Time to apologise for slavery, Findmypast....again and World War One memorabilia
1. Time to apologise for slavery?
Should Britain apologise for slavery? This article is about Jamaica in general and deals with how many in Wales benefited but it is a much bigger issue of course. I seem to recall a programme several years ago dealing with compensation to the descendants of slaves that involved multiple millions of pounds. I believe it is right to apologise but I also can't see that it would make much difference to those affected if only that were given. What they need is help, probably financial in nature. And here is the problem. Do I believe in an apology? Yes. Do I believe in helping descendants of slaves? Yes. Do I believe in compensation? No. I simply don't believe that those in needs should be punished for something they had no involvement in. Yes, some of our British ancestors were involved in this tragedy but how long does it go on for? My own were. Should I pay reparations? Is it as simple as that? What if I told you my ancestor wasn't interested in that life and was written out of his father's will, and inherited nothing? At what point aren't you responsible? As with everything in history, the key is to learn and educate to ensure something like this never happens again. So, I ask again, should Britain apologise?
2. Preserving World War One artifacts
Lancashire residents are being asked to look for memorabilia for a family history roadshow at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. It got me thinking that people tend to through things away unless they are something of value or something so old it will have some value. They tend to forget that items they may take for granted, perhaps considered mundane, might be thought of as interesting or amazing (and, yes, perhaps have some value) either now or in the near future. Items from this period in history should be preserved so that we can remember what life was really like and teach it to our own ancestors. Not the Hollywood version of it but the real daily lives of so many.
3. Dr Foster went to Gloucester....... or was it Cheltenham
Famous sons of Cheltenham.
4. Cheshire Burial Records.
Added 185,000 deaths and cremations online on www.deceasedonline.com. They are the first to do so. Let's hope more follow soon!
5. The will to leave a will
Good blog on searching for beneficiaries of the dead, how people react and why you should leave will yourself.
6. Findmypast ...........again.
Herefordshire records added by Findmypast. Parish information for 1538-1910 - over 4 million records!
Good article on the growing fortunes of genes reunited. I must admit I recently let my subscription lapse but may consider renewing it given some of the work Brightsolid are doing.
7. Android ancestry review.
Ancestry gets thumbs up from PC Advisor for its Android app.