There was one about getting organised: one coloured box / folder (real and/or virtual) for each grandparent. So, I've done that.
|Not only for organising info, but a useful high ground|
|The traditional family tree|
|Pedigree chart style|
(And, it all justifies the love of stationery... seriously! Hunting down four different coloured boxes, plastic envelopes, highlighter pens. Bliss!)
I've also downloaded the free version of Legacy - family tree database software. A distant cousin has it, too, so I'm hoping I can get all of the info she has on hers, and add it to mine - so I don't have to redo it all.
Searching genealogy resources has brought up some interesting questions, but all the information will have to be checked and verified, of course.
Thanks to historical Births, Deaths and Marriages online, I have been able to order some documents to aid in my hunt. With each little breadcrumb, my trail grows. I ordered a birth certificate of an Isabella Graydon, the name of my father's father's mother's mother... alas, I didn't pay enough attention, and her birth date was 1898. Quite a trick, when her daughter was married in 1895... and 'her' first grandson was born in 1896... Hmmm. There is no other Isabella Graydon in the database.
But, I mustn't get too excited and run off in too many directions at once. Focus on one person at a time, and follow their trail.
At the moment - it is Aunty Mum - my father's mother's mother. There's a newspaper article saying she was a survivor of the 1886 Tarawera Eruption. She would have been about three. I've put feelers out... now I wait.