Looking back at over things,
It’s funny how things turn out. I was initially visiting the Library to look at George Merriman’s Manuscripts & pedigrees etc, with a bit of “British India” hunting added on. But it ended up being the other way round!.
So I wasn’t all that prepared regarding “British India heavy” hunting. I did the best I could with what stuff I DID have.
This was my first visit, was finding my way around etc, I learnt how use to a film machine.
The guys on the reference desk were awesome & really helpful. Though found it hard to take everything they were telling me. It was all a bit “info overload”, at times I felt like just I wanted to curl up & hide.
I know I may have to repeat much of the hunting I did in my initial British Library visiting, but hey that’s ok! I’ll know my way around & know what to expect, I’ll (hopefully) have a more solid plan
I came away with (lot) more that I had at the start of my visit.
That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!
NOTE – I may add more to this as & when I remember things.
Misc bits & pieces
A few times I’d totally confuse myself, trying to find (say) the birth record of my Gran (Dorothy Verner Terry) only to realize I was looking at the ‘wrong’ darn film reel! lol
Oh, I forget which day it was (either day 2 or 3) I asked if the had any ‘Aden’ records (part of the British India empire) As one of my Gran’s Uncles (Donald Terry) was born in Aden. The guy on the reference desk got them ordered up, he also said the records were quite fragile. When the records come, I was a bit scared to even touch them, I was like “got any white gloves” they just laughed a bit. I didn’t really look at them all that well. ….. Was scared in touching them, they were so fragile!
One of the records I’d hastily scrambled to gather together (staying up quite late on the 3rd night) was on my Parrott line.
Was the term “Private Out Pensioner Chelsea Hospital”
While it was pretty easy to read, I just didn’t understand what it meant. The ‘poor’ guy (refer desk) was trying to help me. I just didn’t know HOW explain what I wanted. But I get it now. (feel quite stupid now though!)
Why didn’t I look on google months/years ago when I first encountered the term? lol