National Library Week – B is for Bodleian Library

Capture3The Bodleian Library is part of the Oxford University estate.

It is a fascinating site, bringing together a great number of resources. The one draw back is that not all the catalogue material cannot be freely accessed, but in my experience. You can use the Ask a Librarian feature and the staff will do what they can to assist. Alternatively you maybe able to access the resources either via a public library or University library.

A quick search of the catalogue for the name Butcher revealed some rather interesting features for a company in Birmingham, England as part of the John Johnson Pictorial Archive and like yesterday, this is something that I had not come across previously.

We do not touch upon all these resources within the duration of the Introduction to One-Name Studies course, but what I do hope, is that students are inspired to locate unusual resources and to see if there are references to their particular surname and then to follow the research path, documenting all the details and citations, along with the date accessed.

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National Library Week – A is for Institute of Archaeology

Capture3Some time ago, whilst working on something else I stumbled across this website, the Institute of Archaeology based at UCL (University College London).

Scrolling to the bottom of the home page reveals the links for the Library as well as Museums and Collections.

As anyone with a One-Name Study or Surname Project will tell you, there is nothing more fascinating in locating a search box and inserting your study surname just to see what it reveals.

I did a quick search for the word Butcher and within the first page there was a reference to a book about a Mary Butcher who was confined to Worcester goal for murdering her male bastard son. At this present time, I have no idea who Mary was, but even that slither of a nugget of information does mean that this Mary Butcher potentially left a paper trail and who knows what I will discover in the coming weeks. One thing is clear though, this quick search provided me with a clue to an individual whose story does deserve to be told within my Butcher One-Name Study.

Key to undertaking a One-Name Study, is to search every catalogue & database you come across, even if you do not follow up on the material. Capture the information and the citation and leave it for the future and add to your to do list. Using Evernote, which has a web clipper for your browser means that you can capture either the entire page or the relevant bit -be sure to note the citation too and the date you checked the site.

 

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Book of Me Prompts – October 2018

Book of Me2018

© 2017 Julie Goucher

Welcome to the tenth set of prompts for the 2018 Series of the Book of Me. You can read when the prompts are published and about the few changes at my earlier post HERE

There are five prompts each month and you can undertake as many or as few as you wish to.

  • What and who do you trust?
  • Select a living relative and describe them?
  • Do you spend or save?
  • What is your favourite holiday and why?
  • Nature or Nurture? or both?

If you have any questions or want to share thoughts or a blog link, if you decide to share via a blog (remember to, that you don’t have to share to take part in the series) then please leave a comment. Further discussion is also happening in the closed Facebook Group.

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Introduction to National Library Week 8-13 Oct 2018

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Created by Julie Goucher using wordclouds.com

National Library week (#librariesweek) in the UK is from the 8th – 13th October 2018 and given how much I enjoyed the A-Z Challenge in April, I thought I would write a post every day through October linked to libraries and archives with a emphasis on those that might assist genealogical and surname research and One-Name Studies. Some days the post will be a specific library and others might be a selection linked by a theme.

We begin the posts with A on 1st October and end the series of posts with Z on 30th October with a bonus post on 31st October!

Just as with the posts during April I have been a little creative and hope you enjoy the series. You can read about the Pharos Introduction to One Name Studies course HERE and you will find all the posts written about One-Name Studies and surname research HERE.

 

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Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles Webinar

This webinar will be broadcast live at 8pm US Eastern time (or 1 am UK time) on 12/13th September. The presentation will be available to all for one week before being made available to Legacy Webinar subscribers only. A comprehensive syllabus is available to subscribers. You can still register for the live event and to receive reminders HERE

Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles

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Favourite Book(s) #36 – The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander SeriesAs a rule of thumb I do not enjoy fantasy novels, but I do enjoy historical fiction and this series is set between the two genres. Some years ago, a friend introduced me to the author, Diana Gabaldon who writes the Outlander Series.

The first book is set in Scotland which see’s Clare, the protagonist, meet up with her husband in Scotland. They have been separate by the Second World War and are as good as strangers, discovering themselves again, yet joined as a couple, by marriage.

One day, Clare encounters a set of stones and upon touching them, she is plunged back in time from 1946 to the period of time in Scotland, prior to the Battle of Culloden. I won’t go into the rest of the story line, except to say that these books are phenomenal. The amount of research undertaken by the author is fabulous and despite these not being my usual read, I was hooked. When the series was televised, I was in second heaven!

The author has an excellent website which details the books and the order in which they are written and whilst you can read out of order, I would advise against doing so, as that damages the story line and the understanding of what happens to the characters and when.

If you have not read any of the series, I would encourage you to, they are an amazing read and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Family Tree Magazine (UK) – Research Rarities Series

FTMAs my 2018 series, Research Rarities, draws to a close I was delighted when the October 2018 issue of the UK genealogical magazine Family Tree arrived with me last week. You can see the full series of articles below in reverse order, although there is also a November issue which is to yet to be published.

The reason I was so delighted was that my late father in law served on the Arctic Convoy and it was that museum that I choose to feature in the October 2018 issue.

It was only after my father in law passed away did we really fully appreciate the ordeal these soldiers went through as they navigated their way through not just a war and the challenges that brought, but also the plummeting temperatures and weather conditions.

