These are pages highlighting people in my various family trees. Family history is more than compiling trees, it is about lives lived, things done and the links between our ancestors and ourselves. These are voices that want to be heard.
I also have posts – these are snippets of information that I have picked up, unlike the pages they relate to the wider sphere of material I come across. All researchers know that the guardian angel of synchronicity will lead them into odd corners, into areas that are fascinating but not directly relevant. So I note these in posts.
I am a serious family historian, not interested in simple family trees (although I certainly have plenty of them) but in the stories, the history and the people. I am lucky in possessing quite a lot of family material and having heard a lot of family stories from my parents and grandparents – I have never forgotten these stories and many have been confirmed as I research them. I am a librarian by qualification and much of m life worked as a reference librarian – a dying breed. I have a good knowledge of the ‘paper’ resources, and experience in internet resources and searching. My grandfather, Frank Elliott Birks was a proficient family historian and it is from him that I caught the bug! Long before the internet he did his research the hard way – it is much easier for modern researchers. His records are amazingly accurate and involved a huge amount of time and expertise.
There is a great deal more to family history than lists of dates, census data and chronologies. I believe that in some way the dead talk to us through memories of the living, documents and photographs. I view my pages as a form of social networking – joining the living past to the present. I welcome comments and additional information.