Place names beginning with X abound in China and there are some in Wales and Greece - but I have been to none of these. So I must admit here to deviating from my Sense of Place theme and focussing on some of my family history EXperiences, beyond travel.
X is for:
EXcitement at finding ancestors who were unknown to me. After many years of appearing on message boards etc. with minimal success, my blog was discovered by three different third cousins and resulted in new photographs and new stories.
A wedding photograph of the family of my third cousin, Stuart
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. Here is his signature from his will found in Lancashire Record Office.
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 poster in the collection of the Heritage Hub, Hawick www.heartofhawick.co.uk/heritagehub|
A suffragette meeting, at Towerknowe, Hawick in the Scottish Borders, 1909.
Note - the number of men there.
Photograph by permission of
Scottish Borders Council Museum & Gallery Service
Collection. Hawick Museum
The possibilities for stories are endless.