Goals for my Coldingham one-place study in 2018

Looking ahead to the New Year I thought I’d jot down things that I’d like to tackle in this area in the next 12 months.

Now that I have a new website for the one-place study which I’m happy with the focus is on adding more content, both transcripts and indexes, and interesting new blog posts.

I’d like, for example, to add 1700-1709 to my lists of surnames per address in Coldingham parish.

Another priority is to focus on kirk session minutes, indexing interesting references, for example cases of fornication and illegitimate births.

My Coldingham WW1 servicemen and women project is still ongoing, with new material to be added online soon.

I have lots of ideas for new blog posts to add, about interesting people, places and events.

I’d also like to blog more about unusual sources. For example I’ve previously indexed Coldingham parish testimonials (ie migrants) between 1710 and 1744, and should blog more about that sometime.

Many ideas anyway. Looking forward to it!

Goals for Coldingham one-place study in 2013

As we near the end of another year and approach the start of a new one I thought I’d blog about my goals for this blog and the related one-place study for the year ahead.

A priority is to transcribe and put online the hearth tax information from the 1690s. I have digital images of this record, and just have to work through it and transcribe it. That would give equivalent information to what I’ve already put online for Melrose.

Another priority is to digitise the various 18th century tax record references I have already extracted from the relevant original records. This won’t take very much effort: just needs me to be organised and get on with it.

And the other thing I want to push ahead with is to resume working through the later 18th century kirk session minutes, noting references to illegitimate births, irrregular marriages, and other potentially useful things for genealogists.

Longer-term I want to start to reconstitute the population, but that’s a long-term goal. For now I am focusing on putting useful indexes and other resources online.

Index of baptism witnesses at Coldingham 1800-1819

In the late 1990s for a university project I transcribed and studied Coldingham’s baptisms between 1800 and 1819, examining the relationship between witnesses (similar to godparents) and factors such as relationship to parents, occupation, and geographical location.

I’ve just put online an index of witnesses derived from the database I built for this research. This contains the names of 2264 witnesses (many individuals recorded multiple times), together with, where recorded, their occupations and addresses.

Also included is the date of the baptism each witness was recorded for. This can be used to look up the baptism in the parish registers, when looking through them page by page, for example in a microfilm copy. Alternatively I am happy to look up specific witness details in my database, discovering which family the person was witness to. Email me through the contact details in the one-place study webpage.