Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: The Frisco Club, Buffalo

IMG_0006The Frisco Club, Buffalo, NY.  Marked are Elizabeth (Fink) Gress with her children Chester and May.  In the background are the words “Blackrock Market.”

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“Lois – Grandma at the Frisco club, she help the boys – Chester, Walter + Howard.  they belonged to it + the mother’s always helped.  I was about 14 years old, thought you might like it.”  Assuming this was written by May, the photo is from  approximately 1904.

Photo scanned from original owned by my great Aunt Lois 25 May 2009.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day: Franklin Bowers

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In memorandum of my great uncle, Franklin Bowers, who gave his life in service for this country 9 July 1944 in Normandy, France, just 13 days before his 22 birthday. (He is the young man on the left).

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Photograph and burial information courtesy of my Great Aunt Lois, 26 May 2009.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Research Plan: Where is Sophia's town of origin?

 

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Sophia Possehl/Passel Gress is my 3rd great grandmother.  Here is my problem analysis and work plan, Elizabeth Shown Mills style, to find her town of origin in Germany.

Written by: Amanda E. Perrine (amandaeperrine@gmail.com)

Report to: Own Files

Date: 17 May 2012

Subject: Sophia Possehl/Passel's German town of origin

Question: What town in Germany was Sophia Possehl/Passel born in?

Known Facts

Information Source

She immigrated from Germany, arriving in NYC 16 Nov 1859.

1. Joh. Passel, farmer, 56, male.

2. Dorothea Passel, wife, 46, female.

3. Friedricke Passel, daughter, 19, female.

4. Joh. Passel, son, 16, male.

5. Sophie Passel, daughter, 14, female.

6. Carl Passel, son, 7, male.

7. Line Passel, daughter, 3, female.

database, CastleGarden.org (http://www.castlegarden.org : accessed 16 Jun 2009), Sophie Passel; citing Port of New York records.
Birth: 29 Jan 1849 in Germany. Death: 27 May 1928 in Buffalo, Erie, NY. In US 72 years [1856]. Father: John Possehl, born Germany. Mother: unknown, born Germany. Informant: Louisa Schultz, daughter. New York Department of Health, death certificate 3417 (1928), Sophia Gresz; New York State Department of Health, Albany.
Age: 23. Born: Prussia 1870 U.S. census, Erie County, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, p. 154, dwelling 1119, family 1088, Joe Grass household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 935.
Age: 33. Born Mecklenburg. Parents born Mecklenburg. 1880 U.S. census, Erie County, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, enumeration district (ED) 168, p. 215, dwelling 225, family 236, Joseph Gress household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 May 2004); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 831.
Birth: Jan 1849 in Germany. Immigrated: 1865 1900 U.S. census, Erie, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, enumeration district (ED) 212, sheet 2A, p. 195 (stamped), dwelling 26, family 26, Sophia Gresz; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1032; listed as Jan 1846.
Age: 63. Born: Germany. Immigrated: 1870. 1910 U.S. census, Erie County, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, enumeration district (ED) 179, sheet 13B, dwelling 219, family 263, Sophia Gresz household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 946.
Age: 73. Immigrated: 1858. Naturalized: 1881 1920 U.S. census, Erie County, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, enumeration district (ED) 201, sheet 15B, dwelling 254, family 346, George Eddy household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1107.
Kin and Associates to be included in search:

Father: Joh. (b. ~1803)

Mother: Dorothea (b. ~1813)
Siblings: Friedricke (b. ~1840) Joh. (b. ~1843), Carl (b. ~1852), Line (female) (b. ~1856)

Spelling Variants:

