Learn From Other Tribes and Drink Upstream

Learn From Other Tribes and Drink Upstream

There is a saying "don't drink downstream" and if you've ever spent any time outdoors you know why. When you want good information, you need to go to the source. I wanted to find out what "real" writers where doing,  so what did I do? I joined a professional writer's online group. It's called Tribe Writers. I have just started and I'm not much into the community sharing part, but I want to glean what I can from this course. Results to be shared later. Next, I attended the 2014 Build Your Blog Conference, a professional bloggers conference. Taught by bloggers who have page views in the millions, who shared their expertise and knowledge on how to create a better blog. Do I want to become a full-time professional blogger? No. But, I do want to glean ideas on how to maximize the time I do spend blogging and to create a better blog. Was it worthwhile? Yes, I did learn a lot. Enough to keep me busy tweaking, adjusting, and learning how to implement what I learned for the rest of the Continue reading

Using Genealogy Conference Syllabi: Take a Trip and Never Leave the Farm

Using Genealogy Conference Syllabi: Take a Trip and Never Leave the Farm

This year I attended UGA’s SLIG conference, RootsTech  and will be attending in a few weeks UGA’s Family History Conference and I’m still trying to work out attending FGS in Sept. Wish I could have attended SCGS’s Jamboree, NGA and BYU Family History Conferences but wasn’t able to this year, but I did the next best thing – I  bought their syllabus. While the syllabus isn’t the perfect substitute for the real thing, it still is a great resource. Here is how I use them.BYU Family History Conference 2011 First, I make a print out of the each day’s classes and presenters and put it in a notebook. I also have it in a file on my pc.I make note of the classes I hope to attend in a future conference and put that in my conference folder.I also write the titles, presenter, conference and date and record it in my OneNote genealogy notebook under the subject heading you can read how I did that in this post, so I can find it again.I make a list of presenters that I want to learn more about. I check Continue reading

Getting a Great Genealogical Education for Little or No Money!

Growing up my dad would often quote the English proverb,“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Well, if wishes could make it happen, I would attend every genealogy conference, institute and enroll in Boston University’s Genealogy Certificate program today! In order to get where I want to be in my genealogical education, I have put myself on a stiff genealogy education plan that expands across the next 5 years. While those plans include the major conferences and institutes, those plans are also subject to the funds available at that time. Which means – if I want a quality genealogy education now - I am going to have to get way more CREATIVE!While not everyone wants to become a professional genealogist, I would think anyone who does their own family history research would desire to be more effective – wanting to spend the precious time they have to devote to genealogy research to be more focused and more successful.So here are some ideas to create your own genealogy education plan: Continue reading

What’s in Your Bag?

This Thursday through Saturday I will be attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City. This is a new conference in which the universes of genealogy and technology will collide and will try to create a new world - one where research is faster, simpler and dare we dream … easier.Having learned my lesson just a few weeks ago while attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, I came to my senses I wisely booked a hotel room…read earlier post for the details. Since I won’t be driving back and forth to Salt Lake, I have to be prepared a bit more  than usual. When I do research at the Family History Library, I just bring my flash drive and use the library’s computers and save lugging the laptop around. But since this is a conference about using technology I decided it would be best if I actually brought some! So, I am prepacking my laptop bag. Having worked at the FHL and done research there for years, I thought I would share what I like to bring with me. Besides the laptop and power cord, I also Continue reading