Tag Archives: notes

Letting my filing fall behind again

21 Mar

I have another confession to make. I have let my filing fall behind again. It is not a big deal really but I really would like to get things back in order. My filing backlog consists of a plastic folder which contains the notes from various archive visits that I have made over the last couple of months.

I have a pretty good (or so I think) system for dealing with them. I record the details in two places, my family history software and also on Excel spreadsheets and then throw away the notes. In theory this means I am covered if one or other of the files get corrupted, hopefully I will only lose one copy (there are multiple backups as well).

This system works well for me if I am disciplined enough to stick to it. For some reason over the last couple of months I have not been sticking to it, and this week I really need to focus on clearing folder.

It shouldn’t take long. It is should only be a couple of evening’s work, but these things usually take longer because I can’t stick to just entering the new data. I always end up going online and trying to find more information.

For example if I enter a baptism record I will then go off in search of a birth registration, and if it is an uncommon name then I might also look for a marriage or death registration. Then I might look for an army service record or a probate record and what should have taken a minute or two ends up taking nearer half an hour.

Discipline is once again the key here, rather than getting distracted and heading off at a tangent I need to do the obvious thing and record them as to-do items so that I can follow them up at a later date.

This is a perfect job for me this week, whilst I wait for a copy of the marriage certificate of Thomas NICHOLLS and Martha DRAPPER and ponder over what to do next with Ann HARMES. Hopefully by this time next week I will have it done, and will be proudly telling you how pleased I am to be organised again.

Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: The Workshops

13 Mar

In this series of posts I hope to provide you with some of the highlights from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.

There were a wide range of workshops over all three days of the show. There were seven simultaneous strands (including the Ancestry.co.uk Academy and TheGenealogist).

By my reckoning there were 145 talks (not including the Sunday Conference)across all three days, some of these were duplicates, for instance, all the celebrity interviews took place twice, and most of the talks at the Ancestry.co.uk Academy and TheGenealogist were repeated on all three days.

I could only attend a fraction of the talks on offer, and those that I did were excellent presentations. I didn’t attend any of the SOG (Society of Genealogists) Regional, DNA Workshop, Ancestry.co.uk Academy or TheGenealogist talks, either through clashes in the programme or lack of relevance to my research.

My only complaint would be with the screens in SOG2 and SOG3 which were a bit too low, so the bottom of the screen was not visible from the back of the audience.

The Society of Genealogists have made available a selection of handouts or notes from some of the speakers on their website. Although it is not the same as attending the talks in person, there is still some interesting information and useful resources there, well worth taking the time to have a look through. Some of the highlights are:

  • More Than Scraps and Paste (Maureen Taylor)
  • My top 10 websites (John Hanson)
  • World War One Army Service Records (Chris Watts)
  • My ancestor was a shopkeeper (Sue Gibbons)
  • Using the census records online (Peter Christian)
  • Finding and Using Parish Records (Else Churchill)
  • Looking at family pictures 1850-1940 (Jayne Shrimpton)
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 119 other followers

%d bloggers like this: