We began this site one wet weekend afternoon in late January when like millions (it seems) of others we were sick and tired of the delay in waiting for the 1901 Census Online. we could either carry on getting cross or we could begin to laugh at:
a) the naivety of
a government department that (allegedly) failed to predict the demand for
such a service.
b) the peculiarly British way we all sit at home patiently waiting and tutting.
So, from the Dunkirk
Spirit came Great Cockup library - One woman's struggle against technology
and confusion. Edith
Having created a short spoof of the PRO website updates I sent it to a few friends and posted a link on a couple of genealogy news group pages.
Over the next few days, thousands of people visited the site and the pages became wonderfully, interactively anarchic! If there are any radio or television sitcom script commissioners out there we have several scripts unconnected with Great Cockup which we could send to you.
All the letters, pictures and certificates that are received by Edith have come unsolicited from readers. This is great because none of us have any way of knowing where the story lines are leading If YOU write a good letter the ideas will be picked up and run with. However it just takes a new idea from another reader and the story takes a new twist.
We have a simple mission
to make people laugh,
to produce ad-free low tech web pages, which load quickly,
to encourage others to write and share their humour,
to make and meet new friends,
to take family history research less seriously that we sometimes do!
We are, however, both
passionate devotees of family history. You can see the surnames we are
each researching by going to Sandra's page and
John's page. You can contact us at email@example.com
or follow the contact route to Edith via Great Cockup Library link
Love and Thanks
John & Sandra Wilson
Great Cockup Library
Letters to Edith
Cockup 1901 Census