play my theremin wrote:
Do you ever use Ancestory.com, or do you do it the traditional way?
Both, I used the GRO online service before it all got moved onto Ancestry.com, but wherever possible I try to go back to the original documents. I tend to use Ancestry to get hints, then I go elsewhere to get corroborative evidence. It helps to know where to look, which only comes with experience.
No internet record could match the thrill of sitting in the reading room in Old Aberdeen Townhouse, looking at the actual piece of paper signed by my great-great grandfather agreeing to lease a farm from the Earl of Aberdeen.
I've visited records offices, libraries, old churches, cemeteries, newspaper archives, military museums, and met some very interesting people. I've been contacted by distant cousins from all over the world and learned a lot.
Cool stuff, Fellini.
Do like 'Who Do You Think You Are'.
My brother who recently passed away, last month in fact, took it upon himself to research the roots and he found all kinds of fascinating people, places and things in the doing. There were so many more things I'd wanted to ask him about before he left us.
I do like 'Who Do You Think You Are', Alec. I guess your brother had the bug too, I think we all wish we'd asked or said more when we lose someone. You must miss him a lot, my thoughts are with you and your family.