Friday, February 14, 2020

Back to Basics: Week 6 & 7

 For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genealogist for a living. I'll update where I am (most) Fridays.

Last week (ending 7 Feb) I spent preparing for and going to Scottsdale for a Junior League training, so no genealogy.

Education:
Read intro materials from ProGen and posted introduction
Lots of blog and podcast catch-up

Research:
A bunch on Aaron's family for the CNYGS program I am doing. Think I figured out a female's last name and mother, so that was exciting.

Organization:
Continued the Eichhorn family in Legacy/OneNote/paper binders

Societies:
None

Career:
Working on census program for CNYGS presentation. Changed the family I was using around 1880
Working on Writing Your Research Report as You Research presentation for work genealogy group

Back to Basics: Week 8

For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genealogist for a living. I'll update where I am (most) Fridays.

Education:
ProGen Feedback Assignment
Dissecting Civil War Pension Records: Conferedate & Union by Jill Morelli webinar
Maximizing Time to Write More by Darcie Posz webinar through the APG Writers SIG

Research:
A bunch on Aaron's family for the CNYGS program I am doing.

Organization:
Continued the Eichhorn family in Legacy/OneNote/paper binders

Societies:
Set up meeting for my committee for WYNGS

Career:
Working on census program for CNYGS presentation. Changed the family I was using around 1880
Worked on Genealogy at OCPL presentation for a local library
Presented Writing Your Research Report as You Research presentation for work genealogy group

Friday, January 31, 2020

Back to Basics: Week 5

For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genealogist for a living. I'll update where I am (most) Fridays.

Education:
  • Reading The Census Book by William Dollarhide.
  • Need to get back to reading How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist's Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900 by Harold A. Henderson and Sunny Jane Morton.
Research:
  • Not much
Organization:

  • Slowly started the Eichhorn family in Legacy/OneNote/paper binders

Societies:
  • None

Career:
  • Working on census program for CNYGS presentation
  • Submitted proposal for NYLA conference

Friday, January 24, 2020

Back to Basics: Week 4

For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genealogist for a living. I'll update where I am (most) Fridays.

Education:
  • Still reading How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist's Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900 by Harold A. Henderson and Sunny Jane Morton.
Research:
  • Went to a library that is a FHL affiliate and did some research on Italian records for my Casillo family. Found children and some things I need to look up on microfilm at some point.
Organization:

  • Casillo organization is finished. All good in Legacy, OneNote, and notebook

Societies:
  • None
Career:
  • None

Friday, January 17, 2020

Basics in 2020: Week 3

For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genealogist for a living. I'll update where I am (most) Fridays.

Education:
  • Signed up for and completed the NGS American Home Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation course. Great refresher on citations which I can always use.
  • Figuring out when I should continue with the NGS courses.
  • Still reading How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist's Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900 by Harold A. Henderson and Sunny Jane Morton.
Research:
  • Not much
Organization:

  • Figured out what was wrong with my laptop and now have the most recently updated database in Dropbox to add to.

Societies:
  • Renewed my Central NY Genealogical Society membership.

Career:
  • 2 presentations of "How to Meet Your 2020 Genealogy Goals" at work.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Census Sunday: The Census is Coming!

I remember how excited I was in 2010 to fill out a census form for the first time. I was living with my fiance in a little apartment in Syracuse and made sure to make a copy of the paper form to look at anytime, not just in 2082. I was in grad school for library science at the time, but don't remember anyone talking about the census. It was the same idea as the past few decades: form comes in the mail, fill it out, send it in.

This year, I'm a library director and we've been discussing the 2020 census for about a year now. There are a lot of changes, the main ones being it's mostly digital (aka taken online) and there is no long form option (this is now the American Community Survey).


The digital aspect is the reason library workers are talking so much about this. You may or may not know about the digital divide, the uneven access to and use of technology, particularly computers and the internet. Libraries are a key source of the internet and computers to many populations and with the census being online, there will be great need for access to the internet and help using the internet. There will also need to be explanations of why the census is so important (power and money for the area you live in), why you can trust the website and that your information is private, and how to get directions, forms, and help in your native language.

While the census is mainly online, areas that are frequently under-counted will also receive a paper form, as well addresses that did not fill out the form online or by phone after a few notices. The last option will be for a census enumerator to come to your door.

What should genealogists do? First, watch for your postcard in mid-March with instructions for filling out the census form and then do that ASAP (yes, census day is 1 April, but people should have filled out the form during the 2 weeks prior; you can update if needed). Second, consider joining or making a donation to a complete count committee to help make sure every person is counted. If you volunteer with a non-profit, see if they are working with the community on the census. There is also a need for part-time employees with the census, so if you're looking for some extra cash to pay for all those documents and databases, this is a great way to get it! Tell your friends and family to fill out the form form online or by phone as soon as they get their postcard.

Watch this space for more census info over the next few months. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Basics in 2020: Week 1 & 2



For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genealogist for a living. I'll update where I am (most) Fridays. Since the 3rd was still new to the year, I'm including that here.

Education:

  • Signed up for and completed the NGS American Home Studies: The Basics Course. A great refresher and gave me some ideas for when I'm presenting. I want to do all these courses this year, so I'm start at the very beginning.
  • Signed up for and am working on the NGS American Home Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation course. Same idea as above. Slowly working on it.
  • Used some of my Christmas money and ordered How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist's Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900 by Harold A. Henderson and Sunny Jane Morton.
    • Currently reading and taking lots of notes.
Research:
  • Took advantage of the amazing 1/2 off deal to renew my Ancestry subscription
Organization: Yeah, I need to work on that. Step one for this weekend is getting my old laptop to connect to Dropbox so my file is correct in there for Legacy and RootsMagic.

Societies:

  • Reached out to my committee as the new chair for the WNYGS Library Committee.
  • Attended the 1st NEAPG luncheon series.

Career:
  • Worked on my presentation for this month's genealogy round table at work. It's on how to reach your genealogical new year's resolutions. Asked in a genealogy Facebook group for people's resolutions to add to what I had come up with.

Back to Basics: Week 6 & 7

 For 2020, I'm getting back to basics for genealogy so that I can focus on my goals of being a BCG certified genealogist and be a genea...