For what seems like too long we in the UK have been getting our fix of Ancestry news from the US blog over at Ancestry.com, but now we have our very own blog for Ancestry.co.uk.
The most recent post, by Annabel Bernhardt the PR Manager for Ancestry.co.uk, is about the latest collection to be released on the UK site, Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847. If only I had some Irish ancestors to research!
It is going to be good hearing about the latest UK collections and finding out more details directly from Ancestry.co.uk themselves, and I look forward to reading future posts.
Last night I realised that this blog would be one year old today, I knew it was coming up but forgot to let Geneabloggers know. So happy birthday The Wandering Genealogist.
Given I have just spent the last three days up at Olympia it is quite ironic that my first post, on the 1st March 2009, was about Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009. I can see how my blog has changed over the year, and I am sure it will continue to change, evolve and perhaps expand over the forthcoming years.
When I started I decided that I would try and publish at least one post a day, and I am pleased to say that I did, my count for the last 12 months is 484 posts. I wouldn’t say it has always been easy, sometimes the words just kept flowing, but other times it was a real struggle and was glad that I have a postcard collection to fall-back on!
I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog, especially to those of you who have left comments or emailed me, and if you haven’t there is still plenty of time left to do so!
Special mention should go to Alex at the Winging It blog, whose comments in the early days of my blog reassured me that people were reading my blog and inspired me to keep blogging (although I don’t think I have ever seriously thought about giving up).
I’ve noticed in the last couple of weeks that I have been finding it harder and harder to blog. It is not that I don’t have the time, it is just that the ideas don’t seem to come so easy and writing posts is more of an effort.
Perhaps after six months of daily posting the novelty and excitement of being a genealogy blogger is wearing off, or maybe it is just fatigue. However, it struck me today that there could be another reason. It occurred to me that this blogging “slump” has coincided with my switch from mainly researching to mainly organising.
Theoretically I can see that my creativity might be greater whilst I am actually researching and my brain is firing on all cylinders, rather than during the mundane tasks of sorting, scanning and filing, but could this actually be the reason?
I think I need to hurry up and get this filing sorted out, just in case my brain seizes up altogether!
Hmmm, looking back at last week’s goals it seems that I didn’t really manage to achieve most of them, but tomorrow is a bank holiday so I have an extra day off this week to try again.
- This week I want to get my paperwork down to just three folders, one of original documents, one of general research material (although I am having second thoughts about keeping that one as well) and one where I need to scan or transcribe the information (some of that is gong to take some time). I still have another folder with filing materials (dividers and punched pockets) that I have salvaged from the other folders, and can’t bare to part with just yet, but that doesn’t count.
- I still want to tidy up this blog. I haven’t got around to doing much work on it recently, other than posting. I have quite a few ideas for things I want to do, but it is just a question of finding time to do it.
- I still haven’t been for a walk around Nuthurst, Sussex. I want to visit the church and New House Farm, but again it is just a question of finding the time to do it.
- I really need to sort out the bookmarks on my PC. There are two reasons for this, firstly they are getting a bit out of hand and unmanageable (the need sorting into sub-folders or sub-sub-folders). The second reason is that I want to copy them over to my netbook, but I would rather they were better organised before I did it.
- Next Saturday I am hoping to visit the Picture Postcard Show in London. I need to produce a list of places and subjects that I want postcards of, aside from my main collecting interests. Also I need to get a research plan in place should I have time after the show to pop into the City of Westminster Archives just up the road.