Post by Hawker Hurricane on Oct 6, 2010 20:02:38 GMT
I'm around, and I'm here to stay. I work as a professional local historian and genealogist and although my primary areas of specialisation are the ancient parishes of Leigh, Deane and Bolton, I'm happy to provide help and advice.
Just pop a message on the thread, or feel free to PM or email me and I'll do what I can to help. You'll see two small buttons under my avatar on the left. The green button with the @ symbol will allow you to send me a direct email; the orange button with the envelope symbol will let you send me a personal message via the forum.
Occasionally, due to work commitments it may take a day or two for me to reply, but reply I always will.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Oct 6, 2010 21:25:14 GMT
No probs all. I'm sure Emma will vouch for my passion on the subject. I remember the struggles and confusion when I first started out, with a lot less help around than there is now - but these days it sometimes seems there's too many places to try - especially with the pay-to-use sites - that you don't know where to turn. If I can save others some of the agonising frustration, then one of my missions will be achieved!!
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Oct 6, 2010 21:33:20 GMT
That's my excuse too, and I'm sticking to it. Besides, as long as I'm not charging or profiting by it, there's no 'conflict of interest' either - which is all that's prevented me from doing 'paid work on the side'.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Oct 6, 2010 21:48:55 GMT
I'm generally a pretty smiley sort of a person most of the time. You know, 'the glass is half full' and all that. I also try to be a pheasant plucker as much as possible. As for the passionate, well, I am about things that I think are worth caring that much about, which includes my friends. I think (and hope) that those who fit into that category have a good idea that that means them!!
Jim 'Hawker Hurricane' Robinson Professional Local Historian and Genealogist, RNLI Governor and SWARM Admin and Vice-chair (a.k.a. Tea-Boy)!!
Jim - I've been tracking my family history for several years now and am stuck so would love to take you up on your offer of help if possible.
I'm trying to track down information about five family members that were killed in/around Salford in the bombings in 1940. My great grandparents (John and Agnes Gardner) along with 3 of their 6 children died (Anthony, Martin and Anne Gardner). I believe the children would have been younger than 13 at the time as my grandfather (John Gardner) was born in 1927 and I am lead to believe he was the 2nd eldest (his elder sister Elizabeth and a younger sister survived with him). My grandfather came out to Australia in about 1950 and died in 1992 - he told my grandmother not to ask about his family in the UK so details are sketchy.
One would think that if 5 family members died together in the bombings that there would be some kind of record about them...