Thee idea is that lots of people are researching their family. Imagine everybody is in a very large room with their family tree spread out in front of them. I could then shout ' Anyone got any links to Elizabeth Gibson from Kilmarnock, born 1904?' and several people would then stand up and wave at me and offer all the details they've found from their research.
It was all a bit overwhelming. After spending a few weeks of researching in isolation, suddenly there's lots of people who are a bit further on with their research that can help me. Great fun!
This exciting ride into the past does come with a health warning though. It would be very easy to get carried away and accept tenuous links to family members - believe me, it's very tempting! Today, I'm going to review all the links that I felt were useful, note down the census where this information came from and then, when I go back down to Kilmarnock, I'm going to head off to the Robert Burns family history centre and check out all the information properly myself.
However, it was an exciting ride and did move me on considerably with several lines of enquiry. If the links are correct, I can confirm, no surprise here, that my family on my mother's side a re Ayrshire folk through and through, many parts of the family having lived in Kilmarnock over the last 350 years at least. I think that's pretty cool.