A new blog – well, who do I think I am?

Hello, my identify is Phil. I’m a genealogist and I’ve began this little weblog to share a few of my findings and the issues that I discover attention-grabbing as I’m going by my journey of familial self-discovery.

However Phil, I hear you say, there are lots of, no 1000’s, of family tree blogs on the market. What have you ever obtained to say that others aren’t already saying. Good level, I reply. Nicely, for one factor I’m me and never one of many 1000+ different genealogists within the Bloggersphere. I’ve my very own views, my very own background, experiences and abilities, a few of which I hope will translate into helpful genealogical pointers and, if I’m very luck, an attention-grabbing learn.

I ought to say just a little about myself at this level. I used to be born within the north-west of England the place I lived till escaping to school to review physics and astrophysics. I joined the IT trade practically 30 years in the past and have had a wide range of technical, analytical and consulting roles. I’m fortunately married to the great Gilly, we now have two grown up kids and stay in Oxfordshire. I’ve been researching my household historical past since round 2004 and I now work on a wide range of family tree initiatives, some for myself, some for my spouse’s household, some for associates and a few for the Oxfordshire Household Historical past Society.

My very own tree is product of northern English working class grit – exhausting staff who typically lived exhausting lives, both within the mills and factories of the north or engaged on the land. My spouse’s tree couldn’t be a much bigger distinction, comprising gentry, landowners, inventory brokers, newspaper magnates and features from continental Europe.

I discover that a substantial amount of bandwidth in family tree books, magazines, articles and blogs, is dedicated to sources: what sources can be found and the way they are often accessed. Far much less is alleged about methodology. In my day job the strategy taken to any undertaking, the methodology one chooses, is the important thing to success. So, on this weblog I purpose to focus in on technique at any time when and wherever I can. Sure, I’ll speak about sources, however I wish to convey genealogical technique to the forefront.

Realizing how to deal with a genealogical conundrum is each bit as necessary as realizing the place to search for the proof to unravel it. I hope to make use of this weblog to point out that.