One of the things I have learned from my genealogy research is that if you get stuck then try again from a different angle. I use several different online sources and often find that something which may not be indexed on one will turn up on another. I have also learned that it is wise not to be too restrictive on search terms. A wider search can often throw up something that will be filtered out if the search criteria are too narrow. It can also give interesting collateral information about other family members than the object of the search.
I is for Ironside
I is also for Ironside, one of my Scottish pedigree lines which starts with 3x great grandmother Margaret Ironside. Margaret was born in 1816 at New Deer in Aberdeenshire.
Scottish Post Office Directories is another useful offering from the National Library of Scotland which can help those of us with genealogy interests north of the border. An interesting collection of digitised directories ranging from 1773 to 1911.
My tree has many branches because large numbers of offspring appear to have been the norm among the mining, fishing and farming families of North-East England and Scotland. Three of my grandparents are from large families. Grandmother Ellenor Turner was the seventh child of ten. Grandmother Margaret Jane Henderson was the third child of seven. Grandfather George Crackett was the eighth child of ten. (Shown in the banner of my blog).
Taking it back one generation further the big families include: Cracket 8, Parkinson 5, Carr 5, Henderson 7, Thornton 11. Similar trends can be seen in the earlier generations too with most of the couples having somewhere between 5 and 10 children.
F is for findmypast
F is also for findmypast which is one of the resources I find most useful for my genealogy research. I find their transcriptions among the most reliable, although Cracket has on occasion been twisted to Crackel. So far I have just used the UK site, but expect I am soon going to have to take a look at both Ireland and Australia. I have not managed to figure out yet whether having a subscription for one country gives any discount opportunities for the other countries.
I have recently started using iannounce, a useful site for obituaries and other announcements which help my genealogy research. It picks up announcements from about 500 newspapers and is updated daily. I still follow announcements in local Northumbrian papers too, but this site gives a much broader view of UK announcements.
I have added another 5 local books that have helped my genealogy research to my Publications used page. The pictures of old Northumberland help to develop a better understanding of the world my ancestors lived in. Topics include Amble, RAF Acklington, Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Alnwick.
I find historical DVDs useful in giving me a feel for the environments in which my ancestors lived. I have started to list up some of the interesting DVD’s I have watched on my Publications used page. Topics for recent viewings related to my genealogy research include Border Reivers, Tyneside, The Somme, The Home Guard and North East England.
(This is a catch-up post for missing my postaday on Thursday 10th May, which brings me back up to date again.)
A while ago I set up a publications page with a view to keeping track of some of the books, magazines and other publications that I have found useful in my genealogy research. I have added 10 books to the list tonight. They range from a guide to family history through techniques for dating photographs to fairly specific local Northumbrian history and photograph collections. I started with a mix of 10 to give a flavour of the type of book I find useful. There are many more on my bookshelves which will be gradually added to the list.
Since it is the last day of the month I have updated the starring system on my surname list that indicates the newest names. Stars have been removed from the names added in March. A single star now highlights names added in April. All new names that I add in May will have double stars until the month end. Here is a summary of the names that were new to my genealogy database in April:
I have now added a subscription button to the right panel so that any of you who are interested in information about updates can subscribe to have e-mails sent on a regular basis. You can choose the frequency of the e-mail when you opt to subscribe and can easily turn it off again if you decide that there is too much information.