Use It or Lose It – A visit to East Sussex Record Office

19 Mar

It’s that time of year again. My holiday year runs out at the end of the month and if I don’t I use my last couple of days holiday then I will lose them. What better excuse than that to indulge in some family history research.

It was a beautiful day today, if a little chilly to start with, and I wondered whether I should have been walking rather than shutting myself away in East Sussex Record Office. The journey down to Lewes, East Sussex gave some splendid views of the South Downs. The short grass and low sun highlighting the curves and texture of hill-side, if I had been wearing my walking boots instead of my shoes then the day would have been completely different.

East Sussex Record Office

I can’t remember the last time I visited the East Sussex Record Office or any other archive for that matter, although I am sure looking back through my blog posts would tell me. Looking at my to-do list it was obvious that I hadn’t been to an archive for a long time.

There were a couple of high priority items for this visit concerning Finding Minnie, checking the marriage entry for Kate Allison and Patrick Vaughan and checking the baptism register for High Hurstwood.

After that the plan was to collect as much other data as possible and clearing as many items from my to-do list along the way.

One thing that became obvious whilst I was preparing for this visit was that my to-do list is not really up to the job, something that I am going to have to take another look at in the near future. At least I have a better idea of what is needed now.

I was quite pleased with myself when I used my Family Historian software on my netbook to quickly create an ad hoc to-do list for Brighton marriages to check. It would be very easy to do this with many other facts, but things could easily get out of hand. The question is not so much what don’t I know, but what do I want to find out.

All in all it was a good day, the record office was quiet (a shortage of staff and users) and I have come away with several pages of baptisms, marriages and burials for High Hurstwood, Framfield and Brighton that need processing and one important piece of evidence about Patrick Vaughan that will enable me to move my research forward.

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3 Responses to “Use It or Lose It – A visit to East Sussex Record Office”

  1. Yolanda Presant March 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Good for you John! You could maybe combine the two activities sometime (walking and researching). It is so easy to get hunkered down on the computer which is not healthy at all. I am just writing down on the blog what I already have and then will continue with pressing issues. For us, I think there is always a stack of paperwork that needs sorting! At least that’s the most common thing I hear. As summer approaches, it will be harder and harder to stay inside. British Columbia is so spectacular in the summer, one is spoiled for choice!

    • John Gasson March 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      The hills looked so very inviting yesterday, I know I will get chance to do some proper walking as the weather improves. Getting the balance right is the important thing.

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