Online ancestry tool is still available at Mexborough library - FREE
The premier website used by people
researching their family history. Ancestry.com, is still
available at Mexborough and other libraries totally free.
Making the announcement, Clare O'Brien
said "Doncaster Libraries have subscribed to Ancestry.Com. This will mean that all
our public PCs across all the branches will have
Free full access to the Ancestry
Library Edition. It offers a wide and diverse variety of unique
content from around the world allowing you to trace your family
The site can be accessed from any public PC with a library
Local Studies & Archives staff are available to answer any questions
regarding this online service"
O'Brien is Community Development Manager, Customer Strategy &
Development, Neighbourhoods & Communities
NOTE: To use a computer you have to be a member of DMBC
Libraries and produce your card on arrival. The type of Ancestry.Com
which has been obtained by the Library Services is one of the most
advanced available and is usually one of the most expensive. As many
people are studying their family tree, Ancestry.Com will be very
popular. Although there are a number of computers at Mexborough
library, the staff suggest that a computer be booked prior to
arrival at the library, by telephone. Please don't forget that, as
with using all computers in the libraries of DMBC, to use a computer
for the first hour is free, but is £1.20 per hour thereafter.
Contact details: Mexborough Library - tel
This trackless photo from Keith Butcher caused a bit of a stir
when we asked 'Where was it taken?'
Now, with the help of Ron James (who used to ride on that route
regularly), reader Pete Lyon and our archivist Julia Ashby, we have
pinpointed the location to Welfare Avenue, Conisbrough (off Old
Road). As confirmation, compare it to this recent Google Streets
Thank you for all your ideas.
LEFT: Old photograph....... and right, a
modern Google view of Welfare Avenue, Conanby
Men working on the forecourt of the former Job Centre
(latterly a mobility supply business) on High Street recently
uncovered an underground construction. This has caused quite a stir
in the town, with passers-by intrigued as to its history.
Our archivist Julia Ashby has discovered the following: "The grey
brick portion of the trench, part of which abuts the red brick, is
modern, installed on the construction of the premises which later
became the Mobility Centre. Whereas the red brick is part of the
exterior wall of
the Hippodrome. Study of the red bricks has revealed that the
theatre was partly, constructed using bricks from Mexborough
Brickworks, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough. Also as there is much of his
signature black mortar on display, that it was constructed by George
Henry Smith. Excising whitewash, on the red brick, suggests that,
what has been excavated, may be part of the passage which led to the
dressing rooms beneath the area where the audience sat. It was
filled in on Wed. 17th Feb. 2010 awaiting the construction of an
extension to the premises which were once the Mobility Centre."
2006: Part of the town's past was uncovered by builders working
on a community project. A carved stone, from 1889, part of the
facade of a former Methodist School, was revealed at the former
Walters' Photographic Studio on Dolcliffe Road. Cost of removal
would be a prohibitive £3,000+, so the Community Partnership have
kindly agreed to amend their plans slightly and leave the stone in
situ, though it has now been covered again with new cladding.