It’s that time of year for resolutions, and I’ve been inspired by other Geneabloggers – this is my list for 2012:
- Complete updating my records in Reunion
- Plan a scanning schedule for my certificates
- Post on this blog at least twice a week
- Begin writing my maternal grandmother’s biography
- Complete assignments for IHGS Lectures 4 to 12
- Complete TNA’s online paleaography and Latin courses
- Find the Burkes’ townland in Co. Mayo
- Visit Scotland and take a looksee round where the Burkes and Philps lived
- Continue research on Wright line
Well, we’re over halfway through December already and I haven’t even thought about a task list for the month! So much for being more organised…
Anyway, a quick look at how I did on my November tasks:
- outstanding emails - half done, need to finish the rest before Christmas
- lecture 3 assignments - a miracle indeed, finished and submitted!! Have even started on lecture 4 assignments
- regular blogging (including finishing my West Yorkshire research trip series) - not done so well here, though completed my West Yorkshire posts
- filing and inputting data for maternal side - ummm…
- book tickets for WDYTYA? Live in February - yup indeedy, tickets bought and workshops booked. Even have hotel booked, woohoo!
I also fitted in a day course at IHGS on The Parish and the Manor, and a day’s research up in Suffolk on the Wright side of my family.
The rest of this month will kinda be taken up with Christmas activities, but I’m also hoping to:
- complete two lecture 4 assignments
- undertake more Wright research up in Suffolk
- do some prep work for my New Zealand trip in January
- maybe some filing…?? ho ho ho
Sorting Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.
Popped in to the Kent Family History Fair today as it was just down the road. Had a browse through some postcards, having been inspired by John Gasson at The Wandering Genealogist, and his postcard collecting. I lasted about 15 minutes, and didn’t find anything I really wanted to purchase. I think I’d like to have a little shopping list next time.
What I did buy was a CD I’d been eyeing up online – the Kent Family History Society‘s Poor-law Records for Mid-Kent, which contains transcripts of settlement certificates, bastardy bonds, removal and settlement examinations, etc, chiefly from the Poor Law Union areas of Gravesend & Milton, Hoo, Strood (or North Aylesford), Milton, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Malling, Tonbridge, Cranbrook and Dartford (for parishes where records are held at Maidstone or Medway).
Happily I found a mention of the ancestor I was looking for! Now that I know the records are there, I can go take a look at the original documents, and also check the parish vestry minutes for the time period, see if there are any other mentions.
The other item I bought was a CD from the bargain box – Pigot’s 1840 Directory for Kent. From a quick look, the villages I’m particularly interested in aren’t mentioned, but hopefully I’ll find some use for it.
In other news, I have a newly-discovered relative visiting me on Friday morning, and I’m meeting up with a fellow IHGS student in Dublin on Saturday. I also hope to get my current batch of assignments as close to completion as possible this week. Just as long as I don’t find anything to distract me…
I had a couple of kid-free hours today, so I could tackle some assignment work. This current block of assignments are all focussed on family records, and I’m currently drafting an appraisal of the records I have in my possession, and how they’ve helped (or hindered) me in my research. I also did a little work on the third assignment – my grandfather’s biography – adding some more information to the timeline I’ve created, and making notes where more research is required. I need to incorporate significant historical events into the biography, and found some great timelines for New Zealand history online. Hopefully I may also be able to source some New Zealand history books through my local library, otherwise I’m kinda relying on the internet.
I had great plans to do more organising of my Stuff today, but that fell by the wayside. I’m motivated more to start planning a research trip to Yorkshire in the summer. With three young kids in tow, it will be “interesting”.
On Monday, I’m hoping to visit the London Family History Centre if I can get myself sorted with a research plan before then. It requires a bit of a search through their catalogue to see what records they have that might be useful – I know they have Casey’s O’Kief, Coshe Mange, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland on microfilm, for example, which may help me greatly with my Co. Kerry ancestors.
Some of the blog posts I’ve been reading lately have inspired me to start tackling some of my stuff that’s Not Been Dealt With. For instance, while writing yesterday’s post I realised most of the census records I have collected are just images on my computer, a few have been transcribed, none have been printed out, and only a couple have made it into my Reunion family file.
What to do? I wonder what everyone else does?
This afternoon I have been printing off census images, then transcribing the information onto blank UK census sheets from Ancestry. I’ve also noted down any extra citation information like date accessed and GSU roll. Once done, I place both pages back to back in a clear punch pocket and file away in my surname ring binders. This is going to take some time, but I figure if I do a bit every Saturday, it’ll get completed eventually. And then there’s adding all the information into Reunion as well, which I probably need to do as I go, or it will become a nightmare job!
Two books I had requested from the library turned up this week – more background reading for my course work: The Female Line – Researching your Female Ancestors by Margaret Ward, and Family Photographs & How to Date Them by Jayne Shrimpton. I met Jayne at Who Do You Think You Are? Live back in February and she dated a photograph for me, so I’m looking forward to reading about how she does it.
And in other news, I passed my first two assignments! (I’m studying towards the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies). I received a B+ for my autobiography and an A- for my Seize Quartiers (drop-line pedigree chart up to my 16 great great grandparents). It was great to get the comments back before I finish my next lot of assignments. I’m currently working on my paternal grandfather’s biography, need to get cracking on that.
Sorting Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.
Finally I have submitted the first assignments for my course! Knuckled down this week and got them finished and sent off yesterday. So I kinda missed my self-imposed deadline of Monday, but at least they are done. ( I’m doing the Higher Certificate in Genealogy by correspondence with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury.) And I’ve already downloaded and read the next lecture and started some prep work for the next three assignments, one of which is the biography of a grandparent. I’m looking foward to this as it sounds like fun, and I shall be grilling my father and his siblings for information about my paternal grandfather. It would be a great exercise to do for my other grandparents as well, so might think of tackling them later on in the year.
It took me six months to complete that first lecture and its assignments – yikes! Am aiming to finish this next one within six weeks, and plan to schedule set times during the week for study time. Of course, my schedule will be all out the window come Easter school holidays, but hopefully I’ll have made a good start by then.
Just back from a fantastic few days away in Canterbury (England) – it was a tutorial weekend for my correspondence course with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. We had lectures on wills and probate, parish records and palaeography, with some hands on exercises, and lots of opportunity for research in their amazing library and discussion with lecturers, tutors and fellow students. Nothing like being with a bunch of like-minded souls!
The course is self-paced and I have been pretty slack so far – while I’ve spent some time on course work, I haven’t submitted any assignments yet. Erk. However, am feeling re-energised and motivated and have already done an hour’s work tonight. *shines halo* Plus, I have some other students on my back now nagging me, giving me deadlines.
I have to submit a “Seize Quartiers”, which involves a (non-computer-generated) dropline pedigree chart up to my great great grandparents, plus accompanying source citations. This is almost completed, just a little tidying up of the chart layout, and listing all the citations in an understandable report.
The other assignment is my autobiography, and I’ve not really enjoyed doing this, though it will be a fantastic genealogical resource for my descendents one day. The guide word limit is up to 3000 words, though I know other students have written much more. I’ve completed a first draft, and this week need to embellish and edit. And maybe add some photos.
My deadline for submission is Monday week (that’s the 21st of March) – wish me luck!
- 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!