Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of September 17-23, 2018

Genealogists are great at documenting our ancestors’ lives but not so great documenting our own. I’ll write about what I’ve been doing the past week. This idea came from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing, who started this meme.

Genealogy
This week has been primarily spent working on the five lessons I will be teaching in October & November at the Oakland FamilySearch Library on behalf of the California Genealogical Society. This is an intermediate level course, focusing on another set of records: military, tax & other lists, cemeteries, newspapers, and writing. I currently have eight (8) people signed up and there is room for more. To register, go to the CGS website here.

I also viewed several webinars this week:
  • "Using Lists to Find Proof" by Cari Taplin, who presented this on behalf of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). The recording can be found at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This was helpful in working on one of my talks.
  •  "25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know" given by Lisa Alzo at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Best tip was creating SMART goals. 
  •  “Writing for Ansearchin’ News, the Quarterly Publication of the Tennessee Genealogical Society.” by Tina Sansone. This was presented to the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) Writers SIG. I need to see which of my ancestors lived in Tennessee. 
  • Wacky Wednesday at DearMyrtle. Cousin Russ Worthington spoke about how he dealt with Find A Grave memorials that disappeared. He had the sources but they were no longer on the site. Most of them had been merged into duplicate memorials. 
  • “But it’s all on the Internet!” by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG for the Florida State Genealogical Society. She gave great examples of records that are found in libraries, archives, and historical societies. One tip was the Ohio Genealogical Society library has old German newspapers that have not been digitized.

I also volunteered at the Contra Costa County Historical Society on Tuesday, continuing on entering the Finding Aid into PastPerfect and attending a meeting about our upcoming event: Archives Crawl, which will be on Saturday.

Portfolio work. No portfolio work last week, with my focus on the Intermediate course material.

Blog Writing: Blog posts I wrote this week:
  • This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was about unusual sources and I wrote about my grandfather, Tom Johnston’s wallet and the cards found inside. 

  • I also wrote about my earliest memory for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. I had participated a quite a while due to either my vacation or repeated themes.

 Since all of my free time this past week was spent writing, I didn’t do much exercise or other activities. My back is taking the brunt of all the sitting. I’ll take more time stretching and walking this week.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Is Your Earliest Memory?

Another SNGF assignment from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing.  I haven’t participated in a long while, first being in Wales and England in August, and then when I got back, had too much catching up to do.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 
1) What is your earliest memory?  How old were you, where did you live, who are the characters in your memory?
2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your post.
Janice Sellers suggested this topic.  Way to go!

My earliest memory is during Kindergarten. I have faint memory of being sick with scarlet fever and our house being quarantined. I remember the doctor coming to our house to check me out. I have hated tongue depressors since, as it seemed he was trying to choke/gag me with it.   

When I returned to school, I had so many cartons of milk to drink (I guess to catch up on the time I missed). I always hated milk unless there was chocolate syrup in it. Now I know why – I am lactose intolerant. It used to give me a stomach ache.

Funny, I don’t remember any of my three siblings coming to our home after me. But I gave them the childhood diseases I collected at school: measles and chicken pox. My poor sister, Danna, was just a baby.

I have my baby book and there are entries about my illnesses!



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Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of September 10-16, 2018

Genealogists are great at documenting our ancestors’ lives but not so great documenting our own. I’ll write about what I’ve been doing the past week. This idea came from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing, who started this meme.

Genealogy
The highlight of my genealogy week was the four-day retreat I had with three other genealogists at a vacation home in the north Tahoe area. We spent two full and two half days working on our genealogy. During meal breaks (that we took turns preparing) we had discussions about research logs, creating citations, and some other topics. I worked on creating PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and exercises for the five classes I’m teaching in October. I can proudly say that I’m 95% done on two of them and started on the third. Working in a quiet area for three plus days was a wonderful experience. We did speak to each other and asked or answered questions, but having no distractions was the best part of the experience.


Volunteered at the Contra Costa County Historical Society on Tuesday, continuing on entering the Finding Aid into PastPerfect. Our board meeting was Wednesday where we discussed some upcoming events in detail.

Portfolio work. I didn’t do much work on this during the week, instead focusing on what I would do during the retreat. I did take along material but did not get to it. Did meet with my cert peer group and we discussed Chapter 12: “Reasoning from Evidence” from the new Professional Genealogy book.

Blog Writing: Blog post I wrote this week:
  • This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was about people who share my birthday and my sister who has a birthday close to mine.



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