Met yesterday with Barb the apprentice. She’s motivated! Apparently she’s learning. Here’s what we discussed.
I had asked for ten hours a week. Barb confessed to 19. Like I say, she’s motivated. Made her husband drive the 6 hours to Seattle last week while she studied. this on top of online research, precis writing, creating the 15 questions, etc. assigned. Then she ordered a critical civil registration from England which miraculously appeared in time.
We discussed civil registration in England and all the problems with indexes, both original and on-line versions. Under-registration was covered. Did you ever wonder why some records are not found? Six percent, at least, of births, marriages and deaths before 1851 were not registered. The omissions are greater immediately after registration. Then of course there is the problem of incompetence of the civil service. Marriage registration indexes are appallingly bad. The records are there, the access is blocked. Barb was enlightened. She went away with several reading assignments concerning index problems.
Last week she read two articles on organization and is gungho to re-do her own. But I told her to hold off, then read some more. Among these readings is a review of Clooz, a most interesting software program that bears serious scrutiny by more of us. I hope she orders it.
This week research assignment is to find and order birth registrations for Edward Hambrooks siblings. So she’ll be back in the censuses, and birth registrations. Her chapter fo study is on census. She’ll write up the precis, create 15 questions, and memorize census days for English censuses 1841-1901. We meet again early next week.