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01 August 2006 @ 08:54 am
Most of Saturday was spent looking at family tree stuff - we did the last set of searches on Pattersons (males) and ordered a few more certificates - death certificate for J's great-great-great-great-grandfather, birth certificate for girl that's only listed in the census returns as his grand-daughter & we'd like to know whose daughter she is, birth certificate for one of J's great-great-great-grandfather's siblings to get his mother's maiden name (the chap in the direct line was born before 1837 when there was no central registration of births) and a couple of other things. We also transcribed a bunch of records & tracked down some more :)

In the evening we went out for drinks at The Dove with Andrew & Justin. I had a bit of a shoe disaster on the way there - the sole of one of my sandals detached from the insole, it had happened once before but I'd glued it back together, obviously rather less than successfully. This meant I spent all evening barefoot - might as well've worn the flip-flops I'd been wearing all day, it'd've been more comfortable ;) Still, a pleasant evening, nice company & good beers :)

Sunday was mostly spent feeling somewhat overtired, and a little hungover (some of us are adult enough to admit this ;) ), but we still captioned the photos we'd scanned from the old photo album. That was about all the 'useful' stuff we got done, though - the rest of the afternoon & evening was spent playing Quake 4 :)

Skipping over the evening's bad news & moving on to yesterday - I mostly did housework & shopping of the boring sort. Getting my sandal professionally fixed in the process - for about a tenth of the cost of new sandals, so that's all good. In the evening we played more Quake4 - the new patch (1.3) finally came out, so we were looking at the new maps & the new weapon & seeing what the changed stuff was like :) I definitely approve of the new weapon - it's a napalm gun! Eat firey death!! :D *coff* I've seen better players complain that it's overpowered, and this may well be the case - I'm inept enough to not find this an issue ;) - but it's definitely cool.
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J: calligraphyrethought on August 1st, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
You may have said before and I've missed it, but how are you going about all your geneology research? Software/Online Subscription/Paper records?

Margaretpling on August 1st, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
We're mostly using Ancestry.co.uk, which has all the England & Wales census data from 1841-1901 online & searchable (and Scotland 1841, they're still working transcribing etc for the other dates) - it's pay-to-access anything other than 1881, but we certainly feel we're getting our moneys worth :) So far we've not exhausted all the stuff we want to look up in the censuses, but after that I'm thinking we'll have to go to parish records and other offline stuff.
J: bunny chainrethought on August 1st, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
I've been working with them as well. I feel like I get 'lost' in some of their interfaces, especially as I'm working with overseas entries as well that spit me out into Ancestry.com on occasion. Exciting to have the link though, so I'm not complaining too much. :)