The Gardeners Mini-Project

Members are presently busy researching their allocated Gardener for the 2019 mini project. The FACHRS mini projects are based around occupations a different one each year. The mini projects bring together the idea of family history research -the individual researched, then the social and local history aspect as the Gardener is located into the society in which they lived. As members are located all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each member researches someone from their own area. All these individuals are then added to the main database which produces a picture of Gardeners living and working all over the country. This is what FACHRS is all about looking at the national picture from a local perspective. (Members who live outside Great Britain can chose a place to research, it could be where they have a family connection. They are then sent a Gardener as detailed below and can research them using all the sources they have available on the internet &#ndash; so no one is left out all members can take part).
Gardeners were chosen because as members sent in their Governess mini project narratives several commented on Gardeners that had been discovered while researching that Governess. It is proving a popular choice as many have a Gardener in their family tree and/or are themselves keen gardeners.
How does the mini project work? There is a list of questions to be answered concerning the Gardener on an Information Sheet which is sent to the member along with the name of their allocated gardener. The Gardener is chosen from the 1881 census. The questions are not exhaustive; they are to give the basic information to include on the Gardener database for comparative purposes. Hopefully members will find out much more information about their Gardener and/or their employers, the places they worked or total tangents that will be included in the finished narrative that is sent in.
Members either fill in a template that is available from the Members' pages or they write a narrative. They also include sources with referencing – the format for these is described in the FACHRS Guidelines for writing for the Society Newsletter and Books. In many cases they include pictures/photographs with the narrative.
When does the project end? Each mini project lasts a year. The Gardeners will end on 28th February 2020 and a new occupation will take over for 2020.
What happens with the completed research?
• As the project progresses and the research comes in members are kept informed on what is happening through the Project Newsletters which are sent out with the main FACHRS Newsletter.
• The completed Gardeners Narratives or Information Sheets will be uploaded to the Gardeners section of the Mini Project area in the Members Pages on the FACHRS website. (This is done in 2 tranches usually around September and the following February/March). This means that members have access to all the completed research.
• The information will be input to the Gardeners Database, data extracted for analysis and a Report for the Newsletter with the outcomes of the questions produced.
• It is hoped to create a small book or books from the research. Whether to proceed with this will be decided by the FACHRS Committee following a report from the Mini Project Co-ordinator.
• A number of members also write articles for their own local history group journals or create talks that they give to family history or local history societies.
The Gardener mini project is being discussed on the FACHRS Facebook page. This is a chance for members to tell each other what they have found, suggest books or internet resources to use, and just generally chat about the project.
How can you take part in the Gardeners mini project? It's simple you just need to be a member of FACHRS. So why not join today?
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