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Watching the programme on BBC4 about the Bailey family of Ohio returning to Scotland to find their roots I was most disappointed about the lack of information about how they had achieved their conclusion on the origins of their family. The Scottish researcher, whilst giving them a good tour, including showing the suffering you can experience with the Scottish midges, was far from convincing. Perhaps the later programmes will be better.
Amanda Redman's story on BBC2 was a much better constructed tale. It showed the need for persistent questioning of relatives, the use of English, Irish, Protestant and Catholic records to discover the current family of an estranged Uncle.
It never fails to amaze me at the amount of information you can gleen on the Internet. I am aware that it is not necessarily acurate but it does give you food for thought. I am one of the few people in this country that doesn't have a television and therefore, rely on sites such as the Bunting Society and similar sites for information about our ancestors. I welcome, with open arms, any information on the history of our Buntings and their decendants, no matter how distantly they maybe related.
Sue Johnston's in researching her Grandfather's railway roots mentioned that the Railway Union Records are now held by Warwick University. I have yet to establish if these are both the Drivers' Union, ASLEF and those for the general railway workers, NUR.
I hadn't used the option mentioned at the end of each programme, for those using the digital, interactive channels, of "pressing the red button". On Oct. 26th this action allowed one to view a tape loop describing how to obtain birth certificates in the UK and was followed by several members of the public telling briefly of their family history searching experiences. I found the tape loop a worthwhile extra to the "glamour" of the main programmes.