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Most people starting out on research may only have partial information to go on: possibly a name, a medal, a story or a photograph.
She brought with her a (large) yellow archive box which held letters, photographs, certificates, invoices and other documents; she also had a file and a hard drive.
The material in the box was often the starting point for a line of enquiry and Susanah pointed out that it helped to be nosy as that’s what family history is.
Have you tried a Google search for people or places? In conclusion Susanah said that she hoped she had given people the incentive to carry on researching; everyone will research in an individual way to realise that you will also have a “To do list” which will get longer and longer.
The audience thoroughly enjoyed Susanah’s talk which got everyone talking in the social time after the talk – lots of ideas were exchanged and I’m sure we all went away ready to look again at our family trees (and to create “To do lists”).
Photographs of servicemen vary in quality but Jonathan gave some very useful tips about looking for clues.
He suggested that we learn to identify three of the cap badges (Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Army Service Corps) as those three regiments accounted for a large percentage of the army.The 1881 census was originally made available as a CD after it had been transcribed in America; Susanah could not find the family in the Downham Market area but eventually found the name had been transcribed as Danius.In a later census the girl is recorded as Rosie which also made searching more difficult.She hoped to encourage beginners to make a start and the more experienced to consider alternative lines of enquiry.Susanah also said that she hoped to show that not everyone who does family history has to be an expert or even to have everything filed away tidily!As Susanah put it: more dotted lines on the family tree and another item on the “To do list”.