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Personal Genealogy Update: Week 29

18 Jul

Based on last week it is hard to see how I am going to get much family history done in the near future. My new job, or rather travelling to my new job, is taking up far too much of my time.

The only bit of family history I did was looking at the new Australian BMDs on Ancestry.com.au. I did find some useful information about the BATEMANs, but I didn’t even get that finished. Although I was supposed to have been reviewing my research last week, I didn’t even get around to that.

That was about the limit of my family history. I managed to watch the first episode of Victorian Pharmacy on the BBC (well worth watching), but I haven’t caught up with Susan Sarandon on WDYTYA? US yet (I think I have one day left to catch it on the iPlayer).

If I get chance this week I am going to finish off with the Australian BMD and the BATEMANs. Rather than review my research this week, I need to actually step back and review my daily routines. As I try and establish a new daily routine, I need to work out how I can include family history into that routine.

I am glad I bought a netbook last year, so I can take my research with me on the bus and train, but ultimately I think it means I have to be more organised and define my priorities, not just with my family history but within all aspects of my life.

Personal Genealogy Update: Week 28

11 Jul

Family history took a bit of a back seat last week, I did do some work on the HEMSLEY family of Framfield, Sussex but my job hunt took priority. The end result was that I start full-time work again on Tuesday.

This changes things some what. I have become used to being pretty flexible about my research and to some extent my walking, being able to do pretty much what I wanted when nothing was happening with my job hunt.

I now need to re-think my family history plans. I won’t be able to get to the archives so frequently, and will have to balance visits to the archives with the desire to go walking. It is not a big deal really, it just means going back to how things were at the end of last year. It probably means that I will need to be a bit more organised and plan ahead more carefully for visits to the archives.

This week I am going to have a review of my research and the projects I have been working on, and see which ones I am going to be able to pursue from home and which are going to need to be put on hold for a while.

Personal Genealogy Update: Week 27

4 Jul

After the last few weeks I was beginning to wonder if I had lost my enthusiasm for family history, but I am pleased to say I have regained it at last. I feel like things have started moving in the right direction again.

It helped that I visited a couple of ancestral churches on my last section of the South Downs Way, but really I think it was down to forcing myself to actually sit down and do some research. I made progress on a couple of the projects that I had set myself last week, although I didn’t do any more on the Australian BATEMAN family.

Best of all I have a bundle of papers (mostly HEMSLEY marriages) that need sorting out, which should keep me busy for a couple of weeks, sorting out who is who and entering all the details into my database. I have also started a couple more projects, which was inevitable really, but I need to try not to get too bogged down, trying to juggle too many projects at the same time.

This week I am going make a start on that bundle of papers, and see where that leads me. Also I need to try and find out more about Arthur Leonard JESSOP, was there any connection with my grandfather?

I have been feeling the urge to write more about Sussex, the county I call home. For example, I have seen so many things on my recent walk along the South Downs Way that are worthy of more detailed descriptions. I don’t think I am going to be able to keep it genealogy related, so this may mean starting another blog. I really want to make a decision this week.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 12)

21 Mar

Another week passed with very little actual research achieved and very little sorting and organising achieved either. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing any work, most of my time has been spent on planning and background reading.

I really need to get some sorting out this week, before I do any more serious research and make matters worse. My organising has slowed almost to a standstill, and I really need to get back into a routine again of systematically going through my files and folders.

I continue to be amazed at how many leads keep turning up in my GEERING research, I now have three certificates to process, which are presenting some interesting questions and answers. Hopefully this week will also see the arrival of the will of Ann GEERING.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames, especially the recently scanned documents.
  • Continue pulling together all my plans for researching the GEERING family of Hailsham, Sussex. The number of archives I need to visit is growing on a weekly basis, although it is probably going to be the East Sussex Record Office that will be the most important.
  • I have three GEERING certificates to process and two wills (and a possible third one arriving this week). There are a few other facts that I need to record as well.
  • I feel it is time that I put together a narrative or timeline for the GEERING family. This will hopefully help clarify my research plans and form the basis of a proper narrative which I hope will be the end result of my research.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 11)

14 Mar

Last week was a much better week for my genealogy, not that I really achieved a great deal in terms of adding people to my family tree (I blame Google Street View in part for that).

What happened is that I got sucked into researching the GEERING family from Hailsham, Sussex. It is proving an interesting challenge, there are several leads that I need to follow up and have been preparing for a visit to both the East Sussex Record Office and The National Archives. I have ordered three certificates (more about them in another post) and a copy of a will, which may give me further clues.

I did continue sorting out some more stuff on my hard drive, but I need to devote more time to that, I have lots of new scanned images which need naming and filing correctly.

So this week I intend to:

  • Continue working on the GEERINGs of Hailsham. In particular I want to get the information from the two wills from the West Sussex Record Office included in Family Historian.
  • Contact Hailsham library to find out what local history resources they hold. What books do they hold? Any photographs? Copies of parish registers?
  • Find out if anyone has recorded monumental inscriptions for Hailsham churchyard and Hailsham cemetery.
  • Work out how and when I can get to Hailsham to visit the library, the church, the cemetery and to try and find what remains if anything of the GEERING’s shop.
  • Continue working on a list of records in preparation for a visit to the East Sussex Record Office and The National Archives. Work out when I am going to get the chance to visit them!
  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames, especially the recently scanned documents.
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