Here's a list of FUTURE PROJECTS I have planned for this Wirksworth
website. If anyone has useful information or even wants to lend a hand,
please contact me here in Dorset, England.
Have a look at What's new to get an idea
what's been done so far.
My long term aim is to add the 1911 Census to the
1841-1901 Censuses already on this website.
This involves over 6 months very hard work starting when I shall be 72.
It depends obtaining microfilm to work with at home as I have
before. It also depends on being alive and sufficiently non-senile to get
some 21,000 records into database, indexed, links generated and onto the
DOXEY Family links
Now the Parish Registers and the Census are finished, I can indulge
myself in a project I've had in mind for years. DOXEY is my mother's
maiden name, rare except around Wirksworth. There are over 1,000
DOXEY records in the Wirksworth PRs, 1,000 in the Census, and 2,000
in the IGI. I'd like to divide them into families, then link
the families. Work has already started (see
DOXEY Families). The job is open-ended and will
probably never be completed. At some stage I want to buy myself a little
sketch book and draw the 200+ pedigree trees involved.
The rising number of visitors to this site (500+ per day) means
a continuous stream of emails about the Wirksworth website,
most of which need answering.
Suggestions, possible errors, contributions and even fanmail mean that
more time is spent on maintenance and unplanned mini-projects.
This seems to be what the future holds.
The longer I can keep the site on-line and tightly maintained, the more
errors will be weeded out and the more useful will be the site to my
Unexpected new material
Readers frequently send new material - old photos, pedigrees,
newspaper cuttings, articles. If they are about the Wirksworth Area
before 1920 I can rarely resist adding them to the website. This
can mean quite a lot of work on my part, editing, reformatting,
linking, indexing and uploading. The result is like an ever growing
scrapbook- between the main sections, you never know what you might
find, but my readers seem to like it bless them.
Ebay derived research
Much recent research by me has been triggered by books, pamphlets and
postcards bought on Ebay, that wonderful online auction house. Desirable
items appear out of the blue, and my enthusiasm lasts over the process of
winning the bid, the postman putting it through the letterbox, scanning
and OCRing, looking through many reference books and hand-coding an
interesting page which is nice to look at. I'm sure this will continue
if I can afford the webspace.
A View of the Past
Transcription aimed at this website began in June 1995. Three years
work on the Parish Registers was put onto the newly born Wirksworth website
on 12 July 1998. Since then, a fairly complete list of new data placed
on the website can be seen at the What's new