Many years after first meeting him I continue to feel gratitude and more than a little affection for Harry Angstrom. Delving into my old Journals I note that in 1991, when a health issue caused me some concern, it was ‘Rabbit’ who made it clear that it would henceforth be downhill all the way. John Updike’s creation was nonetheless an inspiration. He ran, got rich, rested and “reduxed”, though not necessarily in that order. At the beginning of spring this year I was amused to see one of his spiritual grandchildren on Filey Sands, wrapped up against a chill wind and undismayed.

I was rubbish at Latin and my journey towards Angstromian mediocrity can arguably be traced back to the occasion when Freidrich Heinrich Grewe pulled me to the front of the class and proceeded to humiliate me. It remains a puzzle why someone who fled from Nazi Germany should treat an inoffensive nobody this way. (Perhaps he was trying to toughen me up.)

Anyway, Redux… I suggest you head over to Merriam-Webster for as clear a definition as you are likely to find anywhere. It was their word of the day on 21st October 2014 and there is a snippet of audio to enjoy.

I started Looking at Filey in 2010 and somehow kept the blog alive for about three years. The town’s history didn’t suddenly stop being of interest to me – I just fancied a change. Sauntering at the Edge of Heaven took LaF’s place and kept me amused for a while. When the number of its viewers went into steep decline I took the hint, killed it off and haven’t blogged since.

Circumstances change. A few months ago my interest in local history, which had never really left me, was joined by its erstwhile twin, family history. I asked Kath (Gomersall) Wilkie if she had thought of putting her collection of Filey and Other Folk on the FamilySearch World Tree.  After talking it over for a while Kath gave me the green light to upload her 45,000 people to the Pedigree Resource File. Her gathered people are now safe inside a Utah mountain and will probably survive the coming nuclear holocaust. Filey Genealogy and Connections has joined hundreds of other donated family trees. They are all searchable but the people in them only make it over to the World Tree when they have been adequately sourced and duplicate individuals identified and dealt with. The ultimate (and unachievable) aim is that every person who has ever lived has just one record of their existence on FamilySearch. This is a huge task for thousands of people, working millions of voluntary hours to grow this very special tree. I have bought into this project, mainly because of its collaborative nature and the “system” that has been set up to receive, evaluate and correct genealogical information from around the globe. Oh, the other major plus is that access to the information costs only your time and trouble at the keyboard of an internet connected computer. Sign up for a free FamilySearch account and go…

Looking at Filey was archived by the British Library. It has become a little less easy to navigate to particular posts recently but with perseverance you can still find posts of likely interest and browse hundreds of photographs old and newish. In its brought-back form LaF will mostly address genealogy and the challenges of adding one’s people to the Wiki Tree. I don’t have too much time left on the planet so I am going to mix my own contributions to FamilySearch with picking some low hanging cherries, juicy morsels of unusual happenings in ordinary Yorkshire lives past, to illustrate the mechanics of information gathering and the difficulties of dealing with those pesky duplicates.

There will be a photo posted most days of the Filey I have grown to know and love over the past nine years and I will repost the best of the first LaF, updating stories with information that has come my way over the last three or four years.

I hope all who appreciated the old blog will be happy to see it return. If it inspires you in the slightest way please consider signing up at FamilySearch and putting your people and your memories of them on the World Wiki Tree.

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