A search of the North Yorkshire County Record Office online catalogue using their "Quick Catalogue Search" box resulted in 32 "hits" for the surname Elgie.
Clicking on each one in turn brings up more details, including reference numbers which are needed to order copies of the full document.
Not being able to find an online form or method of ordering documents online I wrote to the
the North Yorkshire Archives (Archives@northyorks.gov.uk) with this email:
Thank you for any help you can offer me.Can I send you a list of document numbers by email to order copies?There are 5 items - here is one example:I was not able to find how to submit my request for copies. I am happy to have digital copies sent by email but I can accept them in any format you use.HelloI have found several records for my ELGIE family that I would like to order from your online index of your catalogue.
1818 papers for the opinion of the Justices relating to the petitions of John White and William Elgie insolvent debtors [2 items] [North Riding of Yorkshire Quarter Sessions. Easter Quarter Sessions. Document QSB 1818 2/14]
It didn't take long before I received an email from the North Yorkshire County Record Office with the following information:
If you would like to order copies, payment can be made by cheque payable to North Yorkshire County Council and sent to us at The County Record Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8TB. We can also accept payment by credit or debit card (except American Express), but we advise that you let us know card details by post or telephone, as we cannot guarantee the security of information sent electronically. Our telephone number is 01609 777585.Next I mailed (old school postal) my request along with my credit card information and within a few weeks I had copies of five documents ranging from 1797 to 1822 for the Elgie ancestor of interest. The cost for those five documents was $20.00 Canadian. How amazing is that! And from the documents I learned, among other things, that my husband's 5th great-grandfather William Elgie was in debtor's prison in York when he requested a pardon so he could leave prison and repay his debts.
If you have North Yorkshire ancestors you should give this site a good look.