Finally managing to catch my breath after the summer break and getting my four-year-old daughter settled into school. But not for long, as I seem to have a pile of genealogy tasks that need to be sorted ASAP!
First up is getting back to regular blogging again, especially finishing writing about my research trip over the summer.
Next is to complete my grandfather’s biography for my IHGS assignment and submit it. (This possibly should be top priority… it’s been a year since I signed up for the course, and I am only up to Lecture 2. Erk.)
I also have several outstanding emails to send to recently discovered cousins, some of whom found me through this blog, and one I found just by a random google at 2am one night. I love making connections with distant family members!
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been slowly working my way through tidying up my family binders – so far I’ve input into my genealogy program (Reunion) all the certificates and census information on my paternal side. And I’ve made a start on my maternal side, though there’s a lot more census data there. I’ve also left any New Zealand Electoral Roll data for now, and will do that family by family. And then there’s all the stuff that I’ve collected digitally that needs to be sorted. *sigh*
Of course, there’s the matter of a little rugby contest down in New Zealand that’s proving to be a mite distracting.
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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…
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!
I’ve finally booked!
We arrive back from New Zealand on the Friday afternoon, so I’ve been tossing up whether I’ll be compos mentis, or a pile of jibbering jet-laggedness. Still, can’t pass up one of the genealogical highlights of the year, so I’ve bought a Q-jump ticket for the Sunday, and booked into three workshops and an Ask the Expert session. (Will have to figure out what I’m going to “ask” at that.)
I also have a Beginner’s Tutorial weekend coming up for my course with IHGS in Canterbury in March, which I need to book before I go away next week. Have to psych the hubby up for a weekend with the three kids on his own. I’m hoping this will really push me forward on the assignment front (aka get my A into G and do some work), plus I get to meet fellow students. Oh, and a kidfree weekend!