This time last year I decided that my New Year’s resolution would be to complete my George family write-up. Well, I’m pleased to report that, despite the difficulties of the year, I did achieve this goal, and a number of family members received a copy for Christmas.
It documents the George family of East Dereham from my earliest proven ancestor David George, born around 1786, through two more generations born in East Dereham to my great grandfather (another David George) and his move south to Croydon and his marriage and family there. I’ve included my hypothesis that John George and Ann Gallant were the parents of David George senior, but, despite many years of research, I have been unable to prove this. I’ve also included as an appendix what I know of the family of Astey George, buried inside East Dereham church, but with whom I believe my own family has no connection.
Although a family history is never finished, I do think that it is good to bring everything known so far together and to disseminate what is known among wider family members. It has already produced a new snippet of information from my aunt and a small family-related artefact from my Mum. I will also send a copy to Norfolk Family History Society at Kirby Hall in Norwich. All of this will hopefully mean that, even though there are loose ends, what I have been researching for getting on for 40 years (I did start in my teens!) will not be entirely lost if something suddenly happens to me.
I was interested to read in this month’s Family Tree magazine www.family-tree.co.uk of various contributors’ family history-related resolutions for the coming year. It is heartening to know that even a professional researcher like David Annal has decades-worth of papers waiting to be organised!
This year, once I have finally tidied up the George papers and filed them away neatly, I plan to re-visit my Wakefield research. In particulary I want to update my research on my grandfather Jack and his brother William, both from Woking, who were in Flanders in 1918 at the same time, though in different regiments. One was killed and the other was captured, and I want to be able to upload their stories onto the Surrey In the Great War website www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk and also the IWM Lives of the First World War. It would also be great if I could locate the graves of their parents in Brookwood Cemetery, and I gather there might be a finding aid at Surrey History Centre to help with this.
So that’s the plan. No doubt I will get sidetracked along the way, but that’s the fun of family history, isn’t it?
Happy New Year!