I must admit I am taking the easy way out here with the letter X and repeating some of my family history EXperiences first listed under E - but still worth restating nevertheless.
X is for:
EXchanging Information: In pre-Internet days this activity came from joining Family History Societies and studying their listings of Members Interests. Now the world is open to us. My first venture into Internet research on my Bryning connections resulted in more information in four weeks than I had unearthed in four years. A wonderful tool - as long as you check sources!
|Roxburghshire Militia List of 1797|
Courtesy of Heritage Hub, Hawick -
EXceeding EXpectations: When I first started on my family history trail, I thought I would be lucky to trace my very ordinary Danson family back to the 1841 census. I have far exceeded that, discovering my great great great, great grandfather John Danson, born 1736, son of Peter.
EXpressing the family stories: Research is an all absorbing task, but turning the facts, names and dates into a family story that people are interested in reading, whether through blog or book, is my favourite FH occupation.
EXcursions into Local and Social History - The possibilities are endless. for adding colour to a family story.............,,,,,
|Concert psoter in the collection of the Heritage Hub, Hawick www.heartofhawick.co.uk/heritagehub|
EXpense: I have read comments in family history magazines about the expense of the hobby. I have been lucky in that I have not had to spend much on obtaining BMD certificates. I can appreciate that people are on a tight budget, but it can be a question of being very focused in accessing paid internet sites - being sure you have done the background work through other means and especially that you have found the "correct" person - admittedly not easy if you are researching a popular name. But it is worth remembering so many leisure activities come at some cost, whether it be sport, music, art and crafts, collecting etc.
And finally after all of this - EXhaustion!