Time passed, as it does when you are a teenager, and before I knew it I was 18 and at uni. As an Arts student it is fair to say I had a little time on my hands, so I enrolled in a course at the WEA run by local geneaology legend Graham Jaunay of Proformat. Thus began my research in earnest.
Ever since then I have continued to chip away at my research as time permits. My focus is somewhat broader than most: I am trying to find out everything I can about my ancestry, on each line. Since my children were born I have expanded that to include their ancestry as well. I have pored over microfiche, rummaged in dusty shelves, trekked through muddy cemeteries, spent holidays photographing odd and obscure locations, and met distant relatives who have become collaborators and friends. It has been incredibly rewarding but there is still so much of the journey to go.
I have recently made the decision to begin a blog for three reasons: one is that I feel I need to record something of the research process. So often I have to work away at a connection, finally make the breakthrough, and then (because I now know what I’m looking for) find all sorts of other evidence which makes the discovery seem far less exciting or unlikely than it was. I want a forum for sharing my discoveries with people who will understand why they have been so exciting or, to steal a cliché from the news, ‘game-changing’. I also have taken to ‘googling’ ancestors and descendants of theirs who I think may be able to assist in my research, and I’m conscious that my own genealogical footprint is so easy to miss, which could be depriving me of valuable contacts.
So, here I am. Prepare to be bored.