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12 Days of Christmas #12

Today was another kaleidoscope of weather! Hail, rain, sunshine, the lot! I still haven’t work out what the finches are that are gathering on the wreath I made for them. They have a wide black stripe from their head, over their eyes and down their wings.

The Society of Genealogists 12 days of Christmas, concludes with 12 Drummers Drummed up excitement for the release of the 1921 Census.

I think most genealogists with English or Welsh ancestry are looking forward to tomorrow! There has been much debate about the costs of viewing the 1921 census (£2.50 for every record transcript and £3.50 for every original record image.) but it is comparable with the 1939 Register and 1911 census when they were first released. An immense amount of work has gone into scanning, transcribing and indexing the records so that we can use them. Personally I think the costs are reasonable, and in the not too distant future the census will be included in the FindMyPast subscription and eventually on other websites too.

Like, I suspect, many genealogists, I have a list of people I will be looking for tomorrow, including two of my grandparents. I just hope that https://www.findmypast.co.uk/ can cope and doesn’t crash.

On the twelfth day of 12 Days Wild I went out at dusk to try to take pictures of both the sunset and a starling murmuration. Unfortunately the starlings really didn’t seem to want to leave the tree this afternoon. They were very loud though, lots of chatter.

I have a Beanies Coffee 12 Days of Christmas calendar. Finally Day 12 was another Salted Caramel flavoured “All-in-One”. It would be nice to think that these will all get used when I travel in 2022. Fingers crossed.

Christmas is all packed up, and as soon as the Christmas jumpers, socks, doormat and facemasks have been through the wash everything will be back in the loft ready for next year. My Christmas tree is acclimatising to the outdoor world with a few days in an unheated greenhouse. It has been fun, and I’m ready to begin my studies and work.

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