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On the road

Here I am, wrapped up in a duvet in front of a gas fire, glass of Kiwi sauvignon blanc in hand, listening to the rain beating down on the caravan roof… yes, its the great British summer holiday.

Im typing this post on my shiny brand new birthday present – a portable Bluetooth keyboard for my iPhone. Loving it!! (Its a US style keyboard, so hopefully I wont ever have to type a pound sign while travelling.)

Just as we were leaving for our holiday, the postman arrived with a probate file Id requested from Archives New Zealand. Naturally I had to bring it with me, and its made fascinating reading.

Ive a stack of books that Ive brought with me to read – hopefully Ill get a chance to read most, if not all, of them. Currently on the go is Michael Fosters A Comedy of Errors or The Marriage Records of England and Wales 1837 – 1899.

If the weather is kind tomorrow, were off to Conwy Castle. In the meantime, Im hoping the iPhone WordPress app lets me post this

ETA: it seems all my apostrophes have disappeared… arrrrgh!!

Turning a mountain into a molehill ~ Sorting Saturday

This is the current state of my filing system (and I use the term “system” very loosely).

Filing mountain

Filing mountain

I have been so busy researching, making exciting discoveries, ordering certificates, and printing out census and electoral roll images, that I’ve neglected my hard copy filing, and also inputting all the data into Reunion (my genealogy software program). Something must be done!

Other things on the go at the minute:

  • Yorkshire and Suffolk field trips coming up in August
  • Opportunity for some Dublin research at the end of August
  • The seemingly never-ending biography of my paternal grandfather,  my assignment work
  • Possibility of attending a family reunion in New Zealand next January

In short, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. And I had great plans today to tackle lots of sorting and filing and citing and generally being a Miss Genie Goody Two Shoes.  Then I posted a query on the Trade Me Genealogy forum, hoping to figure out a puzzle that’s been bugging me.  But once I’d posted my query, I couldn’t let it rest – I started digging around in electoral rolls and NZ BDM records, and before I knew it, several hours had passed.

So, the mountain of filing is still there, waiting.  Perhaps I’ll have a Sorting Sunday instead?

Sorting Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Back on track? ~ Sorting Saturday

So much to do!  So little time!  Too much disorganisation!

I need a plan.  Actually, I need several. At the moment I’m running around trying to chase up a heap of leads on both dead ancestors and living cousins, plus do some assignment work.  Maybe I should have monthly goals?  I’ve read them on other blogs, and I’m guessing they’d work quite well for me, make me a bit more focussed and less overwhelmed and distractable.

There are four areas I need to focus on:

  • Course work
  • Family history research
  • Research organisation and record keeping
  • Blog postings

I’m off to Dublin next weekend, primarily to visit a very ill friend, but as it’s a long weekend here in the UK, I will have a little time on the Monday to spend doing some research.  So, need to work on a plan for that.

I’m also in the middle of planning our family summer holiday, part of which will entail me traipsing round the Yorkshire countryside hunting ancestors with three kids in tow.  May even add in a little side trip to Suffolk.  Need a plan for that also.

So yeah, need to get planning!

Sorting Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Catching Up

Well, I had meant to write a bit about Percy Luxton, my first cousin twice removed, who has featured now in not one, but two Wordless Wednesday posts.  Alas alack, I have been distracted this week by ITV’s Long Lost Family and BBC’s If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home, catching up on episodes I had missed.

And tomorrow I am off to the Society of Genealogists’ Centenary Conference in London, and looking forward to some interesting presentations.   Will report back on my experiences there as soon as I can!

Not yer average records office ~ Wordless Wednesday

Oude Griffie, Old Recorders House, Brugge, Belgium

Oude Griffie, Old Recorders House (built 1534-1537), Brugge, Belgium

Oh, to have Belgian ancestors!  Been visiting friends in Belgium the last week and couldn’t resist posting a photo of the records office in Brugge.

Wordless Wednesday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Postcard from… Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand (date unknown)

Prime Minister John Key has requested a two-minute silence around New Zealand to show respect for those fallen and affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

This may be New Zealand’s single most tragic event.

I am calling on New Zealanders to stop and remember those who have lost their lives, those who are missing and the hundreds of people who are mourning family and friends.

At 12.51pm this Tuesday, the 1st of March, I am asking that New Zealand stops for two minutes as a sign of unity for the people of Canterbury who are enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.

For those overseas wanting to participate in sync with New Zealand, find out your time so you can be in silence with us.

Before and after the Christchurch earthquake – images of some of the city’s iconic buildings.

Back in the UK

We landed back in the UK on Friday evening, but while my body may be here, my body clock seems to still be in South Korea.  Which is why I’m up at 4am writing a blog post.

The trip to New Zealand was amazing, and overwhelming.  Seeing all my family again was wonderful, though tempered with sadness as the impromptu family reunion was for my grandmother’s funeral. Saying goodbye was hard, too.  And then an earthquake devastated the city of Christchurch, with 147 deaths confirmed so far.  Thankfully friends and family are all okay, but the images and stories we saw and heard on our last days in New Zealand were harrowing and unforgettable.

In terms of my research plan, I managed to achieve most of my goals, and also make some connections with extended family members.  I’ll post more on this later.  For now, I need to try and get some sleep before heading off to the Olympia for Who Do You Think You Are? Live today.

Geneaology Resolutions 2011

  • Start a blog
  • Blog regularly and contribute comments to other blogs
  • Compile a proper research plan (as opposed to “ooooh, think I might look that up next, or maybe that… )
  • Get to know the Centre for Kentish Studies
  • Complete some assignments!!!! (Ideally eight lectures this year)
  • Visit the Suffolk record office (and a cemetery or two)
  • Compile a research plan for the New Zealand trip in February
  • Begin scanning certificates and documents I have in hard-copy
  • Get those England census records into Reunion
  • Get those NZ electoral records into Reunion
  • File, organise, cite!