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Personal Genealogy Update: Week 36

5 Sep

Last week was quite a good week for genealogy. I have been finding plenty of things to keep me occupied. There has been very little structure or logic, just picking off records or individuals as the mood takes me. This is certainly not a very efficient way of work (sometimes meaning I am going over old ground again) but it seems to be working for me at the moment.

I must be careful not to fall into the trap of doing nothing whilst waiting for things to arrive. I have orders out for copies of wills and a marriage licence allegation, and the danger is that I will use the fact that I am waiting for them to arrive as an excuse not to do any work.

I have discovered a batch of Framfield marriages which I had transferred to my spreadsheet, but I have not added all the details to my database. Most of these are HEMSLEYs and I have several marriages where the HEMSLEY is not on my database. There were lots of HEMSLEYs in Framfield, Sussex and I would imagine that all of them are relations, it is just that they haven’t been connected yet. That is one job for this week, connect them all up, in particular the ancestors and descendants of Trayton HEMSLEY.

I need to get down to some scanning this week, mostly postcards, but a few other family history bits and pieces. I am going to have to think of a way of getting more postcards on this blog, also I am still thinking about creating a database of my postcards, partly for my own reference and partly to enable them to be shared easier. This is the problem with going to the Picture Postcard Show, it fills me with all sorts of ideas, which I don’t have the time to carry out.

I might also restart the research I was doing on one of the local postcard photographers. I also want to start compiling a guide for dating British postcards, mainly for my own reference because I have yet to find a comprehensive guide to the many features of postcards that allow the approximate date to be worked out.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 21)

23 May

I made good progress on sorting out my hard drive this week, the TROWER surname folder is as good as done, and I got sidetracked and sorted through the MITCHELL surname folder as well.

Virtually all my research from the West Sussex Record Office three weeks ago has been transcribed, I still have one will to transcribe (Thomas PIERCEY) and I need to scan both of the copies of the wills, just in case I need to refer to them again.

There was no new research this, and I haven’t done any of the things I needed to do to restart my GEERING research, but I am confident that I will be back on track with that this week.

As well as the PIERCEY wills that I have to scan, I have quite a lot of other scanning to do, lots of postcards that need doing (some of which you will see in the coming weeks) and a few other bits and pieces. I will be pleased if I can get that completed this week.

  • Finish sorting out the TROWER folder and files.
  • Transcribe the will of Thomas PIERCEY.
  • Contact the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about the GEERINGs to see if they have any information.
  • Book a seat at the East Sussex Record Office and order the documents I need to view for my GEERING research.
  • Scan postcards and other documents.
  • Start working on sorting out the GEERING folder.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 16)

18 Apr

Last week I was a bit of a genealogical magpie, gathering all sorts of  information from various places (mainly local libraries) and taking loads of photos. The problem is that I have taken all this “shiny” information back to my nest and not done anything with it.

This week I really need to get this information sorted out, transcribed and where necessary entered into my family tree. This week I am going to try not to gather any more information until I have sorted out all the new stuff that I have recently acquired.

  • Sort out all the information I have gathered. Scan documents, transcribe my notes, update Family Historian and sort out the digital photos.
  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • Email East Sussex Record Office to find out which of the GEERING records I want to view are held onsite and which I need to order in.
  • Attend the South Coast Family History Fair on Sunday 25th April 2010 at Worthing, West Sussex.

That should be enough for this week. I really need to get my notes sorted out, and will be happy if I can complete that this week.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 13)

28 Mar

Last week it felt like I achieved quite a lot, although this might be because I had such a successful today on Saturday.

I got most of my scanned documents sorted, at least the ones that I wanted to. I still have some older ones to go back over and make sure that they are in the correct folders.

I expect to spend most of the week working on the GEERING family of Hailsham, Sussex. I have all the new material from Saturday’s trip to integrate into my research, plus some new leads to follow up on.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • More GEERING work. Sorting out stuff from Saturday and update my plans and to-do lists to take into account my latest discoveries.
  • I didn’t get around to creating a timeline for the GEERING family last week, so I need to try and do that this week.
  • I am hoping that the will of Ann GEERING arrives this week, this will hopefully prove the link to my GEERING ancestors in Lewes.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 10)

7 Mar

There seems to have been little time for genealogy last week. My job hunting continues with little success, although last week was more positive than previous weeks.

I don’t seem to have got much family history done, I seem to have been on a genealogical wind-down after Who Do You Think You Are? Live last weekend. I have made some significant discoveries this week, in Henfield churchyard and the West Sussex Record Office.

Gloucestershire records have occupied much of my time, and in particular my search for Winchcombe parish registers. Pub history didn’t get a look-in this week, and my take a back seat for a while.

This week I have a lot of information to get sorted out, not only what I gathered at the West Sussex Record Office, but also some family documents and photos uncovered by my father that need scanning.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • Scan the ‘new’ family documents and photos.
  • Sort through the information gathered at West Sussex Record Office and integrate it into my database.
  • Review my GEERING research in light of the latest information from the West Sussex Record Office.
  • I haven’t ordered my monthly ration of birth, marriage and death certificates yet. I need to decide who gets my money this month.
  • I would like to create a catalogue of my old maps collection, I love maps, both old and new, and often find old copies available cheaply, but have trouble remembering which ones I already have, so I need a list.
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