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.
My first priority will be to digitise the various references to Melrose-dwellers I’ve extracted from 18th century tax references. These are from a mix of sources such as servant tax records, and farm horse tax. All potentially useful for genealogists tracing their family tree, and it shouldn’t take me much time to digitise them and put them online.
Another priority is to create a detailed person index to the 17th century regality court records. In the original Scottish History Society publications there is an index at the back of names, but it doesn’t give more details in the index about the people such as their occupations and places of residence. I have extracted this detail from the court records, and could easily prepare a much more useful index including for each person any extra information recorded such as address, occupation, and any relatives, and put this online.
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.