Well I can only say that the madness today must be my own!! Why was I so mad (or silly really) to not put information that I patiently retrieved from a very elderly relative a few years ago straight into my genealogy programme? Why was I so mad (or silly) to store these notes in such a safe place that I could not find them?
Turn the clock back just a few years and you will find me asking my elderly Aunt questions about our relatives that she only just remembered who lived at Eastleigh in Hampshire! After a lot of patient indirect questioning so she didn’t feel bombarded with intrusive questions, I managed to pick up names, places and lovely descriptions like “oh yes, the big house on the corner” and “they had a big parrot you know” and “it was lovely visiting old Uncle Tom, we sat round the table, all of us, singing Little Brown Jug” and all sorts of other little bits of snippets to add to the main details I had collected. I went home and put this info in a safe place in readiness to add to my genealogy programme very soon. A few days later I researched this particular family group because although they were family, my Aunt could not quite remember which branch they were connected to! I was very pleased with myself because I found the connection, made all sorts of notes to add to the ones I had taken with my Aunt and intended to add all this to my genealogy programme very soon!
Now to the present, and of course, you guessed it, I didn’t actually put that info on my programme anytime soon after getting the info. But it was kept in a safe place in readiness for adding to that programme.
Now I have this newer, updated blog, I am sorting out all sorts of things to add to it and this in turn is getting me to do all the things I should have done a long time ago, like scanning photos and documents – all the things I kept meaning to do.
I decided I wanted to add a family tree chart for the family I had collected that information about from my Aunt a few years ago. Oh my goodness, where is it? What did I do with it? I have piles of folders, files, papers and just so much stuff for my research after just over 20 years delving into the family but it is just toooooooo much to go through.
I saw my Aunt a few days ago, she is very soon to be 100 years old. I reminded her of those relatives to see if she could remind me of the notes I had taken. Sadly she can’t remember much at all now, not the names, not the places, but she does remember them all often sitting round the table singing Little Brown Jug!! Well I was in despair, I knew I had the info somewhere but it would take me forever to find. I could not believe just how silly (mad) I was not to do something with the information then and there when I collected it a few years ago.
So, I had a chat with my Mum, she is almost fifteen years younger than my Aunt so can remember more easily. But, as she pointed out, she came along a long time after her brother and sisters and so did not really have anything to do with the relatives that I wanted the particular information about as they were very elderly and she was so young. So, for the last few days I was more in despair because I was beginning to feel that this info had been lost maybe forever!
I searched and searched through all my papers, but could not find this particular info. To say I was down in the dumps doesn’t really decribe the feeling of annoyance with myself for not acting on it straight away. I decided ok, I better search from scratch, there’s more on the internet now, so give it a go. Well, I am delighted to say that I found the information I wanted on the internet after flitting from here and there to different sites and was very pleased with myself.
And you know what? Guess what I found yesterday in my paperwork? Yes, the original notes I took a few years ago chatting to my Aunt then and the follow-up notes I had done when I found the information to find the connection!!!!! And it also confirmed what I found on the internet in the last couple of days, so I haven’t made any mistakes in trying to do this research again and doing it quickly.
Now, I am determined to get myself more organised. Doing this blog is helping a lot with that. I have started a Live Journal blog, but it is from me to only me and is now my To Do List place and where I will keep all the Notes and jottings I have accrued and forgotten about over the years – it’s surprising how many useful bits and pieces I have found while searching for those notes I collected a few years ago with my Aunt. So I have started the Live Journal now and will have all sorts of bits and pieces in one place only, so I can dip into it and use it and hopefully never lose it!! I’m sure I won’t be so mad (silly) again, I’ve learned my lesson!!!