The Packard collection (comprising 3 boxes, 20 files, 6 notebooks and a card index) was compiled by Brigadier John Joseph Packard (1910-1993) and was donated to the Society by his widow Faith. Obituaries of the Brigadier appeared in The Times and Daily Telegraph on 20 August 1993.
Brigadier Packard began his genealogical research in 1961 on his retirement from the army. Much of this collection consists of correspondence with Packards worldwide, either personal correspondence or circular letters sent at Christmas. Many of these contacts were made as a result of sales of his book on the history of the family (which can be found on the library's family history shelves FH/PAC).
The collection has been weeded and now consists largely of correspondence with at least a modicum of genealogical interest relating to Packard families in Suffolk and abroad (America, Canada,Australia and New Zealand). As well as the correspondence there are some certificates and a few photographs and notebooks.
Data relating to living people has been redacted. The Society would like to express its thanks to Giles Colchester for preparing the index to this collection and scanning the documents.
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE CARD INDEX
+ = his or her mark
AL = Agricultural labourer
b buried or baptised
bapt = baptised
Bisa= Biographical index of South Australians
bso= born son of
chr = christened
cyi = church yard inscription
d= death / died OR daughter
do= daughter of
-do- = ditto
EADT = East Anglian Daily Times
HTR = Hearth Tax Return
I&ESRO =Ipswich & East Suffolk Records Office
itpo = in the presence of
mbb = marriage by banns
P = Packard
PR = parish records
qv = quod vide = for which see another card
s = son
so = son of
Packard special collection index
Index to the Packard special collection prepared by Giles Colchester. For further information about the Packard special collection click on the + symbol to the left of 'Record details' above.