Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 648 page hardback for 1 Cent – Just pay $8 p&h


We’ve still got several large cases of Moulton’s Genealogical Resources in English Repositories on hand. We ran a big promo on these last year, but still need to move what we have left to make warehouse space for new titles. For this reason, we’ve decided to sell them for just 1 cent. USA buyers, just pick up the p&h of $8.00. So – for $8.01 USA purchasers can have what is most likely the best overall list of British resources in print. The book initially sold for $45. If printed today, it would more than likely be $75 or more. The book is now over 20 years old, and the PRO in England has had many changes in where you’ll find their resources. So you might have to use Google to search for the exact location of any particular PRO resource (A tiny minority of overall resources). The book will tells what resources are available – and it’s worth a lot more than the p&h cost…


Following is a review written several years ago:
While the information so nicely gathered into this single book, Genealogical Resources in English Repositories, can be found in many other locations; sometimes, it is nice to have this type of information in one place, as a quick and easy reference. This book represents an exhaustive listing of available genealogical resources available in Britain. Listed in these pages are major national archives and libraries, repositories in the greater London area, and county by county listings. This book is also the winner of the National Genealogical Society’s 1993 Book Award for Excellence in Genealogical Methods and Sources.

Genealogical Resources was designed to provide “genealogists and historians with…information on resources in the key repositories in England. It categorizes manuscript records, as well as printed, transcribed and microfilm materials, with respect to their contents, and in most instances, lists covering dates.” Originally intended to help Americans find ancestral information.

County listings represent the bulk of the information. Each county opens with a short review of local geographical and political/administrative boundary changes made over the years. The listing of each library, archive, records office, or other repository is complete with address (mostly likely not changed over the years), phone number (possibly changed over the years), and holdings of genealogical value (which most likely have only expanded over the years). Publications of possible interest are also listed.

Please note that there have been significant changes in the PRO over the years, and it might be necessary to use Google to locate the exact location of some records listed within this volume.

While this book predates web usage as we know it today (including Google), is still serves as a great one-stop listing for finding genealogically important holding in England. Think of running a search at Google for English repositories, then reducing the results to an accurate, non-repeating listing of resources and then printing those results with a listing of holdings at each repository. That pretty well describes Genealogical Resources in English Repositories.

Each book comes with a 1992 and 1996 update supplement. Just having the names of the various repositories gives the reader the name to search for when using the Internet.
Get a copy of Genealogical Resources in English Repositories for yourself or your favorite society’s library.


List of Abbreviations
List of Symbols

Part I: Greater London Repositories

Baptist Church House
British Library, Department of Manuscripts
British Library, India Office Library and Records
British Library Newspaper Library
College of Arms
Corporation of London Record Office
Guildhall Library
House of Lords Record Office
Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Lambeth Palace Library
LDS Hyde Park Family History Centre
National Army Museum
National Maritime Museum
Principal Registry of the Family Division, Somerset House
Public Record Office, Chancery Lane
Public Record Office, Kew
Public Record Office, Portugal Street
Religious Society of Friends
Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
Society of Genealogists
Unitarian Historical Society
Untied Reformed Church History Society
United Synagogue, Archives of
Wesley Historical Society Library
Westminster, Diocesan Archives
Dr. Williams’ Library

Part II: County Repositories (summarized)


Each county listing includes:

  • Record Office(s)
  • Other Repositories
  • Genealogical and Family History Societies

A few counties and metropolitan areas include sections for:

  • Metropolitan District Archives and Local History Libraries, OR
  • District Archives and Libraries

Counties are listed alphabetically as follows:

  • Avon
  • Befordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cheshire
  • Cleveland
  • Cornwall
  • Cumberland
  • Cumbria
  • Derbyshire
  • Devon(shire)
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Hereford and Worcester
  • Hereforshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Humberside
  • Huntingdonshiore
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Leicstershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • London, County of Manchester, Greater
  • Meseyside
  • Middlesex
  • Midlands, West
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire
  • Somerset
  • Staffordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Suffolk, East
  • Suffolk, West
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Sussex, East
  • Sussex, West
  • Tyne and Wear
  • Warwickshire
  • Westmorland
  • Wight, Isle of
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Yorkshire, East Riding
  • Yorkshire, North Riding
  • Yorkshire, West Riding
  • Yorkshire, North
  • Yorkshire, South
  • Yorkshire, West

