I guess I just shouldn’t try and work on the family history project late at night, but I’ve been busy with other things and was beginning to lose touch with what I’d already done. On top of that, my mum sent me more photos and seeing faces always makes me want to know who the people are.
This is the photo that led me to the place I’m now in … mired in too many questions and too much partial information that may be inaccurate, and generally feeling annoyed with myself for the very sloppy, gung-ho approach I’ve been taking to research. Basically, I’ve been so keen to know more and more that I haven’t documented my research well enough (highly embarrassing admission) and now I have so many bits of information and I’m not sure where I got them and it’s all a bloody mess!
This is the first time since I began this project that I actually feel dejected. I know it will pass, but I almost feel that this picture represents a watershed in my learning process. I have to untangle the muddle and clarify all the stray bits and then I’ll feel that I’m back on track.
So here is what I know.
This is a picture of my maternal grandfather, David Ramsay (standing at the back, on the right) with his parents and siblings. I’m not sure when it was taken, but my grandad looks to be in his late teens or early twenties. He was born in 1901, so I’m guessing around the early 1920s. I had originally thought earlier, but the older boys are not in uniform, and I’m assuming that they would have been old enough to serve in WWI.
My mum wrote on the back of the photo grandad’s siblings’ names, but I recognised the one standing next to grandad anyway. My great uncle John emigrated to Canada (I don’t know when) and I remember him visiting Kirkcaldy and meeting him and his wife when I was quite small. I think one of his daughters also used to visit us in New Zealand when I was a child. She had married an Australian airman she met during WWII and they used to travel to Australia to visit his family and stay with us enroute.
The other boys in the back row are, according to Mum, Pete (on the left) and George. The children in front are (l-r) Jim, Jean and Hugh. Also seated are my great grandparents, David Ramsay and Mary Fisher.
I’ve got notes about some of these people in my “family tree” – but now I can’t remember where I got the information (breaking rule number #1 – document sources). Still, at least I have a new puzzle to work on. More to come hopefully.