Jan 062013

2012 was a difficult year. I went self employed at the end of 2011, so that has taken up a fair amount of time. Also my mother was quite ill and passed away in the July. All this has meant that I made no progress with the IHGS course.

It is however my new year’s resolution to make good progress in 2013. So to this end I made a start on the biography of my paternal grandfather, being the third assignment of the second lecture. I will come back to the first two assignments later.

It is interesting that sometimes although we have all the information, i.e. dates of events, places etc. we don’t see the full picture. It remains just information until we try and write the story of these events, linking them together and then we see them come alive. Things we had never seen, jump out at us, as they come from the time and relationship between events.

If we just try and collect names and dates we are missing so much. We have the information but it is as it were dead information. If we aim to understand the lives of our ancestors and write their story that information comes alive and speaks to us. It is this process of telling their story that brings us close to them rather than just the collecting of information.

Nov 202011

Yesterday I did my first Genealogy talk. I was a small gathering of our church Men’s Group so a good place to do mu first talk on the subject.

Apart from some minor technical problems I though it went reasonably well.

I covered some of the basics of getting started and showed some of the other resources that are out there. In once sense I did not think I had covered much ground the talk lasted between 45 minutes and an hour. I think that it is the sort of thing that the more you do the better you get.

Nov 142011

Had quite a busy weekend on genealogy matters.

Firstly, I made a start on lecture two of the IHGS course by going through the lecture notes. Next weekend I plan to start on the first assignment.

In connection with this lecture, I must get in touch with my uncle, as I wish to discover more about his early life and that of my grandfather. The final assignment in this lecture is to write a biography of one of your grandparents.

Secondly, I have agreed to do a talk on genealogy for our men’s group at church. I have thus been spending time working out what I want to say and putting a powerpoint presentation together, including some of the documents I have. I have decided to go through the basics of tracing from marriage certificate to birth certificate to marriage certificate etc. and looking at how the the censuses can help. Further, I will show a sample of other information that can be found.

It will be interesting to gage the reaction, to see if it worth looking to do other talks. Further to see if I can develop a business out of this hobby.