Part III: London Borough Repositories

Greater London

Barking and Dagenham

  • Valence Reference Library
  • Barking Central Library


  • Local History Library
  • Chipping Barnet Library
  • Church End (Finchley) Library


  • Bexley Libraries and Museum Department


  • Grange Museum of Local History


  • Bromley Central Library


  • Swiss Cottage Library
  • Holborn Library


  • Croydon Public Libraries


  • Local History Library


  • Local History Unit


  • Greenwich Local History and Archives Centre


  • Hackney Archives and Local History Department

Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Hammersmith and Fulham Archives


  • Haringey Libraries


  • Harrow Civic Centre Library


  • Havering Central Library


  • Hillingdon Local History Collection


  • Chiswick Public Library
  • Brentford Public Library
  • Hounslow Public Library
  • Feltham Public Library


  • Islington Central Library
  • Finsbury Library

Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of

  • Kensington Central Library
  • Chelsea Library

Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of

  • Kingston upon Thames Heritage Service


  • Lambeth Archives Department


  • Lewisham Library Service


  • Mitcham Library
  • Morden Library
  • Wembledon Reference Library


  • Local Studies Library


  • Redbridge Central Library

Richmond upon Thames

  • Richmond upon Thames Central Reference Library
  • Twickenham Reference Library


  • Southwark Local Studies Library


  • Sutton Central Library

Tower Hamlets

  • Tower Hamlets Central Library

Waltham Forest

  • Vestry House Museum


  • Battersea District Library

City of Westminster

  • Westminster City Archives Department
  • Marylebone Library Archives Department

Other Repositories

  • LDS Family History Centre (Staines)

Genealogical and Family History Societies

  • Central Middlesex Family History Society
  • North Middlesex Family History Society
  • West Middlesex Family History Society
  • Waltham Forest Family History Society
  • Woolwich and District Family History Society


Appendix: Useful Addresses


Maps (enlarged)

  • Pre-1974 Counties of England
  • Post-1974 Counties of England
  • Post-1965 London Boroughs


  • Supplement to Genealogical Resources in English Repositories (1992)
  • 1996 Supplement Update: Genealogical Resources in English Repositories

Tennessee to Get a New State Library & Archives Building?

The following excerpt is from the April 27, 2017 edition of

Chas Sisk over at WPLN-FM is reporting that Gov. Bill Haslam is asking for $50 million for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building. This is good, because their unofficial motto is “Everyone Who’s Ever Gotten Lost in Here Has Made It Out Alive as Far as We Know, but the Elevator Situation is Not Ideal.”

Sisk reports:
The goal is to build a modern research library near the new State Museum now under construction on Bicentennial Mall, says Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

“We’re going to be able to accommodate not only small groups of researchers who tend to use the library and archives, but school groups and college groups that come through. It’s going to be a tremendous resource to showcase our Tennessee history, just like the museum is.”

The state archives are currently held in a 65-year-old building next to the Capitol. Officials say its climate control system is outdated, and it doesn’t have enough public exhibition or storage space.

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Croatian Pre-1990 States Archives Held Documents to be Opened for Access

According to a May 5, 2017 article at the Total Croatia News website, this last Thursday, the Croatian Parliament adopted amendments to their Law on Archive Materials and Archives which will enable access to pre-1990 documents. The vote was 94 in favor, with 7 abstentions. The current constitution was adopted on 22 December 1990, and the amended law will allow access to State Archives documents created before that date.

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Louisiana’s Archives in ‘state of emergency’

The following excerpt is an article updated March 24, 2017 at

Louisiana’s archival and historical records are in a state of emergency, whose destruction “would represent nothing less than a devastating and irreparable loss” of the state’s historical and cultural heritage, according to historians who recently gathered for the Louisiana Historical Association’s annual conference.

