Here’s something I’m almost embarrassed to admit. BUT, there is a lesson in everything we do, am I right?!
I have seen this document many, many times before on Ancestry and I was thrilled the first time that I saw it. I mean, come on it’s pretty cool.
It’s a pension record of Henry Edmund Samuel Apps, who is my paternal Great-Grandfather. He retired from the Metropolitan Police in November of 1923. At the time I first came across it, I remember being so thrilled that I found a record with his name on it, describing him as a Police Constable in Camberwell, London, England.
Sometimes, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one here, when I find a record about an ancestor I am so eager to save it, print it and add it to my tree. Then, I move on to look for more! Ancestry is addictive. Often times just looking for more and more records to add to my ever-expanding tree.
It wasn’t until just the other morning when I was thinking about posting something about Henry Edmund Samuel Apps that I discovered my oversight. Do you see it?
Look down at the small printed words near the bottom of the page…. do you see it? It’s easy to miss…
For Description of the Pensioner, see other side.
**flips page virtually**
Would you look at ALL of this information that I neglected to see…
- He Joined the Metropolitan Police Force on the 4th of March 1907
- He served 16 years on the Force
- He was only 40 years old when he retired
- He was paid 4 Pounds, 10 Shillings per week
- He was 6 ft tall with brown hair and blue eyes (I’ve never seen a coloured picture of him – only in black and white)
- He was married in Greenwich on the 13th of May 1907
- He had a scar on his left knee
- As an added bonus, there are full signatures of both of my Great-Grandparents!
So I’m taking this as a lesson learned. Turn the Page. Go back and actually read. every. word. Look at the documents before and after the one that you are looking at! All of this information (and there is a lot of it) had been sitting there the entire time. I mean for years I have known and seen the first page of this document. I have never thought to flip the page on the record in Ancestry. Another place that this is important is on a census record, you can often find other family members living nearby.