Preparing for Certification………….Suggestions for advancement

The Boston University certificate of Genealogical Research program has been completed.  At the end of our course the instructors made some suggestions for furthering our education.  Friends and other genealogy acquaintances have also made suggestions.  I decided to put all the suggestions together to form one master lists.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.  Here is what I came up with: 

NGS Home Study Course
Boston University Certificate Genealogical Research
University of Toronto, National Institute Gen. Studies
ProGen Study Group
Review BCG Application/Begin research prior to application
10-12 March 2016 San Antonio Texas
GRIP Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
June 26-July 1 2016 and/or July 17-22
Pittsburgh, PA Info in November 2015
Registration opens 19 January 2016
International Society for British Genealogy and Family History
NIGR National Institute on Genealogical Research
July 2016
Registration and announcements December 2015
SLIG Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Join APG
Subscribe to BCG OnBoard
Read Blogs such as Genealogy Education by Angela McGhie
APG Conferences
2016 22-24 Sept 2016 Fort Wayne, Indiana
FGS  Conferences
NGS Conferences
Get involved in your local genealogy society
Research, Writing, Compiling
Log at least 250 hours of research, writing, and compiling yearly – publish some writings and solicit feedback from peers.
Read and join discussion groups for major journals
  NGS,The American Genealogist, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, New England Historical and Genealogical Register
NGSQ Study Group
NGSQ Article Discussion Group
Second Life Genealogy Events – NGSQ Study Group

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — The Wayback Machine

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — 

The Wayback Machine

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Join in the fun with Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Prompt for Saturday Night Fun
Original post at 
1)  Do you have a website or a blog?  Or know someone with one?  Pick yours, or theirs or another.

2)  Now go to the Wayback Machine ( and put the web site address in the search field.  

3)  Share your Wayback adventure with us in your own blog post, in a Facebook or google+ post.  Be sure to leave a link in a Comment on this blog.

Here’s mine:
The Wayback Machine starts for The Genealogy Search on 11 January 2012.  Here are four of my posts from that period of history: 


Wordless Wednesday – Yurmanovich/Urman Family

June 1934 Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Frank, Bob, and Ivana (Eva) Yurmanovich last name later changed to Urman


National Archives – Genealogy Lectures YouTube Videos

National Archives Press Release January 4, 2012
For the first time, the National Archives has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops. These videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as census, immigration and military records. Now, these popular workshops led by National Archives experts are available on the National Archives YouTube channel [].
The National Archives-produced Know Your Records video shorts cover the creation, scope, content, and use of National Archives records for genealogical research. “The National Archives is proud to make our most popular genealogy lectures available online and ready for viewing by anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said Diane Dimkoff, Director of Customer Services.
Genealogy Introduction: Military Research at the National Archives: Volunteer Service (8:22) []
Archives specialist John Deeben discusses compiled military service records at the National Archives.
Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Regular Service (6:11) []
Archives Specialist John Deeben explains how to use Army and Navy registers of enlistment and rendezvous reports for research.
Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Pension Records (9:04)
Archives Specialist John Deeben discusses how to research military service using pension records dating from 1775 to 1916. Deeben shows samples of both Revolutionary War and Civil War pensions.
Genealogy Introduction—Immigration Records at the National Archives (11:57)
Archives Specialists Katherine Vollen and Rebecca Crawford provide an overview of immigration records from 1800 to 1957, including Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization records, as well as records of ports and border crossings.
Genealogy Introduction: Census Records at the National Archives (11:57)
Genealogy expert Constance Potter shares tips and strategies for researching U.S. Federal Census Records 1790 to 1930, and explains how they can be used for genealogical research.

Background on “Know Your Records” programs

The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. The Know Your Records Program offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the Annual Genealogy Fair, an online genealogy tutorialreference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington DC area researchers.


Archaic Medical Terms in genealogy

I blogged the other day about my Great-grandparents Wilhelm and Julia Skibbe.  Julia died of Bright’s disease with a contributory factor of arsenic poisoning. Why would she be given arsenic?  In the early 1900’s arsenic was used for numerous ailments.  Among them were sexual diseases, acne, malaria, and headaches.  Interestingly, my family has a documented history of migraines.

A great place to find out more about those old medical terms is Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms.  You can also check out Genproxy,  and Old Names for Illness and Causes of Death for more information.  A good book to have as reference is A Medical Miscellany for Genealogists by Dr. Jeanette L. Gerger.  The book is available used for around $14 or new for about $22.   Take your research a step further by doing a little research into the cause of death.  You never know you may uncover some interesting details or a genetic malady in your family.