  • Russian Arctic Convoy Museum ~ October 2018, pg 86
  • One Place Study Directory ~ September 2018, pg 63
  • A Royal Wonder St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle ~ August 2018, pg 76
  • Two Remarkable People ~ July 2018, pg 69
  • Irish Soldiers Records (National Army Museum) ~ June 2018, pg 67
  • The Men who Said No ~ May 2018, pg 67
  • Oxford Archivists’ Consortium ~ April 2018, pg 74
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Heritage Hub ~ March 2018, p69
  • Prefab Museum UK ~ February 2018, p87
  • Rare Book Society of India ~ January 2018, p56

What this feature has revealed is there are SO many places online that hold genealogical material and can add further depth and information to our research and that is just the places online let alone the wonderful resource rich archives and libraries amongst other organisations.

I will update the list with the research rarity for the November 2018 issue and reveal the 2019 series, so stay tuned!

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Favourite Book(s) #35 – Tracing Your Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings by Ruth A Symes

Letters and Personal WritingsThis made it to the favourite’s list for whole host of reasons.

Our existence can be tracked in paper from the moment we are born, through education, employment and taxation records. Houses we buy and sell and even articles we write. In the modern age we write blogs, send tweets, upload holiday snapshots to Facebook. On reflection the list is endless in the modern world of things we leave behind, whether they are reams of paper and notebooks or 140 character tweets.

Our lives are made up of more than just dates and places. We potentially may tap into letters, notebooks, journals of our ancestors. Perhaps we even write our own, I certainly do. This book arrived and sat on my desk buried under a pile of papers for about a week. I had made the deal with myself that I would read the book once the papers had been filed or recycled. I confess I cheated and merged two piles into one and picked up the book!

The book is divided into 11 chapters, each one concluding with questions that we might consider when reviewing our ancestors written legacy, along with a list of further reading material and websites. The book concludes with a bibliography and index. My copy of the book is covered with post it notes and this is one of those books that I would take to a desert island, along with my own notebook and pen. It did make me reflect not only on the material my own ancestors left, and their ability to read and write, the circumstances of their lives and access to materials, but also my own writings; planners, notebooks, articles and publications and the reason behind such writings.

It would be interesting to see what conclusions people would draw from my own planners and notebooks after considering the way they are written and even down to the ink I use to write in them, as that does tell the reader something about me as a writer. I also reflected on what I want to happen to such writings once I have joined my ancestors. One other thing that I had not considered was writing in code and the ability to decipher such a code. That made me recall the BBC fictional series about a group of women who worked at Bletchley Park and used those techniques to solve crimes, and of course, the actual Bletchley Park which inspired the series.

I had never considered that I perhaps might leave a written note of why I write such material, I do though keep a copy of my articles when I submit them for publication and a copy of the published one. I do this for several reasons, one of which, is because I met an author a number of years ago and we began talking. They shared with me that they had not kept a copy of a book they had written and now the book was hard to come by. I thought that was quite sad and fairly ironic that they would have to pay somewhere in the region of £60 at least, to purchase a book that they had in fact written. I guess we all live and learn.

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Six Degrees of Separation from Where am I Now? to……

The #6Degrees meme occurs on the 1st of the month over at the blog, Books are my Favourite and Best which is written by Kate.

Where Am I NowI had not come across this memoir, but was familiar with the actress, although I did not recognise the name. My husband is a huge fan of the movie, Miracle on 34th Street in which Mara Wilson starred and we probably watch it several times during the festive season. At the time of writing this I have not ordered the book, but think I am very likely too!

For this month, I have lots to choose from as Memoirs and family stories really appeal to me, but lets see where we end up by book six.

Letters and Personal Writings

This is one of my personal favourites. Letters and diaries enable genealogists to have a gateway into the lives of our ancestors and the people who went before us and provide a fascinating insight into their lives and the times in which they lived.

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Another favourite is this by Helene Hanff and follows the exchange of letters between the author and the worker in a post Second World War two bookshop in London.

A House in St John's Wood

Moving on across the Capital, is this book from Matthew Spender, A House in St John’s Wood: In Search of My Parents as he researches the lives of his parents and the secrets they had.

Home - Julie MyersonRemaining in London we follow the clues of the lives of the former inhabitants of author, Julie Myerson’s house from the time it was built until recent times. Home is a fascinating read.

Bill Bryson At HomeA similar book, At Home: A Short History by well known, American author, Bill Bryson who uses a different tact, of exploring the history of his house, room by room.

End of Life Book Club by Will SchwalbeRemaining across the Atlantic we explore the book, The End of Your Life Book Club by William Schwalbe who spends time reading with his mother whilst she undergoes Chemotherapy and the discussions they had along the way.

This has been a great month and I could easily have done a 20 degrees of separation! Thanks to Kate for hosting another round of this and next month also looks to be a similarly challenge month as I will need to select just six books!

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Book of Me Prompts – September 2018

Book of Me2018

© 2017 Julie Goucher

Welcome to the ninth set of prompts for the 2018 Series of the Book of Me. You can read when the prompts are published and about the few changes at my earlier post HERE

There are five prompts each month and you can undertake as many or as few as you wish to.

  • What can’t you do?
  • What is your favourite food and why?
  • What is your favourite drink & why?
  • What is your favourite place and why? How does it make you feel?
  • What is your favourite relaxing technique?

If you have any questions or want to share thoughts or a blog link, if you decide to share via a blog (remember to, that you don’t have to share to take part in the series) then please leave a comment. Further discussion is also happening in the closed Facebook Group.

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