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.
- Trace the movement of William Henry and Harriet MITCHELL and their children across Hampshire between 1860 and 1901 (and possibly beyond).
- 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…