Hot off the press! - New discoveries


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Hot off the press! - New discoveries

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Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 17, 2007, 10:28pm

Last night, I was following my own advice and doing some searches in Google Books. I'd never thought of trying any of my ancestors with a common name, but just for the fun of it I put in my 3xG-GF and the town in England where he lived. He is usually described as a whitesmith or blacksmith or smith; once (on the 1851 census) as "Engineer & Smith."

I got a hit, in a book listing patents issued in 1835! He and his oldest son (named for him) seem to have been the only smiths with their name in the town at the time, so the likelihood is that one of them was the "jobbing smith" who got the patent. Sadly, Google's scan of the page is defective, and cuts off before it says what the patent was for. (Auuugh.)

Anyone know how to get a list of patents issued during one month in 1835??

maaliskuu 17, 2007, 11:50pm

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maaliskuu 18, 2007, 1:11am


They do indeed have a website, and a very interesting one. I've downloaded a couple of old wills (on a pay per basis) and been delighted with the service. But finding things on the site is a bear. If they have such patent info, I'll need some advice from a British researcher to locate it. :-)

I tried the patent office, but they wanted to let me search for patents (by patent number) issued since Y2K. Not much help. I also sent feedback to Google, asking them to please fix the scan. But they probably returned the book to the library long since, so I won't hold my breath. I do wish they had better quality control on the scans.

maaliskuu 18, 2007, 1:28am

Do they have the book information that maybe you could look it up another way? And maybe where they got the book from? That would be wonderful if you could find out the information!! Good luck!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 18, 2007, 1:36am

Good thinking, HSM! I think that they do name the library. Maybe I could persuade a librarian there to copy the page for me, or to just e-mail me the info. Thanks!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 18, 2007, 2:28am

No sooner (well . . . took a while) said than done. The book is in the NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library, available to Staff only. Just filled out their reference request form. homeschoolmom, I owe you one. :-) Have you checked your profile comments lately?

maaliskuu 21, 2007, 11:30am

homeschoolmom's excellent advice has panned out.

Just had an e-mail from the NYPL giving me the missing text. (They also said that they'll notify Google of the problem.) The patent was for "a safety drag or lever slide for carriages." I think the patentee must have been my 3x-GGF, as his oldest son was 19 at the time. I hope he made some money from it!

maaliskuu 21, 2007, 6:29pm

myshelves-how wonderful!! What great news!! I'm so excited for you!!