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University of Toronto - Robarts Library

The John P. Robarts Research Library, commonly referred to as Robarts Library, is the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries and the largest individual library in the university.

Opened in 1973 and named for John Robarts, the 17th Premier of Ontario, the library contains more than 4.5 million bookform items, 4.1 million microform items and 740,000 other items.

The library building is one of the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America. Its towering main structure rests on an equilateral triangular footprint and features extensive use of triangular geometric patterns throughout.

It forms the main component of a three-tower complex that also includes the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Claude Bissel Building, which houses the Faculty of Information. The library's imposing appearance has earned it the nickname of Fort Book.

Comprising fourteen storeys, plus two underground floors, the brutalist and futurist structure features raised podia and a suspended fourth floor. A mezzanine level physically connects Robarts Library to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library building at its southeastern side, and to the Claude Bissel Building, housing the Faculty of Information, at its northeastern side.

The concrete waffle slab floor plates are adorned with triangular-patterned tessellation. A hexagonal central circulation atrium is enclosed at the core of the building and through the middle of the mezzanine level. The gross area of the building is over 1,036,000 square feet.


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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- Genealogy, Wales -- History
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by Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
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by White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918
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Pt. 2. Germany
Topics: Germany -- History 1806-1918, genealogy
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Topic: genealogy
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by Walpole, Spencer, Sir, 1839-1907
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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by U.S. Library of Congress; U.S. Library of Congress. Catalog Division; Gilkey, Malina Anvers, comp. [and] ed
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Topics: United States -- Genealogy Bibliography, England -- Genealogy Bibliography
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: German literature -- History and criticism, Germany -- History 1789-1900, Germany -- Intellectual...
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by Thoroton Society; Kingsbridge History Society
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Topics: Nottinghamshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History To 1485, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History To 1485, genealogy
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
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by Staffordshire Record Society
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Staffordshire Record Society
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Staffordshire Record Society
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Staffordshire Record Society
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Staffordshire Record Society
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Topics: Archaeology -- Societies, etc, Somerset (England) -- Antiquities Societies, etc, genealogy
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by Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Topics: Archaeology -- Societies, etc, Somerset (England) -- Antiquities Societies, etc, genealogy
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Includes Annual report and list of subscribers
Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Smith, John Frederick, 1804?-1890; Howitt, William, 1792-1879
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v. 1. From the earliest period to the reign of Edward the fourth.--v. 2. From the reign of Edward IV to the death of Queen Elizabeth.--v. 3. From the accession of James I to the revolution of 1688.--v. 4. From the accession of William III to the death of George II.--v. 5. From the accession of George III to the French Revolution, July 1792.--v. 6. From the French Revolution, July 1792 to the death of George III, January 1820.--v. 7. From the accession of George IV to the Irish Famine, 1847.--v....
Topics: Great Britain -- History, Great Britain -- History Pictorial works, genealogy
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Topics: Archives -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography, Great Britain -- History Sources
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by Simon, John Smith, 1843-1933
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Topics: Wesley, John, 1703-1791, Methodism, England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Sandars, Mary Frances, 1864-
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Bibliography: p. xvii-xviii
Topics: Mary II, Queen of England, 1662-1694, Great Britain -- History William and Mary, 1689-1702,...
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Topics: Archives, England -- Genealogy
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Topics: Norfolk (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography, Norwich (England) -- Antiquities Bibliography,...
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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I. The Willoughby d'Eresby case and the rise of the Berties. The barony of Delawarr. Peerage cases in the Court of chivalry. The muddle of the law. Tales of the conquest. The House of lords.--II. Some 'Saxon' houses. The great Carrington imposture. The geste of John de Courcy. Heraldry and the gent
Topics: Bertrand family, Nobility -- Great Britain, Inheritance and succession -- Great Britain,...
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by Round, John Horace, 1854-1928
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Topics: Nobility -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- Biography Dictionaries, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: France -- History, genealogy
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by Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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by Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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by Powers, George Wightman, 1864-
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, genealogy
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by Phillimore, William Phillimore Watts, 1853-1913; Ruston-Harrison, C. W
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Cumberland, genealogy