Arches at Glendalough 2009

Monday, May 31, 2010

I tried!

I tried! I wanted to do 365 days of genealogy but it didn't work! I plan to revamp my idea and try it again once school ends.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Blog!

I posted my new blog of 365 days of family history! It was created as a way to challenge me about my family and share the information I have with others. Visit Day one done, 364 days to go!
As expected I have learned that I will need a huge notepad. Just by posting my grandmother's information, I missed documents! Timelines and blogs will get results!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Little old ladies and genealogy

Yesterday I had a delightful time in Avalon NJ teaching genealogy to a group of seniors. They were a lot of fun and enthusiastic! The fact that they threatened to tie me down to a chair and hold me in genealogical hostage didn't matter. It was rewarding to teach a group of people with a common interest.

Which leads me to today's to get the most out of your genealogy. If you have the opportunity to teach others a technique or strategies you will learn something yourself.

For years I had my gr-gr-grandmother's death certificate. The person giving the information about her death wasn't clear. I knew the name was "Lilly Dart" because gr-gr-grandmother's youngest daughter was Lilly and married to a Dart. What made the name difficult to read was that something was written on top of "Lilly." When I showed the copy of the document to the class yesterday it dawned on me that the writing on top of "Lilly" was the beginning of Daisy-Lilly's older sister! I'm still not certain who gave the clerk the information but at least I was able to figure out the name!

The recommendation I gave to my participants is to always look at with fresh eyes or with a friend. Advice given and heeded as well!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Blog

On Tuesday I hope to unveil my new blog. I gave it a lot of thought and was inspired by the movie Julie and Julia. I hope to do it daily and have my information out there for others to see. I still plan to use this blog as my "teaching genealogy blog." After all there's always something new to learn.

I am teaching the basics of genealogy this weekend. It's hard for people to understand that there is more to genealogy than what is on the internet. By showing them how create genealogy charts to demonstrating the various documents genealogists use I hope I can make them understand howe this hobby is a rewarding one for them.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The smoke has cleared

After I posted my last blog I discoverd I had numerous ideas to blog! The format I decided upon will be a "sister" blog to this one. I will still post information to this one but will try to post my new one daily. Look for more information to be posted on this blog about the new one! :)