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I really ought to know more of my cousins

20 Oct

It was Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun A Family’s Increase that got me thinking about my cousins, and the fact that I haven’t really been actively trying to find any.

I think I know all my first cousins and although I don’t have their details on my family tree I could add them in pretty quickly, but beyond first cousins that is pretty much it. I have had contact with more distant cousins, but in most case it was them getting in touch with me, rather than the other way around. Perhaps it is time I did something about it.

Looking at my great grandparents it seems to be a case all or nothing. Two of my grandparents were only children (although one did have three half-siblings). A third grandparent was one of only two children.

My fourth grandparent is where things swing the other way, he was one of sixteen children. I know at least one died as an infant, but that still leaves a lot and great aunts and uncles and potentially lots of second cousins to identify.

I think once I have found all my 4x great grandparents and completed my Christmas Tree Project, I will focus on tracing some living descendants of my great grandparents.

Planning my next big challenge

10 Sep

I have been looking ahead to a time when all my organising is complete and all my files are in order, and thinking about what I want to do next.

I know I have several more detailed projects already on the go, but what I would really like to do is have another intensive genealogy weekend like I did earlier in the year. This time I would like to try and identify all my 4x great grandparents.

I had a quick count up last night and found that I already have some details for half of them, so that only leaves me another 32 ancestors to go.

I realise that 32 ancestors in a weekend is probably not going to be achievable, especially as some of these individuals are going to require a trip to the record office or London Family History Centre.

So in the next few weeks, as I transition from organising to researching, I am going to start doing some groundwork, pick off some of the easy ancestors and identify some of the problem ones.

I also need to go through and make sure I have all the details for the earlier generations and make sure I have all the basic information for them, so that means birth, marriage, death (or baptism and burial) and census details for all available years. Fortunately I can run a query on Family Historian which will show me which data I have and what is missing.

And the reason why I want to do this? Well, by the end of the year I would like to have printed a family tree of all my ancestors. Not as a Christmas present for anyone in particular (other than me), but as a talking point for when the family gathers at that time of year, hopefully to stimulate a bit of interest in our ancestry.

So by the end of October I would like to have the majority of the research done, I can then spend November adding as many photos as possible and worrying about presentation and then in December I can get it printed, and perhaps a working copy to scribble on around the table after Christmas dinner.

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