A-Z of Family History Sources & Stories
Join me on this A-Z journey to explore the fascinating records
that can enhance your family history research and writing.
Records, Resources, References and Registrars are at the heart of our family history activities.
RECONNECTING WITH RELATIVES - family history has given me the push to get in touch with relatives e.g. my mother's cousins, who I knew about from my childhood, but had had no personal contact with as an adult particularly when we moved to another part of the country. I prevaricated about this for ages, but what a resource I had been missing out on! I have had a marvellous reception from them to hearing a family voice from the past - "I remember a little girl with pig tails". We have exchanged memories, paid visits and I have gathered additional material for my blog posts.
The daughter of my Great Aunt Jennie had a box of memorabilia in her loft, which she wondered what to do with - and I was the benefactor of photographs, used heavily in my blog, including the only photograph of my great grandfather James Danson and two unknown photographs of my great grandmother Maria Rawcliffe - plus much much more. I was also able to read the moving letter written by my great uncle George three weeks before he was killed on the Somme in 1916, and photograph Maria's tea set and jewellery. I was touching personal possessions used by Maria who lived 1859-1919.
So don't delay in accessing the wonderful resource of family.
RESEARCH in itself can be a source of family history writing, especially if you are blogging. Do you always use a dose of sceptism and question information you find, sources uncovered, the validity of online transcriptions and family trees? We all like to learn from others, so do you have you a particular research story to tell? Mine was a tale of following false trails and making wrong assumptions. Yours may be a particularly exciting discovery.
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