  • Possehl
  • Passel
  • Persales
  • Pobehl
  • Pabel
  • Passehl
  • Pabehl

Research strategy

  1. Search for Sophia and her family in the 1860 census. Hopefully this will tell where they settled in the US. Note: Sophia's husband's family had settled in Eden, Erie Co., NY.
  2. Search for Sophia and family in the 1865 NY census
  3. Check the Mecklenburg census records on Ancestry.com for possible matches of Sophia's parents.
  4. Trace parents and each sibling as much as possible. Include vital records, census records and obituaries for each.
  5. Search for church records in Buffalo and Eden, NY, as well as any other towns found to be associated with the Possehl's.
  6. Do basic internet search for the family, including
    1. Google
    2. FamilySearch
    3. Ancestry
    4. RootsWeb
  7. Ask Forest Lawn cemetery, Buffalo for their records for Sophia.
  8. Search for naturalization record of Joh. Possehl/Passel

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Loomis Family of Sangerfield, NY

I attended a presentation at the DeWitt Community Library on the Loomis Gang of Sangerfield, NY.  It was presented by Sue Greenhagen and Darothy DeAngelo, who are sisters, genealogists and historians, and whom I have heard before at their Oakwood Cemetery walks.
Although I tend to think I haven’t been in the central NY area for long, it has actually been about a third of my life.  In all that time, I had never heard of the family gang that lived in nearby Sangerfield.
In 1638 John Loomis and Mary White left England and settled in Windsor, CT.  They had 8 children and all were pillars of the community for many years.  Their fifth son Deacon John had a son named Sargent Daniel, who had a son Daniel, who had a son Daniel, who had a son Lieutenant Daniel, who in 1779 had a son, George Washington Loomis.  George was not such a model citizen and eventually moved to Sangerfield to escape the police.  Here he met Rhoda Mallett and had a large family.
The family was known for crimes such as stealing (mainly horses), passing counterfeit money, murder, arson, and general corruption.  My favorite story told today was how they would steel horses, sell them to the Union army, then steal them from the army to re-sell them to back to army.
In 1866 the end of the Loomis family came, with the family spreading throughout central NY.
It was interesting to learn more about the history of the area and to see the stories that can be told from genealogy research.  The genealogy of the Loomis family is available at Archive.org.  Apparently there is also a documentary on The Loomis Gang and a book by George W. Walter.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Vital Record Purchases

Purchasing vital records can become an expensive proposition for genealogists, especially when you need them for FANs as well as your direct line.  One way I have found to decrease the cost is to go directly to the vital records office in the town or city the person was in when the event occurred.  I have saved $10 per record by doing this, which quickly adds up.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

NGS 2012: Final Recap

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It is hard to believe that one week ago the NGS conference began.  This was the largest genealogy conference I have attended and I look forward to many, many more.  Here are my general thoughts on the conference and recommendations for the next one:

  • First of all, I ask attendees in the future to please be polite to each other.  I had doors slammed in my face because people were in too much of a hurry to wait 5 seconds and hold them open and the commotion surrounding full sessions, with people shoving, cutting in line past people waiting much longer and being just plain rude, is not necessary.  It’s just genealogy people.  If all else fails, I’ll give you the $12 to buy a recording to listen to later.  Also, remember to wear comfy shoes, bring a water bottle and snack bars, get enough sleep and take care of your biological processes in a timely manner.  These things will keep you in a much friendlier place.
  • In that same vein, please NGS, have Elizabeth Shown Mills give her presentations in the ball room or have a live streaming available.  I do not need to be in the same room with her, I could happily listen while watching the slides in another room.  I am told RootsTech does this type of thing well, maybe they could help.
  • Plan in advance which lectures you will attend and let the conference know so that they can plan the room size accordingly.  If you aren’t 100% sure, mark the option with the most well known speaker.
  • If staying in a hotel outside the city, check rush hour traffic ahead of time.  In Cincinnati, this tripled the amount of time it took to get from my hotel to the conference center.
  • Attend as many social events as possible.  As great as the sessions were, my favorite parts were talking with other genealogists, particularly bloggers, who are tremendously friendly and interesting.  Also, be involved in social media, as these also give you a chance to connect with other attendees.
  • Even though everyone who applied to be a official blogger got to be one, I still felt tremendously honored to get my badge sticker saying I was one.  I think the inclusiveness of official bloggers lately (such as the 1940 census project) make for a much better experience.  It allows people of all different levels and interests to participate, which gives everyone more information.  It also made me much more aware of what was going on, as I wanted to let everyone following #NGS2012 know.

