Wiltshire Family History Society – Devizes

Wiltshire Family History Society – Devizes  

On Tuesday the third of April I gave a talk at the Devizes branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society.  It was “Documenting Your Sources using family history software – Rootsmagic”. About 30 turned up which was very good.

As I expected I was asked if I had found out more about “Beryl’s Grandmother”. Fanny Richards birth is still a mystery although I am on the trail and probably have her cousin Uncle and grandparents. I had to confess that I have done very little since last years talk as I have concentrated on one name study.

I used Henry and Sarah Peapell and their son Frank Peapell to explain about documenting sources. Frank appears in a book written by P J Archer – the Villages and Highworth.

About half of the meeting used family history software but only one other had rootsmagic. Almost no one recorded their sources or if they did it was just as notes. I showed how to record fully using templates.  I have to say I enjoyed giving the talk more than I expected (but not I hope too much more than the audience did).  It provoked some questions and made a few people think about what they could do with their sources. Barbara Fuller also promised not to call me Terry again (my brother’s name).

Kevin Hurley,   April 2012

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