An executive summary of the Louisiana Historical Association presented at the conference called Louisiana’s historical archives “endangered treasures.”

“They are more than scraps of yellowed paper and tattered leather-bound journals,” the summary stated. “Losing them will sever us off from our past and impair our ability to remain informed citizens, so critical to the functioning of democracy.”

About 50 historians attended the plenary session of the conference that discussed the state of Louisiana’s archives, hailing from several parishes in Louisiana as well as from Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Massachusetts and even Germany. More than 200 individuals registered for the total conference, according to James Wilson, the secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana Historical Association.

“We all love history, and we’re trying to protect it,” said Michelle Riggs, a panelist and archivist at LSU-Alexandria. “This is a call to arms. This is everyone’s history.”

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With $500K Gift, FGS Announces Completion of Fundraising for Preserve the Pensions

Wahoo! The following is from FGS:


September 1, 2016: Springfield, IL – Today at its annual conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced the receipt of a historic $500,000 anonymous contribution to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fundraising project. The unprecedented donation, which came from outside of the genealogical community, will be matched by, and in total provide $1 million to the project. Those funds, along with crowdsourced funds from the genealogical community have provided more than $3 million dollars to the project. With these donations, FGS officially has announced the completion of fundraising for “Preserve the Pensions,” the landmark community fundraising project.

The largest fundraising effort ever initiated for a single genealogical record set, Preserve the Pensions involved donations from more than 4,000 individuals and 115 genealogical and lineage societies. Each donation was generously matched by

“We are humbled and grateful for the generosity of the genealogical community and those outside of our community who are dedicated to the preservation of records, thank you!” noted D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “This historic gift, in-tandem with the thousands of contributions from individual genealogists and societies, illustrates the incredible power of the genealogical community – together we can make a difference.”

The War of 1812 pensions, among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), had never been microfilmed or digitized. Now, with fundraising complete for the project, and with ongoing cooperation from the project’s partners and major supporters, NARA, Ancestry, Fold3, and FamilySearch, these important documents will be made available free, forever to the general public. The project, set out to raise more than $3 million in 2010, an unprecedented amount for the genealogical community.

“It’s gratifying to see the fundraising portion of this project completed after five years, and now we look forward to ensuring these important records are preserved,” said Ancestry President and CEO Tim Sullivan. “This is a fantastic moment for FGS, the genealogical community, and future generations who will benefit from the perseveration of these rich pension records. We want to thank the more than 4,000 individuals who have contributed and are thrilled to play a matching role in this campaign.”

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents genealogical, historical, and lineage organizations throughout the United States. The Federation empowers the genealogical community through its annual conference, publications (including FGS FORUM) and projects. The Federation was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010 has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit

Dr. Sam Wheeler Has Been Appointed Illinois State Historian


According to an AP article posted at, Dr. Sam Wheeler has been appointed as the Illinois state historian. He will direct collections and research at the state historical library. Dr. Wheeler has been a research historian at the library, which is part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

It is planned that he will also head up efforts to use Illinois’ historical resources (museums, library collections & historic sites) to further educate the public concerning Illinois’ heritage.

Read all about it at:

Read another article about Dr. Sam Wheeler.

Pribilof Islands, Alaska Territory 1875-1910 Digitized Census Posted Online with Free Access


Every now an then we have census records turn up that were previously unavailable. The following teaser tells of just such a case. Looking for early Pribilof Islands, Alaska ancestors? If so, then you are going to like this.

Those who have experienced the frustration of trying to obtain historic information on individuals who lived in the Pribilof Islands around 1900 have reason to celebrate.

A set of very rare seven historic census records conducted between 1875 and 1910 on the Pribilof Islands have been released by The Alaska State Archives. Most pre-1900 federal censuses for communities in the state were lost.

These historic censuses document births, marriages, and deaths in some instances…

The Alaska State Archives has made it easy to access the digitized documents. Read the full article posted at to learn more and click on link for each of the digitized census books in PDF format.

National Archives of Ireland to Get an Upgrade

The following teaser was posted January 20, 2015 at

Heather Humphreys looking at documents in the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Photo: Douglas O'Connor.
Heather Humphreys looking at documents in the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Photo: Douglas O’Connor.