My plans due to the conference:

  • Research reports!  Nearly every session I attended spoke of the importance of research reports for your own research.  This will help me with inferential evidence and to become a much better genealogist.
  • Search railroad records for my ancestors whom this applies to.
  • Read more case studies.  I have always skimmed my NGSQ and other genealogy journals for items of interest to me.  I now understand the importance of all case studies to help me become a better and more well-rounded genealogist.  Time to download the back issues.
  • Create a 5 year plan in relation to my genealogical skills, with the endgame being certification by 2017.
  • Start saving my pennies for 2013!  I am lucky enough to have a free place to stay and a lot of airline miles, which means more money available for extra activities like lunches and for buying more at the expoWinking smile
    What were your thoughts on the conference?  Will you be attending the next one?

Monday, May 14, 2012

NGS 2012: Final Day

2012_NGS_Official_Blogger_LogoIt is hard to believe how quickly Saturday came.  The three morning classes this day were the ones I had most been looking forward to. 

First, I went to Railroad Men and the Records They Left Behind by Patricia Walls Stamm.  My paternal grandfather, his father and his grandfather all worked for the railroad, as did others in his line, so I was looking forward to learning more about the records available for them.  What surprised me the most is that railroad papers traveled with the person in charge of them. You have to look everywhere to find out who currently holds the archives for a particular railroad.  Most railroads have historical societies which can also help with these records.

My second session was Research Reports for Ourselves:More than a Research Log Presented by Paula Stuart-Warren.  I think everyone was surprised by the packed house for this lecture.  It was quite apparent that I am not the only one who does not, as Ms. Stuart-Warren said, treat her work as well as I would a client.

My number one takeaway from this class is to follow the BCG report standards, using proper citations, for all research done.  This will ensure that both I and other researchers know what has been done and what needs to be done in the future.  This class led perfectly into my last session of the morning, Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management & Analysis by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

This was the best class of the entire conference, in my opinion, and I highly recommend purchasing the CD recording.  The premise of the class was that when genealogical programs came into being, researchers stopped writing research reports and good research logs and instead just entered data into the program and stopped.  Actually, data entry should be the last thing we do, only after all research and analysis is complete.  For more information on what our reports should look like, look on the APG website.  While sitting through this class it was made crystal clear that I need to stop researching and re-enter all of my data into a research log and a genealogy program, making sure all events are caught, that the citations are perfect, that I am looking at FANs and that I am analyzing the data, including writing down further research plans.

After this class I made one more loop around the expo, where I met Katie Chapman, one of the creators of Geungle.  To begin with, Katie is tremendously sweet and very knowledgeable about organizing ones genealogy.  I am very excited for this site to come live in the next few months, as I feel it will be the type of genealogy “program” that will pull together all that Paula Stuart-Warren and Elizabeth Shown Mills spoke of, which helping genealogists collaborate in a much fuller way.

After this, my husband and I headed out of Cincinnati, skipping the afternoon sessions, as I had to work Sunday and it is a long trip back to Syracuse.  I had an amazing time at this conference and cannot wait to attend the 2013 conference in Las Vegas.  I am also hopeful that I will visit Cincinnati again soon, as there is much of the city I have left to explore.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

NGS 2012: Day 3, PM

 

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My first session of the afternoon on Friday was Making the DNA Connection by John Pereira of Ancestry.com.  This was a discussion on Ancestry’s new DNA test.  It looks interesting, but I really need to do more research before making a DNA test purchase.  There is a waitlist for this test and it is available only to members of Ancestry.com

My last session for today was Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion: Catholic Church Records by Dave Schroeder.  Having recently begun searching for my father’s side of the family and my husband’s mother’s family, Catholic Church records are going to be tremendously important.  I was pleasantly surprised by all of the information available on the records and that records are available beginning in the last 1800s.  Check with diocese archivists to see if records are available.  And remember, a small donation to the church never hurts.

