What have I learned in January?

The end of last year felt crazily busy and it was good to take a break from everything over Christmas. You may have seen my 12 Days of Christmas blogs.

Term restarted on 7th January and I am now working on Module 3 of Postgraduate Certificate, focussing on Repositories, Geography and administration. I have been thinking about copyright issues, and working collaboratively. I am incredibly proud of having scored 97% on the end of term Assessment for module 2. The pass mark was 30%.

I am very excited to have begun working part-time from home for the Society of Genealogists on 24th January. I am an Events Assistant helping to organise and run the online, and in person, talks and events. I am really enjoying it so far.

I am also working on two more Pharos Course, Apprenticeship Records and Building on a Solid Foundation. As you can imagine my feet are barely touching the ground, though I did manage to walk a total of 116 miles over the month.

I am beginning to take on some private clients for genealogy work, while still getting all my paperwork in place. It is all very exciting!

I read, and really enjoyed, Janet Few’s Barefoot on the Cobbles for the Society of Genealogists book club. I finished the last of Steve Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series in December and I’m looking forward to the next being published. I am currently reading Legacies: A Family History Mystery Thriller by Rosamunde Bott.

Meetings, Webinars, Courses etc this month:

04 January
Researching your family history: 1837-1911
Jessamy CarlsonThe National Archives This was actually towards the end of last year but I was double booked and missed it. I finally found time to view the recording. It was a useful general overview of how to conduct family history research. I found the reminder to always start by summarising what you know and proving it to be very helpful.
05 January
Managing Citations & Sources Lists in Zotero
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLISLegacy Family Tree WebinarsAnother that I was catching up with after missing out when it was originally aired. I was surprised that Colleen did not use the automatically generated citations, but stored her own formatted versions within Zotero as a note. I learned some useful tips including how to insert footnotes straight into Word.
08 January
Census surgery: behind the 1921 census
Audrey Collins and Myko ClellandThe National ArchivesA useful session explaining some of the history of census taking. Then focused on the 1921 census, and why the fertility question was removed. Detailed explanation of the newer questions – the orphan question, and the children grid. Myko made a great point that the census reveals that people have not changed in essentials. Horses, dogs, cats, goldfish and a tortoise were enumerated. Nationalities recorded include “Yorkshire man”
08 January
Archive Sources for Local History
Nicola WaddingtonSociety of GenealogistsNicola went through the many records, such as OS, tithe and farm survey maps, census records and electoral rolls, manorial records and many more that can be used to learn about local history which gives more depth to family history.
09 January
Discovering the Unindexed Records in the FamilySearch Catalog
James TannerBYU Family History LibraryI have realised that I am not using FamilySearch enough, it holds a vast range of records, and is free so I really should make more of it. This was a great help in learning how to find the unindexed records. It is like going to the archive and scrolling through a film of parish records to find the right people.
10 January
Using the FamilySearch Catalog
AnnetteFamily History Library WebinarsSimilar to the video I watched yesterday this reinforced how useful, and extensive, FamilySearch is. Good to see a live demonstration of using the search.
12 January
Virtual Common Room Chat:
New Year’s Resolutions – Organising your Family History
Else ChurchillSociety of GenealogistsThe virtual common room chats are really enjoyable discussions. A great perk of SoG membership. Great to bounce ideas off people and realise that I’m not doing too badly really!
15 January
Evernote – The Fundamentals
Graham WalterSociety of GenealogistsI don’t think Evernote is for me, most the suggestions were things that I already do within Legacy but I can see how this could be useful for others.
27 January
Introducing the 1921 Census of England & Wales
Myko ClellanSociety of GenealogistsA fantastic talk about some of the intricacies of the 1921 Census. It is great to see people’s personalities come through in something as mundane as a census return. I haven’t had time, or money, to find more than my grandparents and great grandparents until now.
31 January
Book Club Book 3
Barefoot on the Cobbles
Janet FewSociety of GenealogistsA thought provoking book and just fun to discuss it with others.

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