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Ag workers and miners boring?

duckweed

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Apparently WDYTYA was going to do Michael Parkinsons Ancestors but as they were railwaymen ag labourers and miners they were too boring. Can that be really so. I've found quite a few in my family tree but I found the life they lived very interesting. I think if you dig deep enough you will find something even if its only that the cottage they lived in is still standing. Even the thought that 7 generations have lived and died in the same spot can be interesting.
 

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Apparently WDYTYA was going to do Michael Parkinsons Ancestors but as they were railwaymen ag labourers and miners they were too boring. Can that be really so. I've found quite a few in my family tree but I found the life they lived very interesting. I think if you dig deep enough you will find something even if its only that the cottage they lived in is still standing. Even the thought that 7 generations have lived and died in the same spot can be interesting.
Hi Duckweed

Oh how wrong can WDYTYA be!!:mad:

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As an avid watcher of the programme, I think one of the main points that is missed is the availability and variety of places where records are kept.
Sometimes the programme gets focused on too few relations of certain people.
I suppose it needs 'celebrities' to get the interest.

But the places where records are kept, does give other people ideas where to look, especially for us newbies.

Steve.:)
 

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Hi all
I do watch this programme every week. I do find that they make it look too easy when you and I know full well it is jolly hard work. They do not say how many researchers have been involved for what is an hour of entertainment.

There was a programme many years ago with Gordon Honeycombe which was much more basic. It showed how to get started and what to look for, and where you could find it.

I don't think it matters whether they are Ag.Labs, miners, colonels, Dukes etc it all is part of who you are, and where you come from. My history is all pure Welsh. Some were Bardic poets and musicians, some were ore dressers in a Lead mine at the age of 13, 11, and Nine. What a life !

Maddie
 

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Again, with hindsight we comment on past living and working conditions. But we live in the now, and yes we are extremely fortunate to have what we have.
But every generation will same the same thing.
Even now I find myself saying....".....I could go to the cinema and have a meal all for £2. And the thought of owning a car for the first time.
"My Gran lived in 3 rooms with 10 children...................." and so on.
Thats what they did.

The jobs were boring, as many still are, but the people were not.

It annoys me with all these reality progs. they put on, when they drop people into a Victorian household and expect them to cope well within minutes of being there.
Give people enough time and they will adapt. But forget TV 'reality'.

Rant over, back to earth now.:)

Steve.:)
 

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Hi

I think if the makers of WDYTYA rejected Parky's tree as it is too "Boring" I find that a bit superior to be frank. It seems they do want only interesting trees.

I have lost interest in the show but after their attitude with Michael Parkinson, I have lost even more interest.

Ben
 

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The best one ive seen is ware Anglo Saxon men came to England....and met some Frenchies(Ferries)...as the years ticked on they inter bred with the Irish....in fact the Ferrises from Ireland all originate from French mercanaries who faught in Ireland many moons ago........said Irishman Ferris moved to England to sell horses to enable himself to eat cos the potatoe famine meant he couldnt eat in Ireland...anyway the long and the short of it all is ME!.........weve all got boring bits..but weve all got exiting bits too..thats why we love this forum.
 

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A number of years ago had tea with wife's old aunts and cousains. wised for a tape machine. this was in mining area. they did not understand my interest in their old stories. they and their families were just miners. they had a hard life but they made fun of the themselves. without ag workers and miners the world would not be here as it is today. as said above the job may be boring but not the people.:cool:
 

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