Surnames I am researching

I have now identified about 20 surnames in my direct ancestral line which I consider to be good progress as I started with about half a dozen. However, my research has also taken me sideways in an effort to find other relatives who can help me on my quest into the past. My research database currently has about 140 surnames which have connections to me.

My “About Me” page

The About Me page tells you a little about my background. Where I grew up, studied and worked. It also starts to address the question of “Who Do I Think I Am?” since I am interested in how a long line of miners and fisherman produced someone whose working life has progressed from audit and accountancy in NE England to developing IT services for the Norwegian Health Sector.

What is on my home page?

I have used my home page to tell you why I decided to blog about my past and introduce you to my great grandparents’ large family which gave me some interesting leads when I first started my research. I also include some navigational tips.

In the side panel you will find an RSS feed, a link to international genealogy blogs (Geneabloggers), monthly archives and a list of pages.

Top rated posts and most used tags which are shown at the bottom of the page are a bit thin at the moment as I only have two readers, but should become more useful as interst grows.

Approaching Christmas

Christmas 2010

Since creating this blog late October I have had very little time either to pursue my research or write blog articles. Yesterday I released the blog link to my brother and cousin to see if the structure makes sense before I add more content. Will try to add more in the Christmas hols and make a New Year resolution to make regular short updates. The family gathering at Christmas will give me an opportunity to dig further into the Webb and Henderson lines and tell my aunt more about her Thornton, Davis, Stavers and Corbett ancestors.

Creating my blog

Had a relaxing Sunday afternoon figuring out how to configure a blog with WordPress. Still have a lot to learn about how to make it easy to navigate. Decided on some basic elements and experimented with publishing text and photos and building a menu. Having realised that just giving access to the tree does not generate interest, I have given some thought to what my readers (if I should be so lucky as to have any) might want to know. Not going to spread the link to my family until I have added in some concrete info to key pages. My first attempt at posting a photo was the wedding photo for my parents George Crackett and Peggy Webb.

Digging up the ancients

Why I am blogging about the past

I dipped my toes into genealogy a few years ago with little success. Then a question from my Welsh cousin triggered my interest again earlier this year. Spent my Easter holidays squelching around damp chilly Northumbrian cemteries with my camera and playing with the microfilm readers at Woodhorn Archives. At the end of the week I was totally hooked.

Now find I need an effective method of sharing my finds with the rest of the clan without losing control of my mailbox. Have 6 months of intriguing research to structure and have not seriously blogged before, so bear with me as I try to figure out what to put where for maximum readability.

My main areas of research are the Crackett, Webb, Turner and Henderson families of Amble, Northumberland, but even after 6 months I have a long list of other surnames that appear in my pedigree.