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My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 20)

16 May

It was another bad week for genealogy last week, I don’t think I can cross anything off last week’s to-do list. The problem was that I had under estimated the amount of time it would take to sort through my TROWER folder.

I have nearly finished sorting through the TROWER folder, but it has taken a lot longer than I thought. I suppose this is where I first started researching many years ago, so it is not really that surprising that there should be so much material in the folder.

Many of the files have since been rendered obsolete, so they have just been deleted, and a fair few of the files have been extracted and moved to other surname folders where they belong.

So this coming week I going to be pretty much cutting and pasting last weeks to-do list, with a couple of tweaks.

  • Sort out and capture all the information collected at the West Sussex Record Office (now over a week ago) and update my to-do list.
  • I still need to contact the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about my GEERINGs to see if they might have some records for my research.
  • Book a seat at the East Sussex Record Office and order the documents I need to view for my GEERING research.
  • Finish sorting through the TROWER folder and then move on to the GEERING folder.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 19)

9 May

Last week was an interesting week, I devoted much time going through my digital files, and have made very good progress in getting them sorted. I am now left with 20 surname folders left to sort out. The problem is that these 20 folders are the biggest and most disorganised folders.

I didn’t get any work done in relation to the GEERING family. I fear I am losing momentum on this particular project, so this week I really must get things moving again.

I spent too much time last week looking at websites on trig points and benchmarks. At least I thought it was far too much time, but it was interesting and enjoyable, and I think I might have a new project coming out of it, so in retrospect it probably wasn’t too much time.

By the end of the week I felt I needed to get out and do some proper research, so I took a visit to the West Sussex Record Office to try and tie up some loose ends. Now I have a pile of papers to sort out as well as my digital files.

  • Sort out and capture all the information collected at the West Sussex Record Office, and update my to-do list.
  • I still need to contact the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about my GEERINGs to see if they might have some records for my research.
  • Book a seat at the East Sussex Record Office and order the documents I need to view for my GEERING research.
  • I am going to tackle ten folders this week, eight of the smaller ones, the TROWER folder, and the GEERING folder (that should help me focus back on where my GEERING research is going).

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 18)

2 May

I failed to achieve most of what I set out to do last week. I haven’t got in touch with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about my GEERINGs and I didn’t create an “exit strategy” for my GEERING research either.

However, I don’t feel too disappointed because I got quite a bit of organising done on my hard drive. I was supposed to have been coming up with a schedule for sorting my files and folders, but instead I just dived straight in and got on with it.

I made quite a pleasing dent in the list of folders to sort and I am going to continue this week. I do have a sort of plan and would like to get my hard drive organisation completed by the end of May. I don’t see myself doing any new research this week, only dealing with stuff I already have.

  • Go through a dozen folders on my hard drive and sort out the contents, updating Family Historian and adding stuff to my to-do list.
  • Contact the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain about my GEERINGs to see if they might have some records for my research.
  • Define an “exit strategy” for my GEERING research, deciding how much more work I want to do on the family before moving on.
  • I didn’t get around to tidying up my computer desk and the spare bedroom, so I must to that this week.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 15)

11 Apr

Last week was unusual, it felt like I was not doing much genealogy but by the end of the week I think I had achieved quite a bit. Having said that it is hard to actually quantify what I have done.

Much of my time seems to have been spent thinking about GASSONs and GEERINGs, with a quick look at some MITCHELLs.

  • The will of Ann GEERING has arrived, and I need to process that and decide where to go next with the GEERINGs of Hailsham, Sussex.
  • Review my research into Ellen NICHOLLS, trying to find out what I can do to put right my previous mistake and where I can go now.
  • Transcribe all my notes from Saturday morning’s visit to the Centre for Kentish Studies. Create another plan for finding the parents of John GASSON (my 5x great-grandfather) based on the findings.
  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames. This week I will focus on the GASSON and MITCHELL families. I have so many loose ends that need tying up.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 14)

4 Apr

Last week was another quite productive week, as well as continuing to sort through my files I have done a bit of work on the ANSCOMBE family and continued to work on the GEERING family.

I have been thinking about what I was going to do next after I finish with my current GEERING research project. My wife keeps asking me about where the GASSON name comes from, so that was always looking likely to be the next project.

That was confirmed this week when I was contacted by three distant cousins also on the trail of my namesake (and 5x great-grandfather) John GASSON. Thanks to them I now have a very good lead on where he came from, and need to start planning how I am going to prove it.

  • I’m still waiting for the will of Ann GEERING, hopefully it will arrive this week and provide the evidence I am after.
  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • Review the information I have on John GASSON and prepare a research plan for my next steps.
  • Continue working on the GEERINGs. I need to try and find out more about Francis Howlett and what the connection was with the GEERING family.

My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 12)

21 Mar

Another week passed with very little actual research achieved and very little sorting and organising achieved either. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing any work, most of my time has been spent on planning and background reading.

I really need to get some sorting out this week, before I do any more serious research and make matters worse. My organising has slowed almost to a standstill, and I really need to get back into a routine again of systematically going through my files and folders.

I continue to be amazed at how many leads keep turning up in my GEERING research, I now have three certificates to process, which are presenting some interesting questions and answers. Hopefully this week will also see the arrival of the will of Ann GEERING.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames, especially the recently scanned documents.
  • Continue pulling together all my plans for researching the GEERING family of Hailsham, Sussex. The number of archives I need to visit is growing on a weekly basis, although it is probably going to be the East Sussex Record Office that will be the most important.
  • I have three GEERING certificates to process and two wills (and a possible third one arriving this week). There are a few other facts that I need to record as well.
  • I feel it is time that I put together a narrative or timeline for the GEERING family. This will hopefully help clarify my research plans and form the basis of a proper narrative which I hope will be the end result of my research.

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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