Having just finished a quick sprint through one A-Z challenge from Ros at http://genwestuk.blogspot.com/, I could not resist participating in a further series from Aona at
My focus here is on what we experience on our family history journey.
G is for:
I have tried to make contact with polite requests about "being very interested to know the source of your information, as mine differs etc." - but usually never get a reply. So that approach seems a waste of time.
The concern is that mistakes are perpetuated and there is plenty of scope with my Rawcliffe family - a not uncommon name in Lancashire. It proved to be story of eight daughters, the early death of their mother, a step mother with three illegitimate children, and four half-brothers and sisters. So rather a complex family tree, but I have the marriage certificates and birth certificates to support my findings.
|My great grandmother Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe|
with her granddaughter. Annie Maria.
My family photographs are precious to me, and I did start adding key ones to my Ancestry tree, hoping it would increase interest from possible family connections. I shouldn't have been surprised that they were uplifted and appeared on other trees, but this was another grumble - these were mine! I would have happily given consent, but would like to have been approached first of all.
Perhaps though there is one benefit in discovering these instances - it has forced me to reconsider "Am I right in my findings" and to review my early research. Not a bad thing to do, and so far I stand by my work! So a Gripe, Groan or Grumble can be turned into a positive.
Gratitude for the Gifts I have received from my family history activities:
- The fact that people are interested enough to read my blog.
- The pleasure and increased knowledge gained from researching, writing and networking.
- The contribution of Geneabloggers (www.geneabloggers.com). It was recommended to me in the early weeks of starting my blog in summer 2010. I fully expected to have run out of material for postings by now, but geneabloggers' prompts, plus the support of like-minded enthusiasts are so stimulating, I have never looked back.
- The online friendships made.
- The new cousins discovered, such as the son of Elsie Oldham (below) - my mother's second cousin. The new found connection brought a great boost in the way of photographs and stories to my blog. Elsie set up a hairdressing business "Elise" in her home in Blackpool in the 1920's. What a difference that slight change in her name makes to marketing her business!!
|Elsie Oldham - |
"Elise" c. 1920's
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