So what happens when the family researcher comes up with a blank, when the search engines return a ‘nil’ response?
The reaction can be unsettling to say the least. But sometimes the way out is a simply email. When I could not find a marriage certificate I finally contacted the national actives. The result was welcome but also gives some insight why your best attempts to locate the missing data are not without good reason.
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Following my last article, There are Records and then there are Records, I have been contacted by a reader who quite legitimately questioned my rationale behind a statement I made with reference to the birth of Susanna Ford.
The point of concern was the fact that the source upon which I was relying, that is the birth certificate of Susanna Ford, was in fact a ‘collective’ record rather than an ‘individual’ record of Susanna’s birth. The point being made, how can I assert that such record is correct given the number of years between those who appear on the collective record? This is a thoughtful question and deserve a considered response particular given the subject matter of the previous article.
My latest article may be accessed here.
In following through on researching family records I have taken the opportunity of looking at the life of Margaret Ford Purdie. Margaret Ford Purdie was the daughter born to Susanne Ford and James Ford just before they immigrated to South Australian in 1848.
Both her and her mother survived the three months passage to South Australia.
Margaret Ford Purdie married James Grigg in Port Adelaide in 1866 and died in Broken Hill, NSW, in 1939. Quick link.
It is one thing researching your family and finding all the data but the question is, what do you do with it?
What you end up doing with your data is an aspect of family research which may have escaped those who have just begun the journey. As I outline in my latest article, Security and Security, commercial ancestry websites are not necessarily the place to go. To control your data is an important aspect of family research and one that generally gets little attention.
Genealogy without Ancestry is about how I managed to find my ancestors and document their lives without the assistance of commercial ancestry websites.
It is apparent reading any number of facebook posts that many ancestry searchers are frustrated with using commercial ancestry sites. While there are any number of websites advising how to do this for free, and some of these sites are not without merit, there is the aspect that the dedicated researcher will have to branch out on their own at some point.
So I begin a series of posts about my own personal experience in researching my family’s history. Not everything about one’s family is contain in the BDM files. At some point the researcher will have to leave the safe haven of state archives and spread their wings in order to join the dots together. But how to make sense of all this additional material that is not closeted away? For instance, just what makes evidence reliable? How to differentiate between the possible and the probable?