Just a quick update of this post, mainly so I can keep track of what I’ve achieved.
1. Finish searching the French online records for my Oldham family in Calais. The Census and Birth/Marriage/Death records are all freely available online. I’ve found the family in 1866, but also need to look further back to see if the previous generation spent time there and also if any of them went to Australia. I’ve completed searching the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1866, 1872 and have begun 1836. I’ve also checked the Oldham family research I’ve done so far & have decided to go back to the start & recheck everything; they are a very confusing bunch! So until I’ve done this I won’t be starting items 2, 3, or 4 on this list.
2. Transcribe sections of Joseph Woolley’s diary and finish reading/copying the remainder at the Nottingham Archives. Continuing with the Oldham family, but this time in Clifton, Nottinghamshire. Joseph Woolley was a framework knitter from Clifton, as well as his own business his diary documents he commented on his neighbours and local events. I need to transcribe the pages I’ve already photographed and finish reading the remaining sections in the Archives. Not started yet.
3. Finish checking the Methodist records at the Nottinghamshire Archives. I’m mostly looking for Oldhams in these records, but other family names have cropped up too. Not started yet.
4. Make use of the Nottinghamshire Family History Society’s research room. To find more Oldham information, specifically Thomas Oldknow Oldham’s birth/baptism around 1834. Also check their online databases. Not started yet.
5. Finish reading Percy Richardson’s war diary and finish the blog posts. Not started this yet.
6. Tidy and reorganise documents, certificate and books. Before ordering any more! I’ve started clearing unwanted paperwork & filing the rest.
7. Check out parish records on Find My Past. Look for my May family in Frant, Sussex from 1600 working backwards. Not started yet.
8. Visit some local churchyards to look for gravestones. Sawley, Moira, Donisthorpe, Church Wilne, Draycott, Basford, Ashby-de-la-Zouch & others aren’t too far away to visit and record any memorial inscriptions. I’ll leave this until the summer.
9. Look for tithe maps and census information for Pilsley. To find out who lived in and/or owned my late father-in-law’s farmhouse. I now have copies of the deeds going back to 1901 and have researched one of the owners via the census. It appears the owner later passed the property on to his son, so he’s the next individual to research.
10. Start scanning photos. I received a Doxie Flip as a Christmas present so I’m intending to scan and share many of my photos. I’ve scanned quite a few family photos & shared them via Dropbox with family members. I’ve also started scanning and sharing Auntie Joy’s photo albums.