Well today is the third anniversary of my family history blog! I can’t quite believe that I’ve been doing it for so long, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to look back over the subjects I have written about during that time.
My computer records tell me that this is my 88th blog post. From the outset I wanted to write about thoughts that occurred to me both while making progress with my family history research and in just normal everyday life, since the topic of family history is never far from my mind. So what subjects have I tackled over these three years?
I’ve written, unsurprisingly, of trips I’ve undertaken with primary research very much in mind. I started out three years ago writing about our trip to Norfolk to research both the George family of East Dereham and the Muskett family of various locations in that county. I talked about visiting Norfolk Record Office and the Norfolk Family History Society’s research base at Kirby Hall as well as our tour round a number of villages. I’ve subsequently written about visits to West Sussex Record Office, researching the Mitchell family and The Keep in Brighton, looking at Combridges and Bryants.
There have been other opportunities to undertake what you might call ‘family history tourism’: visiting West Grinstead in Spring 2017, Staffordshire in May 2017 and Chalvey in the summer of 2017. More recently there has been our memorable trip to France and Belgium this Spring, marking the centenary of William Wakefield’s death.
I have written about types of resources often used in family history: wills, newspaper archives and inquests, for example. Then there have been artefacts which have proved a trigger for a train of thought: buttons, a doll’s house, Christmas toys, old photos, memorable trees as well as the ‘mystery object’ of early 2017.
A couple of authors, namely Jane Austen and Flora Thompson, have been the inspiration for blogs and I have dipped into a couple of antiquarian books on Sussex, too.
Whilst ancestral occupations is an area that I think I could explore more fully in the future, I have frequently written about other family activities such as gardening, marmalade making and picking winterpicks.
Overall I’m pleased with the eclectic mix and I hope that you, too, have enjoyed the variety and will continue to post your comments.
Now, what shall I write about next….?