Sunday, 7 December 2014

I'm out and about

I'm so pleased with the results of the Lives Behind the Stones cemetery research project that I'd love it if other communities followed suit and created their own website along the lines of the one that I've been responsible for developing during the last year. Indeed, one of the final aims of the project is to promote the idea as a template and so I have been out and about these last few weeks doing just that.

Today I'm over at Simon Mayer's blog talking about the project. If you'd like to pop over and visit me there you can find me at Simon Mayers - Researcher and Historian

I can also be found in this week's copy of the Jewish Chronicle and you can read an online version of the article here.


15 comments:

  1. Well done. Good idea. My nephew produced a film of the Jews in Leeds called The Tribe, which started off with the gravestone of my great grandmother and followed the history through to the present day.

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    1. That's fascinating. I'd love to see that film sometime if it's available for public viewing.

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  2. Ros, this is the first moment I've had to look at your website. It's lovely! So clear and easy to navigate. I really like the stories and photos, but I'm very curious about Louis Burger. Was he of Italian origin, or was that a professional name? I was also curious about what happened to him between Liverpool and Leicester. It sounded as if he was quite prosperous, and makes me wonder what went wrong! Something to do with the war maybe?

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    1. Thanks, Val. We knew absolutely nothing about Louis Berger until we started to research this project. I agree that there are some intriguing gaps but I suspect there was also a little bit of 'tax avoidance' issues. It's so long ago now that I suspect we'll never know the truth but it is fascinating, isn't it.

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  3. Hi Ros - that's great ... I wondered if other opportunities, or you'd have further ideas, about your Cemetery Research .. and fascinating to read 'L's' comment .. so there's lots going on ... I'm on my way over - cheers Hilary

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    1. People keep asking me what project I'm going to do next. I think I shall take a bit of a break from it all before I launch into anything else and I've promised the whole family that it will never be quite such a mammoth project ever again!!

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  4. Having just read both sites you mention-fascinating.Simon Mayers is such a good writer and have read more of his writing now and will follow him.Well done with the article in The Jewish Chronicle.I have forwarded the details to a friend in Tel Aviv and he(and his friends)are fascinated. Petra.

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    1. Thank you, Petra. I'm really pleased that the website is being appreciated by so many people.

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  5. What a wonderful idea. I think it's a shame that I waited until it was too late to ask questions from the previous generation before I started researching my family history. So much gets lost for so many reasons. Encouraging other towns and cities to do their own projects can only be a good thing.

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    1. I wish too but it won't happen for the next generation to such an extent because so much if our lives is documented - assuming the internet survives!

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  6. Oh Ros, you must be so proud of this. It makes me wonder about our overgrown cemetery, all overgrown brambles with stones peering above the foliage. There must be so many stories there.

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    1. You could make tentative enquiries, Jo. There may be people who would jump at the chance of organising some research but hadn't thought to do it. Sorry, I'm sounding like a woman with a mission now, aren't I!!

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  7. excellent idea and I hope others find your template workable for them. Anything to save and trace history is invaluable. Good luck. I have no doubt your enthusiasm is contagious.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. Contagious enthusiasm can't be a bad condition to catch! ;-)

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  8. I may even try this myself when I'm back within reach of a proper graveyard!

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