Blogger of Honor – Mesa Family History Expo

I am very proud to announce that I have been selected as a Blogger of Honor for the Mesa Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona on January 20-21.  There is still time to make plans to attend this event.  Visit the Mesa Family History Expo web page for registration information.  The event kicks off with keynote speaker Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D., President and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc.  Arlene has over thirty years experience and is a wonderful speaker.  I hope you have the chance to sit in on one of her presentations during the expo.

National Dog Day 26 August 2015

I had the pleasure of growing up with a Great Dane by the name of Taffy.  When my father rescued her and brought her home my brother and I were scared!  She was huge!  The only interaction we had with a dog before that was a dachshund named Fritz.

Taffy “danced” with my father on her hind legs, tended bar downstairs with him, and went biking with him.  Matt and I were her puppies.  We laid on top of her, hugged her, and just enjoyed being around her.  When Mom would get mad at us the wooden spoon came out and Taffy would jump in between us and Mom to protect us.

Mom and Taffy
Taffy, me and Matt 

Now she did have a bad habit of escaping – mainly breaking the chains she was tied up with.   Once she got loose and went over to the neighbors and scared them so bad they gave her the steak off their grill.  Another time Taffy escaped and Dad called the police in Mount Prospect (Illinois, it was a village then) and reported her missing.  The operator said – “Oh, that explains the report of the lion in the back yard drinking out of the bird bath.”  

Now we have four dogs.  Kali – (lab and shepherd) the old broad that runs the household; Bear, my deceased daughters dog (lab and sharpei); Lola, our youngest daughters dog (part devil, part catahoula); and my boyfriend Leroy Jethro Gibbs (boxer and pit bull).  Gibbs and I spend quite a bit of time together – my husband is under the impression I like the dog better……well, sometimes…..

Gibbs, nothing is too good for my boyfriend!

Genealogy Education: Boston University and more…..

Well I’ve been busy stepping up my education.  I have been honing my Private Investigative skills and advancing my genealogy skills.  I have one more week to go to complete the Boston University Genealogy Research Program.  The classes included problem solving, research, evidence evaluation, and professional genealogy.  Instructors included Melinde Lutz Byrne, Mary Ann Boyle, Thomas Jones, Elissa Scalise Powell, and Allison Ryall.   The class has been wonderful and I have learned a lot!

The BU class is accredited for three graduate school hours, it requires quite a bit of time and effort.  I can honestly say it has been challenging and fulfilling.  Some classmates jumped ship before the completion of the course, others like myself have dutifully done our reading,  homework, and participated in the online discussion groups.

I can honestly say that I spent about twenty hours a week on the course.  I was my own worst enemy – constantly second guessing myself along the way.  I did, however, slowly develop confidence with my research.  I am one step closer to biting the bullet and starting the accreditation process.

The class helped me keep busy, which was perfect timing for me.  I had lost my eldest daughter a little bit before the class started.  I know that the fact that I had spent the money motivated me to get going on the assignments and forced me to do something other than cry and try to hide away.

If you have the opportunity to take the class do it!  It is overwhelming, new, difficult, wonderful, exciting, boring, complicated and easy.  I have signed up for SLIG – the land class.  I do not think I would feel capable of doing the class without the BU course under my belt.  

A Little Saturday Night Fun –

Randy Seaver invites us to have a little fun this Saturday!  Please visit his blog at Saturday Night Fun to join in .

Here is your assignment:

Answer these questions in my survey about your genealogy resources and usage:

a)  Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use?

Roots Magic
b)  Which online family trees have information submitted by you – in either a separate online tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree) or a universal (collaborative) online tree (e.g., WikiTree)?

Ancestry, WikiTree, and FamilySearch
c)  For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?,,,,
d)  Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?

Family Search, NARA,, Find A Grave, Billion Graves, HeritageQuest Online, UsGenWeb, 
e)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research online?  [Note:  not reading, or social networking, but actual searching in a record provider].  Estimate an average number of hours per week.

I will admit to twelve hours (it is probably more……..).
f)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research in a repository (e.g., library, archive, courthouse, etc.)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

Approximately ten hours a month based on a year.
g)  How much time do you spend each week adding information to your genealogy software program (either on your computer or online)?  Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

Two hours a week on average.

h)  How much time do you spend each month at a genealogical society meeting, program or event (not a seminar or conference)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

Average of four hours a month.
i)  How much time do you spend each month on genealogy education (e.g., reading books and periodicals, attending seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)?   Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

20 hours a month (currently enrolled in BU course)
j)  How much time do you spend each week reading, writing and commenting on genealogy blogs, websites, and social media?   Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

Two hours – wish it was more…… I am behind on my blog reading.