Ancestry.com pairs with IALS on historic digitisation project

Ancestry.com has paired with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on a project to digitise over 400 bound volumes comprised of correspondence, candidate lists and examination results from 1832–1984, passed from The Law Society to the IALS by Deed of Gift in 2007.  Digitisation took place in 2021 using equipment supplied by Ancestry.com and was overseen by archivist Zoë Karens who has worked with IALS on a number of projects.

IALS Librarian David Gee commented, ‘I am very pleased that Ancestry has digitised our unique archive collection of the Law Society's examination papers. They will now be accessible for free by researchers around the world and will help to protect these fragile materials for the future. We hope that digitising this material will mean quicker and more productive access to these fascinating records than has hitherto been possible.’

The collection and index will be available from the Ancestry.com site and for free from the IALS website in due course.