So, a workshop at a recent UCCN (Unitarian Communication Co-ordinators Conference) at The Nightingale Centre in Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, prompted me to re-visit this blog. I haven’t made a great deal of progress with my family history over the past year – “life” seems to have got in the way. But I do think it’s time I reviewed where I’m up to and what I need to do next.
My first job should be to update my family history software … which may mean updating my computer … so what I will do instead is get out the paper files and remind myself of what I know and what I want to find out.
Another task will be to get out the three boxes of old photos passed on to my dad by his late cousin, and write down the names of the people in the photos whilst my dad still stands some chance of remembering who they are, or more to the point remembering their names.
Whilst I haven’t done a great deal on my own family history, I have been helping out a friend with her family history, and have come across some online resources which are new since I last researched some of my ancestors. There is now access to databases, and a much more helpful search format, for ex-servicemen (those killed in battle and those who returned). I don’t know of many military people in my family, but there is the odd one and it would be good to follow up to see if there are any clues in the online databases. The BBC History site has some useful information about Researching Military Records.
One ancestor (also my dad’s godmother) emigrated to Australia to marry – and I think we will now be past the (?) 70 year limit on requesting copies of records. So another very practical task to get on with. The National Library of Australia and the Australian Government websites are useful starting points. I’ve also found Trove, an Australian national newspaper archive, a treasure trove of useful articles.
And to finish, it would perhaps be helpful to post a reminder of the main family names I’m researching: Bennett (CON/LAN); Bottomley (WRY/LAN); Sanderson (LAN/originally Scotland); Titterington (WRY/LAN). (See http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/archive/index.php/f-25.html for keys to the Chapman county code abbreviations, ie CON, LAN, WRY, for England).