I m delighted to join Julie's concept of WorldwideGenealogy and look forward to contributing and exchanging views with fellow bloggers.
To give a brief introduction to my own particular family history interests:
- .I am Susan Donaldson, aka ScotSue. I was born in England but have been in Scotland for over 50 years. I now live in the Scottish Borders, a rural area in the south east corner of
Scotland, covering the old county names
of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. I am a member of my local history group - Auld Earlston,
- My background is history and librarianship. Over the years, my career has
spanned a year' in New England (Cambridge, Mass.) and back home work in a College of Education, citizen's advice bureau,
tourist information centre network, and the local studies department of the library
- My final post, before retirement, was at the Heritage Hub - home of the Scottish Borders Archive, Local History & Family History Service. My role involved answering enquiries, conducting research for customers, compiling source lists, contributing to the Hub blog and presenting workshops on family history. Besides the standard family history sources of census returns, old parish records and monumental inscriptions, the Heritage Hub holds a rich collection of unique archival material not available anywhere else, including:
- Militia lists from the times of the Napoleonic Wars
- Police, criminal and justice records from the mid 19th century
- Poor law records from c.1845
- School records from c.1873
- Burgh and county council records from the mid 17th century
- Valuation rolls of property from c.1860
|Heritage Hub, Hawick - home of the Scottish Borders Archive Service|
- I love following the ancestral trail, not only of my own Danson, Rawcliffe
and Weston families of England (Lancashire and the West Midlands), but also my
husband's Donaldson family who, with a mariner background, came from Leith, Edinburgh's seaport and later moved to South Shields on the River Tyne in north east England.
- Looking beyond Britain, my aunt emigrated to Australia just after World War Two, though sadly, following her death, contact has been lost with this branch of the family. However thanks to my blog, I am in touch with a third cousin in New Jersey and received a wealth of material from her.
- Setting up my blog (Family History Fun) and joining Geneabloggers brought a major boost to my family history activities. I relish the blog experience of telling my family history stories to a wider audience (instead of boring my family), establishing this different style of writing, and making new contacts with fellow enthusiasts - their comments and advice has been invaluable. Let's face it, although we enjoy writing, recognition from others is a great motivator.
Writing family history narratives, rather than research, has taken up my time over the past year. However I am planning to redress the balance here and highlight some of the pleasures and pitfalls of my current research in both local and family history
Now away from the workplace, I am also realise that my computer skills have not kept pace with technology, I would like to become competent in creating photo collages, and I know I should be making much better use of social media - I am sure fellow bloggers have views on these topics.
I look forward to being part of this new Worldwide Genealogy network.