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Preparing to visit the Hampshire Record Office: Part 2

17 Mar

So now that I know I am going and how I am getting there I need to think about exactly what I want to find out on my visit, to make sure I get the most out of my time there.

I guess these are what in the grand scheme of things would be my “goals” or “objectives”. Admittedly I had a pretty good idea of why I was going in the first place otherwise I wouldn’t have got this far, but it always helps to put into words what you want to find out.

Research Objectives

  1. Trace the movement of William Henry and Harriet MITCHELL and their children across Hampshire between 1860 and 1901 (and possibly beyond).
  2. Find the parents and siblings of William Henry MITCHELL and his wife Harriet WRIGHT.

The first objective was my main reason for planning this visit, as the movement of the family across Hampshire is quite appealing to me (especially for someone who has spent the last 36 years in the same village) and I am hoping that this aspect of the family history will enable me to interest other members of the family in my research.

The second objective will obviously enable me to push my family history back another generation and will tell me if I need to spend more time in Hampshire or whether I shall be looking elsewhere. Once I have discovered this next generation I will be able to do some more research back in the comfort of my own home, in preparation for another record office visit.

The next planning phase is to break these objectives down and identify the most likely sources I am going to need to consult.

to be continued…

Preparing to visit the Hampshire Record Office: Part 1

15 Mar

To get me through the working week, I am starting to look forward to a visit to the Hampshire Record Office at Winchester next Saturday.

1. Practicalities

Check their website (http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives.htm)

  • Are they open when I want to visit?
  • Do they hold the information I am after?
  • Do I need to book a seat in advance?
  • What form of identity do I need?
  • Where are they located in relation to the railway station?

Check transport (http://nationalrail.co.uk)

  • What time are the trains?
  • Is there engineering work that is going to make the journey too long?
  • How much is it going to cost?
  • Can I get there cheaper by going at a different time?
  • Would it be cheaper to pay someone else to do the work?
  • How long am I going to be able to spend at the record office?

So once I know the details of how I can get there and it is still worth me going, I can move on to the next stage of planning, which is defining what I actually want to find out when I am there…

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