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What have I learned in March?

I am settling in at the Society of Genealogists. The Stage 2 Evening Skills course I have arranged begins next month, and soon to be advertised are Stage 3, a course about researching ancestors in the seventeenth century and one on London geography and repositories.

I have gained another distinction in the Pharos Course Building on a Solid Foundation, and have been studying another course towards my Intermediate Certificate: Before the Modern Census – Name-rich Sources from 1690 to 1837. I’ll be handing in my assessments for this course once I am back from Mallorca in April.

I completed the assignments for this term at Strathclyde early in the month which left plenty of time for the big main assessment. As I mentioned last month it is another “do some genealogy” task. We have been given two individuals and scarce details about them and a common ancestor. The assignment is all about filling in the gaps. I really enjoyed working on this and hope to get a reasonable mark.

I finished Helen Baggott’s Posted in the Past for the Society of Genealogists book club. Still ongoing is Tracing your ancestors from 1066 to 1837 : a guide for family historians by Jonathan Oates.

I helped out in the Expert Booth at RootsTech for the Register of Qualified Genealogists, but it was very quiet! I also really enjoyed the 24 hours of talks on the HistoryForUkraine event, some great speakers and a lot of money raised.

Meetings, Webinars, Courses etc this month:

7 March
Using the FamilySearch Catalog
FamilySearchI struggle to use the Family Search catalog but there is a wealth of information in it and I really should use it much more. This helped me to find the information that is available.
12 March
Mummy, What did you do in the Great War? My ancestor was a woman at War.
Emma JollySociety of GenealogistsA fascinating look a the role women played during the first world war, and how to find the records.
15 March
Getting Started with Entrepreneurship
Dr Kate Smith of Credo AcademyStrathclyde UniversityA good confidence booster as I start my business.
15 March
Nature Reserve update: Gwaith Powdwr (springing into action)
North Wales Wildlife TrustIt was lovely to see all that is going on at Gwaith Powdwr and the work being done to view and protect bats.
16 March
Lunchtime Chat – Tracing Female Ancestors – Why are we neglecting half of our Ancestors
Else ChurchillSociety of GenealogistsIt is always very unpredictable what direction these chats will take. We ended up talking about how women took their husband’s nationality. I do enjoy hosting these.
26 March
New Ways of Using Census Microdata to Research Social History
Dr Lesley TrotterSociety of GenealogistsA very interesting talk about using census data to inform one place studies and similar research. Using databases is the key to analysis.

Between working for SoG, a Pharos course with a lot packed into it, an assessment for Strathclyde and starting to do some research for clients it has been a very full, but satisfying month.

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