Proving to myself it is worth getting organised

26 Aug

As if to prove my point from yesterday that organising my files is going to make my research more efficient, I discovered something last night that had me throwing up my hands in frustration.

I was reviewing a report of my 3x great grandparents Ambrose VINALL and Sarah FRENCH. I had some census images that I had printed, but I hadn’t got digital copies, so I saved them to my hard drive. Looking closer at the images and the report I realised that the addresses were in Buxted.

Less than a week ago I had been wandering around Buxted, looking for my DRIVER and HEMSLEY ancestors, and I could have added another five or six addresses to my hit list. At least a couple of these addresses were places I remember walking past (Stonehouse and Maypole Farm), I could have quite easily got a photo or two whilst I was there.

In 1841 Sarah FRENCH was living with her parents Joseph and Hannah FRENCH in Buxted, Sussex. The specific address was Five Ash Down, I say specific, but there were several households at the same address, so probably better described as a community rather than an address. Anyway, when I got off the bus last week at Five Ash Down (opposite the Pig and Butcher pub) I would have sworn that I had never heard of the place before. Yet several months ago I had located three ancestors living there, but they had been forgotten in the intervening months. There was not a lot to see in Five Ash Down but I would have taken a couple of photos looking up and down the street if I had known.

Now I have two more things to do, go back to Buxted and get some photos, and set up a list (or a custom report in Family Historian) that will list all the places in an area that I am visiting, so I don’t get caught out again.

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