It’s been a while since I have written any posts on WordPress, as life has kept me very, very busy these past couple of months and I have also been working through my tree (at a slow pace) fixing any mistakes I come across and ensuring my sources are all cited correctly. I started this process January last year and I’m not even halfway. Although my paternal ancestry (off which I only know one half) and one-quarter of my maternal tree is completed up to the Tudor period (the branches which can be researched). Once the branches I am working on are finished I can then devote my time to writing more posts here on WordPress.
In the past I have found it all too easy to lose track of what I am working on and I used to jump from one branch to the next all the time, which often resulted in incomplete work and a lack of citation. My goal this past year or two has been to start at the beginning and work through each person and each generation, I usually only concentrate on ancestors, aunts, uncles and rarely no further then 1st cousins unless I notice something off interest. All of my posts last year were a result of this work and I plan to do the same with the branches I am currently working on.
Once this is all completed, the next phase of my research is my gateway ancestors which is an important area of my tree as these links offer a doorway into our medieval history, I will then be able to move forward again and complete my medieval branches. So I have a lot of work ahead of me (years of work).
This is my 18th year of family research and my tree has evolved a lot since those early days, I will probably still be sitting here when I’m 86 years old 🙂 or at least I hope so, I have a lot of knowledge I want to share with my family’s descendants.
I hope everyone’s research is coming along well, I will catch up soon with all of your posts.
Below is a six generation wheel chart relating to the ancestors of my great-grandfather Thomas Walter Frank Bean (1903 – 1965) His family were London-based and his ancestors hailed from London, Norfolk, Kent, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. He shares an ancestor with my paternal family and descends from the Howard, Grey and Bray family.