Week 21 in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challegne, and even after weeks of thinking about the letter U, I still have not come up with anything specific that I wanted to write a whole blog post on … so hence
U is for UNDECIDED
I did however come throw around a whole bunch of ideas in my head such as:
Un-be-lieve-able … I did actually start a post on this one, but then changed my mind. It is true – what you find while you are research can be simply mind blowing, it can leave you gobsmacked, and is simply UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE! Stories of bravery and heroism, stories of tragedy and heartbeak, stories of true courage, stories that simply make you go WOW in amazement! Even stories that make you cringe. It is these stories that really makes your family, YOUR family. And guaranteed along the way you’ll find something that you never even imagined was possible, something that is better that fiction!!
Umbrella … For some reason umbrella kept popping into my head. And while it would be cool to have an heirloom umbrella (particularly the parasol kind – love them) sadly I don’t have any, so I had to omit umbrella from my list.
Unidentified Photos … I know we can ALL relate to this one. We have been fortunate enough to have been given old family photos (or copies of them). Yet we don’t know who they are!!! How dare they not name (and date) everyone on them for us!! I mean how inconsiderate of our ancestors to not think of us 😉 … alas, we must be happy to have the photos – names or no names.
Unregistered Births, Deaths and Marriages … I’m sure I have some of these, but none specific come to mind. But for anyone who was born, married or died in Australian prior to the early 1840s you’re gonna be hard pressed to find records as civil registration didn’t start in Australia until around the early 1840s (note: technically it wasn’t Australia then, rather each state was a Colony in itself).
Unit Histories … Anyone that is researching their military ancestors will love finding that a book has been written on their particular military battalion or company. For me I was researching my great grandfather, Otto Rafael Winter (yes, I have mentioned him before). He was in the 50th Battalion AIF, and then transferred to the 1st Tunnelling Company to dig trenches on the Western Front. I have two books that relate to these battalions: Hurcombe’s Hungry Half Hundred is a unit history relating to the 50th Battalion and Beneath Flanders Fields, relates to the Tunnellers.
Unreadable Handwriting … This is another that I sure every researcher can relate to. You’ve searched, and searched and have finally found the census page that your ancestor is on … but, you get to that page and it is unreadble. Although the census enumerators were ‘learned’ the handwriting of some of them is atrocious. This has also been known to happen with certificates, parish registers, passenger lists, and letters … Couldn’t they just write neater, it’d make our life so much easier!!!
So there you go, that’s my batch of U words for the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. Can you see why I ended up undecided? Lots of topics, but none that would warrant a full post, well I think not anyway.