Some four million State files are set to have a new home as part of a new €8m redevelopment of the National Archives of Ireland.

The design and construction phase at the archives’ Dublin headquarters in Bishop Street will begin later this year, and will see an estimated 100 million pages stored in more suitable conditions.

It is also hoped the investment will allow for sufficient storage to accommodate a change to a 20-year rule for the release of State papers.

Launching the plans, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the expansion would transform the building into a “state-of-the-art” facility.

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Curt DiCamillo Appointed Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS

The following is from Henry Hornblower at NEHGS:

Curt DiCamillo lecturing at a Masterpiece event for Downton Abbey at WGBH Studios, Boston.
Curt DiCamillo lecturing at a Masterpiece event for Downton Abbey at WGBH Studios, Boston.

Boston, Massachusetts, January 11, 2016 ― Curt DiCamillo, the internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, has been appointed the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s (NEHGS) first Curator of Special Collections, a new position commencing February 29, 2016.

A longtime member of NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo has led highly successful heritage tours for the organization to England and Scotland, has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere. Previously, he was for many years Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, based in Boston, where he successfully raised over $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. In addition, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for 13 years. The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the leading nonprofit genealogical society in America, serving more than 150,000 constituents and millions of online users through its award-winning website,

“For more than 170 years, we have collected family-related objects along with genealogical source materials,” said Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS. “Curt DiCamillo is the perfect person to lead our efforts in collecting, stewarding, and widely communicating ― both online and in-person ― the importance of these special holdings to our members, scholars, art historians, and the public.” As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo will provide strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting the organization’s extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts, part of a larger collection of more than 28 million items held by the organization. The position has been created now in anticipation of the organization’s expansion into a second, adjoining building on Newbury Street in the Back Bay in the coming years. Mr. DiCamillo will also continue to lead a series of heritage tours for NEHGS both in the United States and abroad. “The field of family history is exploding, in large part through the leadership efforts of NEHGS,” said Mr. DiCamillo. “I am so pleased to be a part of telling the compelling story of our ancestors by interpreting objects, art, furnishings, and other artifacts collected by or given to this society, the founding genealogical organization in America. Our historic objects span centuries, cultures, and ethnicities, and are a wonderful tool to better understand the lives and times of our ancestors.”

Mr. DiCamillo’s award-winning website, “The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses,” seeks to document every English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish country house ever built, standing or demolished, together with a history of the families who lived in the houses, the architects who designed them, and the history of the collections or gardens. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and a member of the Advisory Board of Samuel T. Freeman & Co. of Philadelphia. In recognition of his work in the field of English country houses, Mr. DiCamillo has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and the Prince of Wales. His paternal ancestors hail from Italy; his maternal ancestors came from Warwickshire to Maryland in the 18th century. Mr. DiCamillo, a native of the Philadelphia area, grew up in Central Florida with his sister, the award-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

The National Archives Announces Partnership to Digitize WWII Aerial Photography

The following is from the National Archives Press/Journalists webpage.


November 2, 2015 Washington, DC… The National Archives today announced its partnership with the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) to digitize historic World War II aerial photography. For the first time, these historically valuable images will be made accessible online to anyone, anywhere.

This partnership marks the first digitization of the National Archives’ aerial film holdings. Under the partnership, NCAP will digitize more than 150,000 canisters of aerial film from the National Archives’ records of the Defense Intelligence Agency. These aerial photographs were taken by the U.S. Navy and Air Force for military reconnaissance and mapping projects.

More than 40,000 canisters of World War II aerial film will be the focus of digitization under the first stage of the five year pilot project. Once digitized, the public will be able to access these materials free of charge from National Archives research facilities nationwide. The National Archives will receive a copy of the digital images and metadata for inclusion in its online catalog.

The National Archives works with partners to digitize and make available National Archives holdings. These digitization partnerships provide increased access to historical government information through the increased availability of information technology products and services. See NARA’s Principles for Partnerships for more information. A list of current partnerships is online.

