August 30, 2009


I tend not to watch TV – I just am not organised enough to tune it at the right time to catch things. What I do do is buy a complete run of a series and watch all the shows consecutively and exclusively. It has a weird immersive effect – after a while I even start dreaming it. Over the summer I watched the complete run of Battlestar Galactica -and have just finished it. I’m still not exactly sure what it all meant, but I can’t get it out of my head, so I guess it was good enough to make an impact. I’ve posted some thoughts about it to imdb here (Spoiler warning about the link though)

It’s probably the bleakest TV programme I’ve seen, but then it is about the almost complete destruction of all human life at least. I won’t say any more in case you haven’t seen it yet. I’d recommend it though.

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  1. Sue

    How are you getting on with your family tree? I’ve come to a complete standstill with one member of my family. I have her marriage certificate, I’ve found her on the 1911 census when she was eighteen but there is no trace of her in the 1901 census and no birth entry as far as I can see. Any ideas?

    30 Aug 2009, 20:28

  2. Hi Sue – I havent looked at it for a long while – I did as much as I could on the Internet – if I go any further it means contacting other groups (like the British families in India). Re: the missing member of your family. There are gaps in places because of files missed out or (more commonly) misspelled. I’d look up her parents or siblings and see if you can find them. She’ll probably be listed alongside them but spelt wrongly.

    02 Sep 2009, 15:33

  3. Sue

    I’ve got back as far as the early 1700’s on my paternal Grandfathers side but because I’ve come up against a brick wall with this Grandmother I’m finding it all the more intriguing. I’ve actually got her marriage certificate so I have the name of her father. This has led me to a family who had far more children than she ever talked about apparently (if its her family they would have been her siblings). None of them even vaguely match her name (even allowing for bad spelling) so I’m working on the theory that she either went to live with a relative, a grandparent, for example, which I believe was more common in those days or that when she was born she and her sister (whose name I do know) were registered under a different surname to the one they ended up with. This could be due to a second marriage or possibly illegitimacy.

    As far as the internet is concerned last night I tuned in to what was advertised as a live internet chat with an expert geneologist. It’s the first time I’ve ever done this and was rather disappointed when I realised that far from taking place in real time you had to pose a question and these were answered in order. It started at 9 o’clock and at 10 o’clock he said that he was going to call it a day before he got down as far as my question which later seemed to get completely lost in the ether. He said he was cutting the session short because earlier that day he’d been stung by a wasp.

    I imagine that your surname might be easier to work with than the ones I’m looking in to because it’s probably less common. Let me know if you want any help as I find the detective work quite enjoyable.

    02 Sep 2009, 20:19

  4. Getting back to the 1700s is amazing – I’ve got back as far as 1803 but that’s all. If I do more I’ll have to actually do something other than surf the web, and I’m not ready to do that yet. Maybe when I have more time, once the PhD’s over. I’d like to contact the British Families in India people to find out more about my great-great- and great-great-great-grandfathers who lived in India (my GGGF was born there).

    The confusion with illegitmacies and second marriages can really throw the genealogy research, particularly when children from various marriages are all grouped together. I’ve not tried contacting external experts, but so far have had a lot of help from family members who are also into it. The further afield you go in your family, the more likely you are to encounter other people who are researching and you can collaborate with. Good luck with it all.

    26 Sep 2009, 13:24

  5. Sue

    I’ve stopped doing it for the time being, I think partly because I don’t stick to hobbies for too long but also because I met this girl on Genesreunited who said that my Great great great Grandfather was her Great great great great Granfathers brother which really took me aback for some reason. We were conversing for a while about the possibility of having relatives in common but when she said that it stopped me dead in my tracks and I just didn’t want to go on. I surprised myself with this reaction but I think I just found the whole thing totally overwhelming.

    27 Sep 2009, 03:10

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