Useful Websites: Nursing History and First Names

Author:  JayB [ Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Useful Websites: Nursing History and First Names

Once again I've been spending too much time online...

These sites might be of interest to writers, as well as anyone with a general interest in the subjects.

The Royal College of Nursing website has historic nursing journals online from 1888 to the 1950s:
The ones I've browsed have much fascinating information about nursing as a career, and about the nursing of patients with specific conditions. In 1914-1918 there's quite a bit about nursing in wartime, with some firsthand accounts of nurses' experiences in various theatres of war. There's also quite a lot on the politics of nursing, as in the period I was reading nurses were seeking State Registration.

And for anyone who wants an impression of what names were popular in England and Wales from 1837 onwards, you can browse the indexes to registers of births:
Select 'View Images' then make selections as prompted. These aren't statistical tables, but alphabetical lists of the names of all babies registered in each quarter. Caroline Rose Bennett, I think, would have been the girl everyone admired and wanted to be friends with. Margaret Hunter Ray sounds like a potential Head Girl.

Author:  SMG [ Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful Websites: Nursing History and First Names

thanks, Jay! Have bookmarked the site and foresee many happy hours of browsing!

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