If it wasn’t the 1940 US census, then the main topic for discussion this week seems to have been the anniversary of sinking of the Titanic, and it can only get worse as we approach the actual day of the anniversary next week.
As you might have guessed from the tone of the previous sentence I am not particularly interested in the Titanic (although possibly slightly more than the 1940 census), whether it is films, television programmes, books, passenger lists or crew records.
One thing I did find interesting however was this article from the BBC News website, Five Titanic myths spread by films, which takes a more skeptical view of some of the myths that have arisen around the Titanic.
Whilst on the subject of the BBC, you might want to take a look at the BBC Archive’s Survivors of the Titanic collection, which gives a taste of the organisation’s output over the years, including interviews with survivors.
In the meantime I will try to summon up some enthusiasm for the anniversary between now and the 14th April.
As well as providing news of their latest offerings and Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the latest S&N Genealogy email newsletter provides a link to an interesting article marking their 20th anniversary.
Twenty years ago family history was very different to what it is today. The idea of genealogy data being available anywhere other than archives was almost unthinkable. As we know that has all changed and one of the companies that helped make those changes was S&N Genealogy.
It is fascinating to read how the business has grown and evolved, often leading the way in a world that was becoming increasingly digital and internet orientated.
I remember those early days (although not the full twenty years ago) when only the 1881 census (in the form of a transcript from Familysearch) and 1901 census (after it’s initial teething troubles) were available digitally, so to fill in the gap I ordered the 1891 Sussex Census CD set from S&N.
This served me well until the images became available online, indexed as well. I still have the CDs in a drawer somewhere, now superceded by internet access, including S&N’s TheGenealogist website.
Congratulations S&N on your 20th anniversary, it has been an interesting 20 years. I look forward to the next couple of decades.
Regular readers of my blog will know I have a fascination with trig points, the concrete pillars that were used to map Britain (or at least one of the methods used).
Today is the 75th anniversary of first observations made using a triangulation pillar and the beginning of the Retriangulation of Great Britain. The pillar in question is located in Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire and unfortunately I was unable to join the small group of devotees who made a pilgrimage to the pillar today.
The Ordnance Survey have marked the anniversary with a special blog Happy birthday to the Trig Pillar – 75 years young today” href=”http://blog.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/2011/04/happy-birthday-to-the-trig-pillar-75-years-young-today/” target=”_blank”>post today and I understand that the pillar in question will be featured on the local BBC news bulletin.
I have long been aware of trig points, although it wasn’t until recent years that I really began to appreciate their history and function. For a long time I knew they were used in map making and were a physical reminder that I had reached the top of a hill, but now I know a lot more about their history and their part in producing the maps that I still use today.
So happy anniversary to the trig point, and because I can’t be at Cold Ashby here is one of my favourite trig points instead, at Blackcap near Lewes, East Sussex.
I am not really what you would call a bus enthusiast, but being someone who relies on public transport and someone with an interest in many aspects of history I was
delighted excited to attend the bus rally at Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex.
The bus rally was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company. Madeira Drive is right on the seafront at Brighton and the buses looked great in the sunshine. There was a large selection of "vintage" and modern buses and several stalls selling all sorts of bus related merchandise.
I think the bus above was one of the oldest on display today, being built just before the Second World War. There was quite a variety of "vintage" buses and I could easy imagine some of my relatives and ancestors climbing aboard buses like these when they needed to go into town.
Some of the "vintage" buses weren’t that old, or at least they didn’t seem so to me because they reminded me of the buses we used to take into Horsham. I think the buses (like the one below) may have been replaced by the time I was old enough to travel on them on my own, although I can’t remember at what age that would have been.
Last night I realised that this blog would be one year old today, I knew it was coming up but forgot to let Geneabloggers know. So happy birthday The Wandering Genealogist.
Given I have just spent the last three days up at Olympia it is quite ironic that my first post, on the 1st March 2009, was about Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009. I can see how my blog has changed over the year, and I am sure it will continue to change, evolve and perhaps expand over the forthcoming years.
When I started I decided that I would try and publish at least one post a day, and I am pleased to say that I did, my count for the last 12 months is 484 posts. I wouldn’t say it has always been easy, sometimes the words just kept flowing, but other times it was a real struggle and was glad that I have a postcard collection to fall-back on!
I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog, especially to those of you who have left comments or emailed me, and if you haven’t there is still plenty of time left to do so!
Special mention should go to Alex at the Winging It blog, whose comments in the early days of my blog reassured me that people were reading my blog and inspired me to keep blogging (although I don’t think I have ever seriously thought about giving up).
Yesterday was actually the 100th anniversary of Louis Blériot’s historic flight from Calais to Dover, and it was the coverage of the celebrations in the media that reminded me of two postcards in my collection which show the memorial on the spot where Blériot landed.
On the excellent Times Archive website you can view details (from the 26th July 1909 edition) of the preparation for the flight, a report of the flight given by Louis Blériot himself and details of the heroes’ welcome that Blériot received everywhere he went.
The first postcard (above) is a printed example with an illustration of Blériot’s aircraft in the top-left. The second (below) features the same picture, but is a real photographic card. The first one was postally used, with a Belgian stamp, but sadly the date of the postmark is not readable.
These two cards are from my collection of hill figure postcards, mostly white horses, but a few other figures such as giants feature. It was whilst dusting of this album that I got the idea that perhaps I should set up another blog to showcase some of my other postcards, especially my collection of Stonehenge cards, perhaps when I run out of other things to do….