Today has been a genealogy day, thanks to rain outside and not having any prior commitments. I’ve been writing the “John Strachan and Margaret Haggerty and Susan Cran” story and am nearly there, but it has involved checking up on an awful lot of people. As John Strachan had 15 children, most of whom also had large families, there’s a lot to put together. Doing the research today certainly has had its up and down.
Oh, the joy of discovering two ancestors were married at the same time in the same place and are on the same page you download from ScotlandsPeople! Except the registrar gave them both the same parents when that wasn’t the case, but you do learn that not everthing on a certificate is always accurate. Then how annoying when you find a 1911 census entry, only available from ScotlandsPeople, spread over 2 pages and so have to pay for 2 downloads. I love ScotlandsPeople but it’s very easy to get carried away and spend far too much money buying credits, which is why I try to get as much as I can from Ancestry.
And isn’t it joyous when you track someone from childhood, through marriage, through all the census and to a death entry without a hiccup. And how frustrating when someone just disappears and searching for them under every variation you can think of producing absolutely nothing.
I’m wary of using trees on Ancestry as so many are poorly researched, but looking at someone else’s research can be a very good starting point, as long as you check their research and don’t just accept it. It then becomes frustrating when you look for a particular ancestor and find no-one else has got them on a tree. Poor, unloved ancestors!
The overwhelming thing about my Strachan ancestors, however, is how pretty much every male prior to the 1900s – and there are an awful lot of them – became a coal miner. What would Ayrshire’s coal industry have done without them?