#52Ancestors Posts V, VI, VII and VIII: Four weeks of updates in one

Not quite in chronological order (!) a rundown of my last four weeks of #52Ancestors:

Week VI: Mapping in March

Unusually, I include much of the post from my One-Place Studies post below because it may be of interest to blog followers here, too:

“The theme for week six of #52Ancestors is ‘maps’. I have two reasons to connect to this theme this March.

Firstly, I have two talks available at RootsTech this year, going live on 3 March 2022. You can find them as follows:

Business histories: putting our ancestors into their commercial communities

The American Library, Norfolk

The first has some mapping that I created myself, so it fits nicely into the theme!

The second talk is noted just for completeness, really.

To watch either you’ll need to register, but registration is free, and talks are available for a year afterwards (except for a few live sessions over the coming three days).”

You can read the full post here.

Week V: Branching out

In error, I forgot to post a link to my week five post, which focused on a Walne-Branch marriage in Laxfield and whether the gentleman involved belonged in my study.

Week VII and Week VIII: Landed and Courting, respectively

I spent these weeks working on a writing challenge: Reclaim Jane, created by Natalie Pithers of Genealogy Stories and the Curious Descendants Club.

It really pushed me out of my comfort zone by encouraging me to write in a different way. Think of a story based on facts rather than a more factual narrative based on cited sources; I even wrote it in the first person.

The challenge encouraged us to share our work in the related Facebook group, which I did (although with some trepidation, given it wasn’t my usual style). Thankfully, everyone was very supportive, and I had some lovely feedback.

Why am I including it under Landed and Courting? Because the couple at the centre of the story had a boat, and because they ended up in court. Simple!

Why is it not published here? Because although I changed all the names, the person I wrote about – my Jane – is still recalled by some of my family (she died just over 50 years ago). The story won’t appear publicly until I have shared it with those that remember her and received their blessing to publish it more widely. Sometimes our work as family historians is for wider consumption, and sometimes it isn’t! Or at least, not yet…

An excerpt will appear on Natalie’s blog in the near future.

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Reclaim Jane (February 2022)

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