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 182011

I received the results from the assignments I had submitted for the first lecture.

I was really chuffed as I got an A and A-. This was far better than I had imagined I might have done. I feel now that the hard work has all been worth it. Though it sets a high bar when it comes to the next few lectures.

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.

Nov 072011

Well I have finally managed to finish the assignments for the first lecture on the IHGS course.

I now have to wait for the assignments to be marked by the tutor to see how I have done.

The assignments were very different both in content and work done. The first, an autobiography took quite a while and I ended up doing in excess of 14,000 words. This meant that even when it was finished it took quite a wile to go through it to check it etc. It was quite a therapeutic exercise and it is very interesting to look back and realise how much I have actually done in my life. I think that from time to time I will come back to it and filling some of the things I am sure I have missed and keep it up to date.

The second assignment, explaining how you found out information about your direct ancestors was much shorter, coming in a little under 1,500 words. The difficult part was doing the Seize Quartiers drop-line pedigree, working out the best way of doing it and making sure I had included all the information I needed.

So it is on to Lecture two now – Family Records.