Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of January 14-20, 2019

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.

This week I spent at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City. It’s held for five days at the Hilton Hotel. My course was Advance Southern Research, coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, along with Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Kelvin Myers, and Ari Wilkins. I am ready to start cluster research on my tricky families, and to listen for the stories when studying the records.

Also during the week, I saw friends from all over the U.S.  Many congratulated me on achieving certification. Others I met for the first time in person, even though I might be “friends” with them on Facebook. Then the rest were those I met for the first time. I’m great about the greeting and hugging but forget to take “selfies” with them. 

I did take photos with several groups: California Genealogical Society members at SLIG, the NGS Quarterly Study Group (we met for dinner on Monday), the ProGen 27 reunion (though I was in ProGen 21, but spend time with many of them weekly in our Peer Study group), and with the Certification Peer Study Group.

Blog Writing: I wrote the following blog posts this week:
Week 1: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks This week, I wrote about an unusual name of Drady Hutson. I don’t know if she was Peter’s wife or other family member. More research is needed.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: We produced photos of direct ancestors and I managed to find enough for six generations.

I also wrote three blog posts about my time at SLIG for a blogger contest.

Webinars/Study Groups Attended
Because I was busy with my own course, I did not attend any webinar or study groups this week.

I managed to make two trips to the Family History Library to do some research. I searched through pages the Shane Collection that concerned the Chillicothe Presbytery searching for members of the Bishop, Shotts, and Gorrell families but found none. Then I worked in records of Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky, searching for court records to correspond to some newspaper articles about Louis W. Wollenweber, one of my husband’s ancestors. I found some, and others I might have to write directly to the court for.

Copyright © 2019 by Lisa S. Gorrell, My Trails into the Past. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, January 18, 2019

SLIG 2019 Post #3

Four o'clock has come and we sadly finished up our class in Advanced Southern Research. It has been a great week learning about the particulars of southern research from the very esteem instructors, J. Mark Lowe, Kelvin Myers, Ann Gillespie Mitchell, and Ari Wilkins.

Anne taught us about cluster research and gave us tools to help us. Ari spoke about archives and special collections that are filled with wonderful resources that might have clues about our ancestors or help us learn more about the social, economic, and political history where they lived. I learned about specific manuscript collections from Kelvin and even used the resources to look at some records in the Shane Collection. And Mark spoke endlessly about listening for the story and to be ever ready to received the story from the records we collect.

My main take away from this class is to study the documents our ancestors created or were created about them. Study them deeply and listen for the stories they tell about their lives. Study the records of the people who were also a part of their lives: family, friends, associates, and neighbors. Their stories will certainly intertwine with the stories of my own ancestors, just as the family, friends, associates, and neighbors interact with my own life.

My goal in the coming months is to begin writing about my mother's southern ancestors, a request from my nephew. This course has given so much to think about when I review the documents I have collected and think about how I'll prepare for future research I might do. I would really like to take a couple of road trips to Dallas, Texas area and Mississippi.

Overall, SLIG 2019 has been a wonderful experience. I am thankful that the weather was pleasant and not too cold (only on the first day). I tried two new restaurants and had many meals with wonderful friends and acquaintances. I can't wait for the announcement for next year's classes at SLIG 2020 tonight at the banquet.

Copyright © 2019 by Lisa S. Gorrell, My Trails into the Past. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SLIG 2019 Post #2

It's Wednesday and we are over halfway through our week. I'm enjoying my class in Advanced Southern Research. Our instructors have given us great resources that will help add to knowing much more about our ancestors beyond the vital and census records.

Today at the Family History Library after class, I searched through some records of the Shane Manuscripts about the Chillicothe Presbytery. I was hoping to see some of my husband's ancestors' names Bishop, Shotts, and Gorrell, but these records didn't seem to cover the area in Ross County where they might have attended church.

I spent time looking at some Jefferson County, Kentucky and Louisville records for my husband's Wollenweber line. I did find a few court records, one that was available only on microfilm. I did not find everything, and might have to write to the court clerk in Louisville.

Today I also want to highlight some of the friends I have photographed this week.

Our Certification Peer Group
Table-mates in Advanced Southern Research class
Karlene and I worked the BCG booth on Monday at lunch
Two more classmates, Jacqi and Diane

Fellow researchers at the Family History Library

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