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What have I learned in April?

Where on earth did April go?

I spent the first week ws leading a Ffestiniog Travel tour to Mallorca, which despite Easyjet’s best efforts to throw a spanner in the works, went very well. As I was on the train to Gatwick an email popped up, EasyJet had cancelled the following mornings direct flight to Palma. I contacted the lovely office staff, who then spent the remainder of their Sunday afternoon rebooking 17 seats on flights from Gatwick to Palma, the result was 6 hours at Madrid airport, not an ideal start to the tour, but we survived. It was lovely to feel the sun on my skin again!

I then spent a week at home catching up with SoG work, and writing an assignment, before another trip away. This time to the New Forest to visit my sister, and look after my nephew for a few days.

I completed another Pharos Course towards my Intermediate Certificate: Before the Modern Census – Name-rich Sources from 1690 to 1837. I have just begun 17th Century Sources, and then have two final courses for the certificate in June.

I scored 78% on my third term assessment for Strathclyde’s Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogy, Heraldry and Palaeography. Not quite as good as the second term, but I am still pleased. Term four, with a focus on Family History Studies and Overseas records began just as I got home from Mallorca. With another week away, and a lot going on at Society of Genealogists I do not yet feel I have a handle on the work this term.

I read Steve Robinson’s The Girl in the Painting for the Society of Genealogists bookclub. Another great offering in the Jefferson Tayte series. Still ongoing is Tracing your ancestors from 1066 to 1837 : a guide for family historians by Jonathan Oates, but I didn’t take this with me on my travels, as it is a library book rather than on my Kindle so progress has been slow. I read the first in the Maze Investigations – The Genealogy Detectives series, Three Times Removed which I really enjoyed, and will suggest to the bookclub. I also indulged my love of Jane Austen fanfiction to read Shana Granderson’s Unknown Family Connections which had a slight genealogy theme.

Meetings, Webinars, Courses etc this month:

2 April
Hidden in the Newsprint
Mia BennettSociety of GenealogistsAn interesting look at the many things that can be found in newspapers to enhance family history research.
2 April
My Ancestor was a Liar: Ignorance, Half-truths or Wilful Deceit?
David AnnalSociety of GenealogistsWere our ancestors lying, or was it ignorance? Why did they give a different age in every census return? Some interesting thoughts.
13 April
Social Chat: Tall Tales from our Ancestors: Erroneous information & Family Lies
Else ChurchillSociety of GenealogistsA fun discussion about our ancestors and the information they left behind.
21 April
Stage 2 Skills Course. Class 1. I’m stuck. Techniques for localising the elusive ancestor
Else ChurchillSociety of GenealogistsI enjoyed hosting the first class of the first course I have put together for SoG. Having taken this course previously it was a reminder, but a useful one, that even when stuck there are always more places to look.
30 April
Posted in the Past
Helen BaggottSociety of GenealogistsWe read this Helen’s book for the SoG bookclub. This seminar was a more in-depth look at the recipients of some of the postcards in the first two books. Very interesting and it has inspired me to look out for old postcards sent to or from Pentrefelin.

Another very full month, lovely to spend some time away from home, and see the sunshine. I am going to have to get my head down to studying in May!

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