Tuesday, 17 January 2012

What goes around comes around : Civil disturbance

I have been looking at the recent releases on the National Archives website. One thing struck me as events in our lifetime become history what little we learn from events of the past.
I was a student at London University in the early 1980's and in my second year I lived in a student house in Park Hill Clapham Common. In April that year the Brixton Riots took place. I was at home in Southampton as it was the Easter vacation but housemates said it could be heard from where we were living.
These riots took place in the early years of prime miniter Margaret Thatcher's conservative government and here we are some 30 years later with a new conservative government and further riots.

That same year the IRA bombed Chesea Barracks and some years later the centre of Manchester was also an IRA target both were places which I had frequented many times. I recall thinking at the time that how would I have felt being caught up in either disaster, but life is full of coincidences and near misses.

Do not forget that your experience will be your descendants history and the more we record what we think then the greater chance they will have of knowing more about you and your beliefs.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Plans for 2012

This is the time of year when we make those resolutions we hope to keep but oten don't so what plans do you have for 2012?
With lots going on at home and work I have decide not to make any big plans for my research this year,
In February I am hoping to attend WDYTYA Live but am still undecided as to whether to stay overnight or not and whether to just go on an early train and make a full day of it.
Last year I saw some of the webinars from Rootstech and I have also joined some of the Legacy Family Tree webinars and would recommend these to anyone who has the time.
I am not sure if they will be showing any of the presentations from Rootstech live this year but if they do it is a great way to see what is happening if you cannot make the conference.
I hope to post again soon with more about my own research.
Meanwhile don't forget to checkout Wikitree. If you contact me I will be happy to allow you access to edit your part of the tree.