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Best Websites for?

Postby Babs » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:00 pm


As someone with many Scottish ancestors I'm sure I'm not alone in finding most genealogy magazines heavily biased towards english research. I somehow expected more from the new WDYTYA magazine - maybe because it's linked to a national organisation


However, as usual Scotland is more or less ignored. A prime example was your “Best Websites For Researching Coalmining Ancestors” For Scotland we have one mention - the Scottish Mining Museum site - which is briefly mentioned in the also look out for section. I'm sure the Museum itself is fantastic, but their website hardly constitutes a good research site.


I could understand this if there were no good Scottish sites but there are! Two fantastic sites are [link=http://www.mining-villages.co.uk/index.html]http://www.mining-villages.co.uk/index.html[/link] and [link=http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/mmartin/fifepits/]http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/mmartin/fifepits/[/link] which contain levels of detail on the subject far more extensive and relevant to family historians than any of the sites listed. Neither is mentioned yet the No 3 choice is basically an advert for a paid researcher!


I'm left with the conclusion that either your research is very shoddy or the article should really be entitled “Best Websites For Researching Coalmining Ancestors in England”


Given the number of people who have some Scottish ancestry this is a poor showing. I often think I'm being paranoid when I pick up a genealogy magazine and bemoan the poor coverage of Scotland but the magazine just reinforced the chip on my shoulder.


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RE: Best Websites for?

Postby RagnoRosso » Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:30 pm

[quote]ORIGINAL: Babs
Given the number of people who have some Scottish ancestry this is a poor showing. I often think I'm being paranoid when I pick up a genealogy magazine and bemoan the poor coverage of Scotland but the magazine just reinforced the chip on my shoulder. [/quote]

At least you have some information to go on; my family only has approximately 200 years of British history and then only on my father's side so if I want to build up a thorough picture I have to do my research in France and Switzerland (my mother is completely Swiss) with all the inherent language barriers. At least, in my favour, I have a very unusual surname so it should help.
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