Where Next?

 

This is a list of some of the ways in which I hope to extend what you see here.  If you can help this would be great.

The main things I want to do next

  • process and add in information I have been sent about people, and related family trees
  • add images and other 'media' – there are many images (photos, scanned documents, newspaper articles etc.) in the offline database and many of these have links to people; clarifying permissions and transferring them online will be a challenging task, but should make the website more interesting (you will have noted that there are only a few images in amongst all the text so far)
  • add maps – again I have more maps (OS and other) than are shown in the website so far. Having them available online could make the site more useful, but I need to work how best to present them (for example so they can be searched through and annotated)
  • add stories – there are some fascinating stories around some of our village people that have come to light, and I want to make them available in an interesting way
  • add blog postings – at the moment only I (Peter) can add postings here, and I plan to, but I would be delighted if other people also felt able to submit articles for me to add to the (e.g. about a house or family)

Other tasks to be done

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Acquiring Raw Data from People and Documents

  • information from more people – so far we have been able to talk with only a few of the people with local knowledge
  • archaeological information – there are some records of finds and studies in the area, but it would be useful to collect as much of this as possible; I think I already have the technology on this website to be able to represent it on maps
  • genealogical brick walls – there are many missing facts that might be found with more effort
  • several archives (especially Huntingdonshire Archives) have many relevant documents – so far we have been able to examine and copy only relatively few of them
  • old house deeds are a valuable source of information – so far we have been able to examine those for only a few of the houses in the village
  • old newspapers are a valuable source of information – we have started on these but there are many more
  • books and websites have lots of recommendations for where to search for data, and it would be useful to go through these and work out where we have not yet looked and might be of interest

Organising and Correlating the data so it becomes Information

  • we have a number of old photographs available, particularly of school groups, and we would love to be able to identify the people in them
  • it has not yet been possible to analyse many of the documents we do already have, in order to identify the people and dwellings they mention
  • we have all the available censuses for the village but have yet been able to identify the exact dwellings each entry refers to, as the enumerators took varying routes through the village and no house had numbers then
  • we do have copies of some significant maps with associated documentation, particularly about farms, but have not yet been able to correlate them with people we know about

Getting the Information into the Offline Database

  • information about individual people and facts from the current and new photographs and documents needs to be added to the database
  • we need to obtain permissions for publishing for many more of our documents

Transferring parts of the Offline Database to the Website

  • where we have new information, and relevant permission, we will load it into the website
  • there are lots of interesting stories among the information we have and these can be converted into blog posts
  • the current website has very little about the dwellings in the village, and I would love to be able to use the basis of the TNG system for this (although among other things it would mean that I have to learn new computer languages!)

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