After the session was over, we headed to dinner where I gave a brief beginning genealogy lesson to the server, who was interested in using the family history search as a bonding tool with her mom (she was college age).  I hope she decides to start this research.  After a full day of genealogy, I ended it with the latest episode of Who Do You Think You Are? and searching the British National Archives site for probate records.

NGS 2012 Day 3, AM

It was hard to believe on Friday morning that the conference was half-way done.  I had learned so much already and some of the sessions I had been looking forward to the most were over the next two days.
I began day 3 with Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies by D. Joshua Taylor.  Most genealogists come across a compiled genealogy which is unsourced.  Surprisingly, these are not always correctWinking smile  It is important to verify as much of the information as possible.  Additionally, remember that just because a like does not have a + next to it does not mean the line ends, they just did not have information on them, something I have found in my Perrine research.  My favorite tip from this lecture was to look for reviews of the book in its contemporary journals.  I had never thought of this.  This is a great lecture for purchase if you are wondering what to do with compiled genealogies about your family,
My second session was on Facial Recognition Software: Application for Genealogists? with Greg Kipper.  Kipper began by debunking what he called the “CSI effect.”  Despite what we see on TV, the technology is not currently there to identify people consistently with this software.  In the future, we can hope for improved technology that will be able to compare faces and make matches, which would be tremendously useful for unidentified family photos.
My last session of the morning was Documentation: The What, Why, and Where by Tom Jones.  I really liked how Dr. Jones made documentation so basic.  We need to have sources that allow yourself and others to find the information again.  Once you have the basics down, you can use books such as Evidence Explained (aff) to get into further detail.  This lecture would be especially useful to those new in genealogy, in properly sourcing your genealogy, or who get overwhelmed by Evidence Explained.
For the lunch break, my husband and I went to the Istanbul Café, which serrves wonderful Turkish food.  I highly recommend the cold appetizer sampler and any of the doner kebab meals.  From here we went to the Ohio Book Store which has a large genealogy, local history and US history section.  If you have local ancestry here, be sure to check out the balcony at this used book store.

Friday, May 11, 2012

NGS 2012: Day 2, PM

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My afternoon on Thursday began with the Palatines to America luncheon feating Marianne S. Wokeck on “Framing Genealogy: How Family Research Enriches the Ways in Which We See the World".” (If anyone has a copy of the syllabus, please let me know, I was not able to snag one.)  I really enjoyed her talk, particularly the idea that how a person remembers a place changes based on age.  If you moved away at 8, everything in your mind will be bigger due to your small size.

After lunch, I headed to

German Marriage Laws and Customs by Warren Bittner.  I wish I could go to the Palatines to America conference to hear more from him.  This was a fascinating presentation, full of great photographs on the power point slides.

My key takeaways were on “stands” in German society (similar to an Indian caste), to look for word "dispensation" on a marriage record, because the diocese may have much more information on the couple trying to get married and that there was a time when religious ceremony and civil registration dates varied greatly, making everyone involved wonder when they were “officially” married.  This is an excellent presentation to purchase on CD due to the tremendous detail Bittner went into.

My last session was Assumptions: A Genealogical Slippery Slope by Claire Bettag.  This was a very useful lesson on how our assumptions can mean we do not do the best research.  She focused on the importance of collaborating many sources to go the truth.  Surprising to some, even official records can be wrong and they can be wrong on purpose, for reasons of the person it involves (the one often cited is a man lying about his age to go into the military early).  She also mentioned that rejected applications can contain the most information, similar to the dispensations I had learned about in the prior session.

