This morning I spoke to the Thornbury U3A Family History Group on the subject "Descendants of Cutty Sark - Tracing Living People". They were a great audience, as ever, and asked some excellent questions about sources for tracing living people. I shared with them my personal research toolbox of links. It should keep them all busy researching for a while! Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some of my favourite websites for tracing living people here on this blog.
Yesterday I received a nice compliment about the design of my new Sodbury Genealogy website. I'd been feeling discontented with the old monochrome theme of this website and was also very conscious that the content needed updating. So I decided to do a makeover, using the same Weebly theme I've used for Sodbury Genealogy but with a different image header. The image I've chosen is a postcard I own, showing Coupar Angus, Perthshire in Edwardian times. I blogged about the postcard last year in Postcard from the Past. My aim was to give the two sites the feeling of "coming from the same stable", whilst being visually distinct from each other.
I've added lots of new content to the site, the main addition being a page devoted to my research into the crews of Cutty Sark. I've also added a page explaining my terms of business, covering topics such as ethics, the research agreement, copyright, payment and being prepared for research to turn up unexpected results! This last item was included following a discussion on the APG mailing list which showed that several of us have had to break bad news to clients about their ancestors. Harold Henderson of Midwest Roots reminded us that we are advised to raise this general issue with clients before starting a research project, so I've added a section to this website.
I hope you like the new layout and content. Please comment on this post to let me know what you think.