Happy New Year! And another genealogy update, this time a major change to the CUTTS page.
New Year is a time for looking forward. So it’s perhaps a little ironic that I spent it looking backwards. It came to my attention recently that my CUTTS data wasn’t what it should be. I say it came to my attention because the actual correction was made online by someone else to someone else. It’s a bit like having overheard a conversation. Like anyone who eavesdrops, I can’t say I’m 100% happy with what was said. However, I’ve published incorrect data and names that someone else would rather aren’t published, so the CUTTS family page has now been overhauled and stripped back to the bare minimum of “what I’m sure of”. I have some leads from the 1841 census data and will be chasing up the history again. If I have time. If I feel like it.
If you are researching CUTTS in the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire / South Yorkshire region, I urge you to go look at the links quoted on the page. My data is very rarely sourced from primary materials, anyway. I have other commitments and responsibilities – all of which mean my work is done through the Internet and likely to be error prone. (This is a warning that stands for all of my families and I’d thought I’d made that clear. Apparently not.) Anyway, there are people who have done more in-depth research on the CUTTS and you can find them through those links (and they are better sources than I).
Also, I haven’t managed to push back the LOWE data beyond “Paines Lane”, Shropshire (now St George’s, Telford) as yet. If I haven’t found anything further by February, I’ll update the report with the minor tweak / correction rather than further research.
As for the source of my defeatist attitude towards genealogy, aside from a number of computer related issues last year that have made looking after the information time-consuming and occasionally a pain to the point of wanting to jack it in, I quite like to have time to read, watch the new tv (I was without for two years and now I’m finding the missed films absorbing), walk Finn, work so I can pay bills as well as writing. The benefit of “brain-space” – what I call the time to unwind from one involved set thinking before picking up the next overload of ideas – shouldn’t be underestimated, either. It can be easy to shift gears but, when you have a very mentally involving job, it isn’t always possible to do it with the same ease. This has actually been one of the reasons behind my relatively light writing output and lack of genealogy updates for the last five or six months.
Still, excuses excuses, eh?