After this session ended, I went to purchase some things from the BCG booth, then headed for dinner with my husband.  After getting lost on very pretty back roads in Kentucky, we found a great Mexican restaurant.  The rest of the night was spent zoning out to Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and HGTV.

NGS 2012 Day 2: AM

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Day 2 (Thursday) of the NGS conference began in a much nicer fashion than day 1: not much actual gridlock on the highway and I arrived in time for the first session, which was on BCG certification.  As this is on my 5 year plan, I thought I should get some basics.  I only stayed for the first half of the session (it ran through 2 session times), but learned a lot.  It is time to go through the manual with a fine tooth comb, up my research reports and work on friends research so that I can practice writing “client reports”.

After this, I headed to Indexes! Indexes! Indexes! How to Find People Who Don't Seem to Be There! with Elizabeth Shown Mills.  This was my first time seeing her speak and I was quite impressed by her presentation.  My favorite part was when she mentioned that “Cassell” can be indexed as “Cafell”, which I am hoping will help me with my Casell (but often spelled Cassel or Cassell) ancestors.

The best strategies she gave, in my opinion, was to use wildcards for vowels whenever possible and to consider ethnicity as a surname.  I never would have thought to look for Italian, Marco or German, Nicolas in my search, but if the person taking the information couldn’t understand or figure out the last name, they put it down like this, instead.  If you have had problems finding people in indexes (who hasn’t), I recommend purchasing this lecture CD.

I ended my morning by starting in a session, but by that 3rd hour of sitting, I had had enough, so I went to the expo to index the 1940 census and wander around.  I actually got so caught up in indexing (my favorite part was the indexer who put Long Island as a foreign country from the Bronx-indeed it sometimes seems like it is…), that I was a few minutes late to my lunch lecture.  I will write about this lecture and my afternoon sessions in the next post.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

NGS 2012 Day 1, Morning

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I spent the first hour of the morning on the parking lot known at the I-75 trying to get to the opening session at 8am.  Sadly, I missed the beginning of this session, but luckily heard Patricia Van Shaik speak on the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848, a daguerreotype.  I can not even begin to tell you how much I love what the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have done with this photo; in fact, this type of project is the reason I went to school for my MLS.  You can explore the photo from their website.  If all libraries offered sites like this, with photos and historical information, our genealogies would be so much richer (side note: if your library needs an MLS to do this, I’m available!)

At 9:30 the exhibit hall opened.  I went in about 5 minutes late, as I was sitting next to a set of doors they never opened.  My first trip around the the hall was cursory to look at books I may want, people I may want to speak with and to get badge ribbons.  I was able to talk to Chris Whitten from WikiTree for quite a while.  I realized I have been remiss in not blogging about this wonderful new site, which I will make up for later this week.

My first workshop was Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom (click link to see my write-up).  Later, I went to the APG luncheon, which I will write a separate post on later this week.

Read about the second half of my day here.

NGS 2012 Day 1, Afternoon

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After lunch Wednesday (which will receive it's own post later this week), I attended Fitting the Pieces Together: A Case Study in City Research by F. Warren Bittner, CG.  This was one of the best presentations I have ever seen.  Mr. Bittner is a wonderful presenter and his presentation was good for all levels of genealogists, in my opinion.  This is one I would recommend purchasing the CD for.

Bittner started with a basic overview of the genealogical proof standard and then put it into practice with a case study on his New York City ancestors.  The main takeaways from this lecture are that the address a family lived at in a city is one of the most important items you can have.  The second is that indirect evidence which comes from comparing documents tends to provide the best proof of identity.  Lastly, always make sure every statement you make is cited.  My favorite quote was that that when looking at  “complex evidence: Compare sources, resolve conflicts, must include a written proof summary. Otherwise, we doom the next generation to redo the research.”

