Celebrate folks it’s March 12th Genealogy Day!

The second Saturday of the month of March is Genealogy Day!  Celebrate by taking some time to find a new record, watch a webinar to learn new skills or take the time to catch up on your genealogy reading – books, magazines or blogs.   I am off to the Tucson Festival Books http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/ to see what interesting books I can find. 

Poundstone Family Tree – 1933 drawn by George C. Poundstone

There are free webinars and YouTube videos to learn more about research, organization, or a specific type of records.  I found a a video on YouTube that takes a ride through Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois where my Great Grandparents are buried.  I also found numerous videos on the Newberry Library in Chicago  – a place I am hoping to research at in August.

Are you attending the FGS Conference in Illinois?  You may want to check out what materials are available at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/library/Pages/default.aspx, the Illinois State Library https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/public/genealogy.html or the Illinois State Archives https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/gen_research.html .  It is never too early to plan a research trip!

Later in the day I will be celebrating the day by working on my Progen homework, a genealogy presentation I will be giving next Saturday and homework from my National Institute for Genealogical Studies class.  


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

Join me in Salt Lake City for the FGS Conference

It almost here!!!!!  I am so excited to go to FGS and RootsTech.  I am not sure how things could possibly get any better.  Donny Osmond, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager will be keynote speakers.  The family history library is close by.  Thousands of people that enjoy the same things I do and vendors that sell things I would love to own will be gathered at the Salt Lake Convention Center.  There will be speakers on every possible subject for societies and family history. 

There will be social events for both FGS and RootsTech.  FGS will be hosting Behind the Scenes: Family History & Television. This event will explore television and family history.  RootsTech will be hosting YouTube sensation Alex Boye and the One Voice Children’s Choir.  RootsTech will also be hosting extended hours in the Expo Hall featuring a night of culture.   The RootsTech closing event will feature David Archuleta and the cast of BYUtv’s Studio C.

Attendees need to make time to socialize with new and old friends at lunch, dinner, or in the evenings.   Salt Lake has a plethora of eating establishments to visit with your genie friends.  The Gateway hosts several restaurants.  Tucanos Brazilian Grill offers breads, fried bananas, unlimited salad and entrée selections.  The Gateway has an Applebee’s, California Pizza, Flemings, and Jason’s Deli to name a few.  The City Creek Center located within walking distance to the convention center also has a number of places to eat.  The center hosts eateries such as Brio, Jimmy John’s, Subway, Chick-fil-A, and the Blue Lemon.   The Joseph Smith Building offers the Lion House Pantry, The Garden Restaurant, The Roof Restaurant and the Nauvoo Café.  I have always enjoyed my meals at the Nauvoo Café.  The Siegfried’s Deli has a delight.  The food is out of this world. 

Take time to be a tourist in the city.  There are many historical sites to visit.  The Beehive House is close to the convention center and the Family History Library.  The home was constructed in 1854. It is located at 67 E South Temple and offers free tours.  The city also has several other historical sites such as the Kearns Mansion, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, or the Old Pioneer Fort Site. 

PS-My daughter Juliana is a great fan of Laura Bush and is dying for an autograph – anyone have an in?

FGS: Connect.Explore.Refresh – Planning for the experience FGS 2015

I have been coming up with a plan to make FGS and RootsTech conference the best they can possibly be.  It is a three part plan that will hopefully come together and provide the experience of a lifetime. I am also keeping in mind sometimes it is OK to fly by the seat of your pants. I missed out on  Geneablogger time at the SCGS Jamboree by trying to fit in every possible class.  What you learn socially is just as important as what you learn in the sessions. 
Part one of my plan:  Preparing for a visit to the Family History Library.
 I have been reviewing my database looking for research holes that could potentially be solved by locating information at the FHL.  I have been looking through the catalog for books and microfilm and organizing that information for the most efficient use of my library time.  I like to organize my research for each floor and then by area.  I have decided to add additional days to my visit for the library.  I did not want to allocate any FGS or RootsTech time for researching.
Part two of my plan:  Planning my conference time.
The number one reason for my attendance at the FGS conference is to help our society.  The tracks that interest me the most are Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries, the 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow, Benefits & Projects, and Technology for the Future.  I am still debating whether or not to go to one or more of the luncheons.  I do know that I will not be able to attend every session that I wish to on Wednesday – why or why do they offer such tantalizing classes at the same time!    The offerings Thursday through Saturday will help better my skills as a genealogist.   I have had the opportunity to hear quite a few of the big name speakers at NGS and at local seminars.  I think I will do a little research on some speakers I have not heard and give some of them a chance.  I really am looking forward to some new speakers and topics.  The topics that interest me the most are DNA, Technology, Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations, Standards and Practices, and A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning.
Part three of my plan:  Meet New People, Socialize and find a Seminar Speaker for 2016
This will be my first FGS conference but not my first conference.  The NGS conferences and SCGS Jamboree I have attended have brought many new friends and connections.  I had the pleasure of meeting folks from Arizona at the SCGS conference that have in turn attended Pima County Genealogy Society functions.  Taking the time to talk to people at the conferences have lead me to information on making our website,  incorporating  social media,  and so many ideas that benefit my personal research and the Pima County Genealogy Society.   

I guess I need to make a part four of my plan.  This Arizona girl is thinking she will freeze in SLC in February.  Time to do a little research on the weather.

Connect.Explore.Refresh: Experience the 2015 FGS Conference

What could be better than being able to research in Salt Lake, meet new people, learn new things, and rev up your genealogy research?  The upcoming FGS  conference combined with Rootstech will begin February 11, 2015. 

This will be my first FGS Conference, my expectations are high.  I have had the opportunity to attend several NGS and Family History Expo Conferences.   My most recent attendance at a conference was at the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree.  I have thoroughly enjoyed them all but the FGS Conference will offer more opportunities to enhance my skills for my society.  I currently serve as President of the Pima County Genealogy Society.  We are a fairly new society and will be launching our first website in January 2015. 

I have learned that connecting with people at conferences is just as important as attending a class.  At the Jamboree in California I met several people from Arizona that help spread the word and attend our first seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.  The interactions brought new friends and additional contacts that will help us share future events throughout Arizona and beyond.

I am excited to see what new “toys” will be available in the vendor hall.  New technologies, products and goods made to make our research easier and faster. 

The FGS Conference, RootsTech Conference and the Salt Lake Family History Library all at once?  It’s Disneyland on steroids for a genealogist.  I am so excited!

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011 Conference Springfield, Illinois, 7-10 September 2011

There is something to think about – visit family, research, and attend a conference all in the same week.  I enjoy researching at the The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  I have a lot of towns to research along with a few counties within driving distance.  The best part is I have family near Springfield that I would get to spend time with.