Well my 2nd British Library Visit in the bag.
I went up last week (11th – 17th Nov 2018), I was initially was only going til 15th Nov 2018, but I decided to extend my stay at the YHA an extra couple of nights.
My visit this time was loads better, I was MUCH more prepared. Did have a couple of ‘crappy’ unproductive days though. There’s always gonna be crappy, unproductive days in family history.
The Asian & African Studies staff, were again super awesome, helped me loads.
Had a few “Oh, you twit” moments, as well as some really cool finds.
One of my ‘twit’ moments was, I had been looking though the “UK appointments to Indian Railways 1849-1925 Index” I went to ask if they had any thing else regard Indian Railways, the woman at the desk picked up on of the booklets that were on the desk (a FIBIS fact file), I instantly (inwardly) groaned, cos I had my own copy with me.
FIBIS – Families in British India Society
Another was, one of the items I had ordered up from the archives was showing as “ready for collection” so I go to collect it, the guy tells me I had already looked at it and sent it back. I reply “No I don’t think so” ….. I go check my notes & discover ‘Oh yes, I had looked at it, I tell the guy “yea, you’re right”
Now some of my really cool finds
One of my cool finds was a marriage record for one of Sydney Terry’s nephews, ‘Vernon Jenet’ …….. witnessed by William Fitzallan Parrott (Sydney Terry’s father in law.)
[How people are related]
– Vernon Jenet, is Olive & Lionel Jenet’s son
– Lionel Jenet is Olive Terry’s 1st husband (Olive married twice)
– Olive Terry is one of Sydney Terry sisters
– Sydney Terry is my Gran’s Father.
– My Gran is Dorothe Verna Terry
Finding a couple of ‘Terry’ relations (Harold & Edward Terry) in the Indian Army records of service c1900-1947 Index.
Ordering and getting photos of Harold & Edward’s Service Records. (Harold & Edward are 2 of Sydney’s brothers)
The smaller image is from Edward Vernon Terry’s Records & the other is from Harold Godfrey Terry’s Records.
Some other pics I took were of info regard Sydney’s occupation
( From Histories of Services: Punjab 1938-1939 [V/12/344] )
William Fitzallan Parrott
I took a couple of other pics from the same book (Thacker’s Indian Directory 1897) but they didn’t turn out very well.
In the last hour or so of my last day (of my 2nd visit block) one of the ref desk guys (I’ll call D) came out from their staff area & asked how I was doing. I told/showed him what I’d got managed to do that day. I asked if the ‘other guy’ (I’ll call J) was about, D said J was out at that moment but would let J know.
They both (D & J) came out a bit later & I updated J in the days finds & stuff. D & J went back into their staff area, I finished off what I was doing, then called a day at about 4.30 & went back to the hostel.
What will I manage to find next time! ….. who knows!.
Am already planning visit #3 lol
That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!