Monday, 25 April 2011

Continuing research

I have just been reading about a discussion on the Guild of One Name Studies regarding ownership of research.

Having done a lot of hard work on your family tree or one name study what will become of it when you are no longer able to continue?  Do you have family / friends / colleagues who are ready and willing to take it on; if so you are probably one of the lucky few.  Perhaps you are planning on donating it to some form of library so that others can have access but this leads to further questions like do they want it, in the form it is currently in, does anyone know that you have arranged for it to go and who to contact.  What about email accounts and social media - does anyone know how to get access.

A little bit of planning how might make everything a lot easier - if your chosen deposit needs everything index perhaps creating that index should go on your To Do list.  Perhaps those you have been in contact with could be asked to help so that there is a natural successor.

Or perhaps you are comfortable that this is an enjoyable past time and it doesn't need to pass on to anyone.

No right or wrong but I have put quite a bit of effort into it so I am now investigating how to run my studies so that others can pass them on in a fairly reasonable format.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Scotlands People

Scotland's People now has the 1911 census online which is so close but just so far for me.  My grandparents were born just after this so it will be another 10 years before they appear on a census.

So the results are 15 entries in total for (in no particular order): John, Mary, Maggie, James, Agnes, Agnes, Alexander, George, Peter, Jeannie, Harriet, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Ann and Andrew.  These consisted of 3 families which account for 11, a servant, a boarder, own means and a scholar/patient.

The results have been plugged into my database which is growing and two of the families are my direct relatives so into the family tree program.  All in all not a bad afternoons work.