First there were the visitors at school who were tracing their Sarah Campbell, Argyll. Then I started discussing family research with Bonnie Joy, my mum's friend who was over in Scotland visiting from Australia. Finally my mum remembered that someone had given her a very detailed family tree for the Gibson side of the family...well after all that, what else could I do?
Since I last delved into my research, the internet has taken over the world. Now, it is not just extremely easy (if a bit expensive) to get census records to instantly appear on your desktop, but it is also possible to find so much background detail from the multitude of websites that record all sorts of interesting facts and figures.
I'm afraid I've been allowing myself to get lost, reading up about the life of a miner in the 19th century and pouring over ancient maps, trying to piece together the movements of the Campbell family.
The photo above is of a woman standing at the door of her cottage in Crookedholm, might even be a relation. I just love it. I'm looking forward to rummaging through old photos to try to put as many faces to the stories that I have uncovered as possible. I also want o get into the car and drive around the places I've researched. Sadly the miners' rows have almost all been demolished, but it would still be nice to go vista where my ancestors lived.