
Many bibles contain important genealogical material. However in Britain many of these bibles are being destroyed at an alarming rate, since booksellers can only sell them as bibles – not as genealogy. Many of them are in a poor state so are unsellable and are therefore destroyed by the auction houses or other finders.

British Family Bibles has been set up to try to stem the tide of this destruction. We are asking people to locate these bibles and to purchase them on our behalf. Yes, we will defray expenses, and we expect to spend a significant amount on collecting bibles. So we hope to resell some of these bibles to partially recoup our costs.

Purpose of this site
To transcribe and add to this site the records from British Family Bibles as they become available. To acquire unwanted British family bibles and transcribe their contents. We seek contact with booksellers and other people who happen across these bibles. To offer for sale family bibles as available. We specialise in British and Irish family bibles with genealogy information.

Since this site will contain transcripts from many bibles, many of these Bibles are not for sale – though some of their owners may be persuaded to take an offer!

This venture is run by Richard Torrens, who runs two genealogy sites, the Torrens site and the Bann Valley site.

Selling your bible?
We can Buy it from you and re-sell it here. Put your Bible’s information here and help you to sell it, taking a commission on the price that you sell it for. Placing a family bible can take a long time, so although you should get a better price by the second means, there is no guarantee that you will ever sell it! But there is a possibility we will put you in touch with relatives! See Selling your Bible for more information.

Looking for a Bible
Go to our list of names and take a look. There are some photos of the Bibles and a run-down on the family information therein.

Or you can use our link to Google’s search engine to search our site or the Internet.

Have a Bible you’d like to share?
Use the Contact button to let us have the information.

For surfer’s convenience I am trying to make all the pages the same format so please see one of the bibles pages such as the Hewson one, for an example of the ideal way we would like to present it. You can either simply send us the text and we will ‘pad it out’ or, if you are into html, there is a template page available. Photographs are optional.

Of course – we can work from a good photograph or copy of the information in the bible.

I’m also trying to compile a list of editions so owners can find out about dates etc their Bible may have been printed. Information here is difficult to get, so any assistance is welcome.

Other Bible records sites
There are several other sites either selling bibles or listing their contents, most are interested in American bibles.

http://www.biblerecords.com
http://www.FamilyBibles.org

Page’s Author: Richard Torrens
Document URI: www.4qd.org/BFB/index.html
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