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Weekly Genealogy Preview (for week 49)

29 Nov

Most of the week was pretty quiet, but I made up for it yesterday with almost a whole day devoted to family history. My Christmas Tree Project will be my main priority this week, both searching and working on the presentation of the chart.

  • Continue working on the Christmas Tree project, filling in missing details. This week will mainly be the East Sussex side of my tree, around Framfield, Blackboys and Buxted. I noticed the other day that I am missing lots of death dates for my ancestors from there.
  • I still haven’t prepared a plan for a visit to the London Family History Centre. I put off a visit this weekend to give me more time to prepare, but I am rapidly running out of time.
  • I need to create headshots of my ancestors to appear in my Christmas Tree chart. Cropping the photos I have and linking them into Family Historian. Also create a generic “missing photo” headshot.
  • I also need to work on the text scheme for the chart boxes, trying to make the data I have look neat and tidy, be easy to read and informative.
  • Try and clear some more paper from the stuff to sort folder. There are no large collections left in it now, so it is just a question of picking out one page at a time and deciding what to do with it, before I throw it away.

Genealogy Saturday

28 Nov

As I haven’t got much family history done this week I have decided that today is going to be a genealogy day. I have a couple of other jobs to do about the house, but apart from that I am going to get on with my Christmas Tree Project and a bit of filing.

It feels so good to be sitting down in front of my computer and to be able to devote a serious amount of time to family history.

It feels so self-indulgent. No travelling, no Christmas shopping, just genealogy and perhaps a few blog posts. Bliss!

Fiddling with my Christmas Tree

26 Nov

Last night I got distracted and started fiddling with the layout of the chart for my Christmas Tree Project. I was mainly looking at the layout within the boxes on the chart, experimenting with some different options and wondering about whether to include photos or not.

My big concern is that I don’t really have enough photos of my ancestors, so those ancestors that I do have photos for will stand out more (and receive more attention) than those that I don’t.

I had planned to use a headshot of the individual, to try and get some sort of standardisation across the chart, and when I tried it out on a couple of people I thought it worked quite well.

To try introduce some standardisation, I would like to include a generic image of the same size as the headshot, for those individuals where there is no actual photo. The next question is what should that image be? The size of the image will be 120 pixels by 150 pixels, the same as the photos. The problem is that I can’t decide what to put in image.

I did think a silhouette or outline of a headshot would be good, but after a quick search online I couldn’t find any that I liked, most seemed to have hats or fancy hair which would make them stand out too much and probably not representative of my ancestors.

I did wonder about a few words such as “No photo available” or ‘”Do you have a photo of this ancestor?”. If the text is greyed-out then it shouldn’t detract too much, but to me it still seems a little too cluttered and not really necessary.

I did think I might just put in a large question mark, greyed-out so it doesn’t stick out too much. I think a question mark would get the message across, that I don’t know what they looked like.

What do you think? Have you had the same issue with a chart? What do you do when you have no photo of an ancestor? Am I worrying too much?

Another Christmas Tree Project update

25 Nov

Time has nearly run out for my Christmas Tree Project, I think I have about two and a half weeks before I have to stop and get it printed.

I did a trial run a couple of days ago, creating a large scale pdf chart that I should be able to get printed, at a normal print and copy shop without too much hassle. Using my Family Historian software it is quite straight forward to create the chart.

The research side of things is still ongoing, I have pretty much given up on find the three 4x great-grandparents that are still missing, although I may still be in with a chance of finding the mother of Sarah LAY if I can find her baptism record.

I still need to order a birth certificate for one of the children of Thomas and Rebecca BATEMAN to try and confirm Rebecca’s maiden name, although I am pretty certain it is TOWNSEND it would be nice to confirm it once and for all.

Other than that it is pretty much a case of filling in more gaps. Most recently I have been working through my ancestors making sure I have all the birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial details for them where possible. Most of these are not going to be exact dates, because I can’t afford to buy dozens of birth, marriage and death certificates.

In terms of census details I don’t think there is much more that needs finding, as I think I already have most of them, but I will have to have another check in a week or so just to make sure.

Next week I need to start work on the actual text scheme that is going to appear in the boxes on the chart. I am thinking about leaving out photos, because I don’t have enough of them, but I need to make a decision on that soon.

Even with the information that I have on my the tree so far I think it is going to look quite impressive, or at least I think it will, whether my relatives will be similarly impressed remains to be seen.

Weekly Genealogy Preview (for week 48)

22 Nov

Time is running out for my Christmas Tree Project, so much of my focus last week was on filling in gaps in my data, and this coming week will be much the same. I didn’t totally neglect my stuff to sort folder and I can at last see the end of it, probably not during the next couple of weeks, but certainly before the end of the year.

  • Carry on filling in the gaps in the data for my 4x great-grandparents and for any other of my ancestors that I can easily fill in.
  • More work out of the stuff to sort folder, most of my notes on George Thomas GASSON have been sorted, so now most of the large sections are complete.
  • I still need to prepare for a visit to the London Family History Centre, possibly next weekend, my last chance to find the missing individuals for my Christmas Tree Project.
  • Continue preparing my new PC, the GenTower. I need to go through my current PC and make a list of all the software I use, and which I need to uninstall and which I need to download.

Weekly Genealogy Preview (for week 47)

15 Nov

I didn’t touch my stuff to sort folder last week, largely due to spending most of my time updating my 4x great-grandparents, and getting sidetracked into looking at William HOLMAN and his large family.

  • This week I will definitely get the George Thomas GASSON stuff in the stuff to sort folder organised.
  • I think I will carry on working through my 4x great-grandparents filling in as many gaps as possible.
  • I need to prepare a plan for a visit to the London Family History Centre. This will probably be my last chance to find any missing details before I have to get my family tree printed.
  • The work I did on Ernest Arthur TROWER has made me want to find out more, I know there is not a lot more to be found out, but it would nice to try and find some more.

Time to declare a brick wall in the search for Susannah POCOCK

14 Nov

Having spent several hours at the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester today, I feel that I have pretty much exhausted all my options in my search for the parents of Susannah POCOCK and have no option but to officially declare her a brick wall.

Despite having good data from the census and her death and burial which places her birth in Micheldever, Hampshire around 1808, I have been unable to find a record of her baptism, which is probably the only way I am going to be able to find the name of her parents.

Although I am going to declare Susannah a brick wall there are a few leads that might be worth following up on, in fact there are three possible children or parents that could be a match. I will post about them over the next few days, in case someone recognises them.

I sought the advice of a member of staff at the Hampshire Record Office, and she confirmed what I already thought, that I have pretty much exhausted all the possible avenues of research.

It looks like I am going to have to live with a gap in my Christmas Tree Project at least for the foreseeable future anyway and I am sure that the gap in my tree will become a talking point in itself. The story behind the gap will probably be more interesting than the lives of some of my other ancestors.

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