Looking for a Reason Why

Looking for a Reason Why

In my last post I wrote about 1 of 5 reasons why a supposedly sane person would get involved in genealogy (you can read about it here.) Really, what is so great about digging around in the past? Well, here is Reason #2 ala Janet Hovorka:“It gives me a sense of purpose and a feeling that I can do it.”Mamie and Papa were my great grandparents.  Anna Mae Atteberry Brown and Herbert BrownMamie was a true matriarch and ruled her domain with strength, love and lots of Southern food.Papa was a man of few words, enterprising and devoted to Mamie. Papa had been a coal miner and if that wasn’t hard enough he did it in dirt poor Alabama. When that life began to effect his health, Mamie said ‘enough.’ They became migrant farm workers, and Papa worked his way up to be farm supervisor. They picked their way through Michigan and then through Yuma,AZ until they settled in Sebastopol, California. Mamie and Papa survived coal mining, migrant farm working, a death of their infant baby boy, two world wars Continue reading

Why in the World Would You Do Genealogy?

Why in the World Would You Do Genealogy?

It always surprises me when thoughts that you think are entirely your own, thoughts that come from your heart and innermost being, thoughts you assume are unique to only you - when BAM! not only do you discover that someone else not only shares those EXACT SAME thoughts but, expresses them so much better…actually the expressing better part isn’t so much a surprise.I’ve been pondering this post for awhile, when I came across a post written by Janet Hovorka on her theChartChick blog. I thought I must of written this and forgotten about it and mistakenly posted it on Janet's blog. Janet’s superior writing gave her away. She wrote what was in my heart better than I could so read hers and I will just say a big DITTO! I was checking-out Janet’s blog because I am getting ready to interview her for this blog and wanted some background information before the interview. So stay tuned for that interview.So instead of just repeating everything she wrote, I will elaborate on the 5 reasons Janet Continue reading

Technology and Genealogy, a Marriage Made in …?

Well, I attended Rootstech last week in Salt Lake City. It has taken a few days for me to process all the information and to sort out all my thoughts and feelings about the event. What is Rootstech? Rootstech  is a new conference spearheaded by FamilySearch along with other genealogy organizations and companies who were joined with top companies in the technology industry “designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges we face in family history research today.”             Here are my conclusions about the experience:*  Being a good genealogist with limited technology skills may have been sufficient in the past, but in order to fully access newer resources, databases and online information in the future we will need to become more technology mature.        *  Every field has its own language and way of defining things. I think many genealogists who are new to technology are resistant due to the lack of 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

I survived Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Last week SLIG was put on by UGA (by the way, SLIG is pronounced like a word while UGA is spelled out and not pronounced ugah...just so you know). If your going to be a genealogist you have to 1.Learn the lingo and 2. Learn how to spell GEN-EA-LOGY. Otherwise its a dead giveaway that you are a newbie.A sure sign of my being a first-timer to SLIG was the fact that I thought I could make the 45 minute drive early in the morning (in January weather in Utah!), attend a full days worth of classes, as well as take evening classes lasting well after 9 pm and then get back into the car, drive barely conscious - only to do it again the next day... and I'm not even going to mention trying to squeeze in some research time at the Family History Library. Oh! I laugh at my foolishness now, I must of thought I was still 20 something which would be completely delusional on my part! The smart ones were the ones who lived closer to Salt Lake City than I did and yet still got a hotel room. By Continue reading