The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, holds one of the largest collections of aerial imagery in the world, estimated at more than 25 million aerial photographs. NCAP collects such records, in both digital and physical formats, to preserve them for generations to come, and to make them widely accessible. NCAP’s online digitized collection, valued by historians and researchers, is also used to help locate unexploded bombs from World War II and to identify contaminated land where development is being planned throughout Europe.

The U.S. National Archives is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Sacramento Archives Crawl This Saturday

The following is from the September 29, 2015 edition of


In celebration of American Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 5th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am to 4 pm. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is Powered by the Past.

Showcasing historic treasures from 23 Northern California institutions, special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations: California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

Crawling to the four host locations to view archival collections and to take behind-the-scenes tours will be easy and convenient since all locations are within downtown Sacramento. If needed, free transportation between host locations will also be provided via transit buses.

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The Massachusetts Archives is Out of Space

The following excerpt is from an AP article posted Sept. 13, 2015 at


…The [Massachusetts] archives, built in 1986 with the expectation that it would exhaust its space within 25 years, is bursting at the seams. Officials say the two-story facility at Boston’s Columbia Point has simply run out of room to store the state’s most valuable and timeless records.

The space crunch is triggering a domino effect that threatens to displace countless other public records of less permanent significance. Already the state archive has told other agencies it can’t take their day-to-day records any longer and will begin returning material by the box-load to agencies that in turn must find new places to store it — at costs that officials fear could run into the millions. Some of the material would be destroyed.

“At this point we can’t keep receiving records,” said Secretary of State William Galvin, whose office oversees the archives…

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100 Year Old Missouri Time Capsule Opened

The following excerpt is from the June 18, 2015 edition of

The contents of the Capitol’s 100-year-old time capsule were removed Thursday by conservators from the Missouri State Archives. Courtesy of the Office of Administration
The contents of the Capitol’s 100-year-old time capsule were removed Thursday by conservators from the Missouri State Archives. Courtesy of the Office of Administration

Missouri state workers donned masks and blue gloves with the care of surgeons to cut open the Capitol’s 100-year-old time capsule Thursday, revealing relics such as a Bible, photos of the Capitol’s groundbreaking ceremony and yellowed newspapers.

The box — placed inside the Capitol’s cornerstone June 24, 1915 — was opened in preparation for a ceremony marking the building’s 100th anniversary.

“This has been preserved incredibly well,” Cathy Brown, the Office of Administration’s facilities management, design and construction director, said as the box was opened.

OA staff did not invite members of the media or the general public to the unveiling, citing cramped quarters and concern for the aged items from the time capsule.

But in a move telling of advances in technology since the box was sealed, hundreds watched through the new live-streaming app for smartphones called Periscope as the century-old keepsakes delicately were lifted from the copper box.

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Texas Legislature Increased Appropriation of the State Library & Archives Commission by $7.6M for 2016-2017

The following teaser is from the June 25, 2015 edition of

The 84th Texas Legislature has increased the appropriation of the State Library and Archives Commission by $7.6M for the 2016-2017 biennium. The new funding includes resources to launch the Texas Digital Archive to preserve and make available electronic archives of state government as well as $6M to offer Texans greater access to online information via the popular TexShare and TexQuest programs. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission also gained funds in the new state budget to address salary needs and to implement a new automated accounting and payroll system.

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Anzacs’ (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Repatriation Records Released

The following teaser is from the June 12 PSNews Online:


The National Archives of Australia (NAA) has begun a $3.4 million project to mark the centenary of World War I, describing and digitising many of the Anzacs’ repatriation records, ensuring greater public access.

For many Anzacs, ongoing health problems – both physical and mental – often meant unemployment, disability, pain and suicide.

Director-General of the Archives, David Fricker said the details were preserved in more than 600,000 World War I repatriation records, held by the NAA.

Mr Fricker said they documented the medical care, welfare services and pensions provided by the Repatriation Department – now known as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs – and very few of the files had been viewed since their official use

Mr Fricker said more than 2,300 records had already been digitised and were available online by searching under the person’s name or service number.

He said staff and volunteers had also repackaged and described 150,000 records in the RecordSearch database…

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Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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