Last week we added two new projects – Perthsire, Scotland Militia Survey, 1802 and Perthshire, Scotland, School Registers of Admissions and Withdrawals, 1869-1901.
The Militia Survey project consists of letters and forms sent in response to a survey that was sent to the households in Perth inquiring about whether there were service eligible men in the household. This has been an interesting project to key, I think it’s fascinating to get a glimpse into others lives. Although this didn’t help me key I loved the exercise of reading the survey information and having to train my brain to properly read the “s” instead of an “f”… ~ You can read more about this project on the Project page, in the help article, and on the message boards.
There are a few different forms that you may run across while keying this collection, simple school records, and indexes being the majority of the records. The fascinating fact that jumped out at me in this collection was that they kept record of their working students. I thought it was so interesting to see how many of these young children were out working before school started – it seemed so odd to me that there were so many of them working until I realized that I was just like them. (I had an early morning paper route that I did for 5 years while in school, getting up between 4 and 5 every morning.) There is a lot of great information in these records that I hope will lead some one to find one of their missing links. ~ You can read more about this project on the Project page, in the help article, and on the message boards.
Both projects are pretty small so grab a few image sets while they’re still around!