I have, for some years, now, been researching my husband’s family tree, in Essex. It is quite an easy thing to pick up. If I can do it, then anyone can !!!!
The satisfaction that you get from finding an ancestor, is truly amazing. There are a great number of people, now, in Essex, who are researching, and, although it does take a lot of your time, if, like me, you have some time to spare, then it is most enjoyable.
Making contact with people who are also researching the same family names as yourself, is also rewarding, and you help each other, then, to continue, with your research.
I think that sometimes seeing how our ancestors lived and worked can be quite an eye opener. To find just how many people could, and had to share one room, at that time was unbelievable.
It can be an expensive hobby if you let it, but there is no need for it to be, as you can look up records and census and print them out, for your own files.
One day, I having spent a great deal of time, researching one particular person, having looked at the info that I found on someone with that name I printed it all out, sent for a copy of his birth, only to find that he wasn’t the same person, that I had wanted.!!!! I am still working on finding him now, but that’s how it goes.
I have made many new contacts through this hobby and find it is good to keep in touch with them. It is only an email once a twice a month, maybe, but you find that you have so many contacts, through the ever widening family tree, that you rarely have a day goes by when you don’t hear from one of them.
The web provides a good source of information, of course, and there is the web-site “Seax” which is an official web-site, run by the Essex Records Office. You can look up people on there, and find out so much about them, even if there were any convictions against them. (this is, of course, dating back to earlier times !!!) Convictions were usually for the theft of a piece of ribbon, or, in one case, I found someone I was researching had been a witness to a theft of a brass weather cock, which was on the top of a building.
If anyone is considering started their family tree, you will need time, and patience and a little detective work, too !!!!
So, for those of you about to give it a go, good luck.Tags: Essex Recods Office, Genealogy, genealogy in Essex