Our recent Hangout-on-Air, relating to the Migration Shared Endeavour, can be viewed on YouTube. In it, we discuss our progress and revisit our initial key questions to see if they needed amending or expanding. Kim kindly let us use her migration study for Bratton Clovelly, Devon as an example of how a project might unfold. Kim has achieved a great deal, so please do not be disheartened if your progress is more modest. We aren’t all making great inroads into our migration projects and we acknowledged some of the problems that we have encountered along the way.
Map created using Archer Software's Surname Atlas
Several of us are trying to trace the new locations for all those who leave our place in the nineteenth century. We tried to come up with a rough percentage that would indicate a good success rate. It seems that, in these days of nationally searchable census indexes, we might expect to find 75-85% of our out-migrants, although those with very common surnames cause more problems.We spent part of the time showing and commenting on, various charts, graphs and maps, which members have used to illustrate population changes or migration patterns in their places. Creating pictorial representations is one thing but we decided that we need to use these as a basis for explaining what is happening in our places.
We agreed that it was important to try to understand the reasons for the migration patterns that we are finding. It is also valuable to compare our own findings with the situation in places elsewhere. A great opportunity for doing this will be at our conference, which this year will be focusing on the theme of migration. This is being held on 21 November at Ipswich University. Several members have already volunteered to give presentations about an aspect of migration in their place and we have an excellent programme developing. There is still space for one or two more speakers, if you would like to share your own findings. If you are a reluctant speaker, or if you are unable to attend, there is still a chance to share via a poster or a series of Powerpoint slides.