The last workshop that I attended was

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: The Evidence Presented Clearly Shows by Barbara Vines Little.  Little discussed the different types of proof summaries, list-style and narrative-style.  She said that the narrative-style tends to make a more convincing argument, as you can include more details.  The main takeaways from this lecture were that it is not enough to say that a record does not exist, you need to tell where you have looked for it and that these proof summaries, particularly if you use the narrative-style, become your written family history.

After the workshop ended, I sat in the NGS home-study course round table.  I did not stay long as this was for a more basic level than I was looking for.  I do highly recommend this course for beginner and intermediate genealogists.

Later that night there was a blogger meet-up at Champs in the Hyatt.  It was great to meet new bloggers and discuss the lectures people had went to.  I also met Jennifer Holik who has recently written a group of books on engaging the next generation of genealogists, some of which have lesson plans for every age level.  I looked through these briefly and am very impressed.  I plan on reading them and reviewing them on my blog as soon as possible.

Thank you for the great time out, ladies!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments

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My first workshop on day 1 of the NGS conference was “Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments” by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  As you will notice, the majority of the lectures I am attending are on proof arguments and writing, and this was a wonderful introduction to both.

All genealogists should be writing proof arguments for every step of their research.  It is tremendously important to remember that the proof argument is not a final, written-in-stone document, but rather a statement of where you are in your research at this point in time.  Looking at it in this way makes writing proof arguments much less overwhelming that the grandiose essay I had in my mind.

Bloom discussed her adaption of the Toulmin Model for genealogy.  First, we need to start with the evidence found an exhaustive search.  We use this information to build a proof argument and, finally, a proof summary. 

It is important to remember that the entire point of a proof summary is to answer the research question you posed at the beginning of your research process.  Once the summary is written, people will want to tear it down, to find the holes in your argument; find those holes yourself, then go do the research to plug them.

FamilySearch Media/Bloggers Dinner

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On Tuesday night FamilySearch sponsored a Media/Blogger dinner.  It’s not every day that you get to eat dinner with Paul Nauta of FamilySearch, the AncestryInsider, Leland Meitzler, Pam Schaffer, Sandra Benward and Denise & Scott Richmond (who I met on the Legacy Cruise in October).  I also met Ruth Blair, who shares my blogiversary and DearMyrtle said my business car was pretty (I can die happy now).

The main discussion was on the Community 1940 Census Project.  There are over 460 blog ambassadors for this program (including myself) and they are looking for more!  If you are interested and at the conference, there is a special offer where you can sign up and write a blog post and receive a very nice gift.

Over 101,000 people have volunteered as indexers and arbitrators, which is how 30% of the census has already been indexed.  This is likely the largest community indexing project and we can only hope to see more of these in the future.  Remember, if you index two batches while at the conference, you get a free t-shirt!

FamilySearch also told us that they have  collections from over 60 countries and over 1 billion indexed records.  I am most excited that they now have a contract with the Italian government to digitize and index for preservation purposes all civil records through 1940.  Having searched many of these records, I can say that having then online where you can zoom in and out and play with the coloring, will be tremendously helpful.

Thank you for such a wonderful experience FamilySearch!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BCG Education Fund Workshop

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The BCG Education Fund sponsored a full-day pre-conference workshop at the NGS conference today.  There were two parts, Dr. Thomas W. Jones on “Editing Your Own and Others’ Genealogical Writing” and Melinde Lutz Byrne on “Editor’s Ink: Writing for Genealogical Journals.”

For the pre-lunch session, I attended Dr. Jones’ lecture.  “Polishing is the greatest part of writing” according to Dr. Jones, it is also the hardest part.  When you begin writing you can start with anything: key terms, a description of what you want to say or full sentences.  If you cannot come up with anything to write, you probably should not be writing.  It is where you go from here, all the polishing, that is the difficult part.

I was amazed that as an NGS Quarterly editor, Dr. Jones routinely cuts 25-50% of the words sent to him.  The main rules for publication, after having interesting and well-done research, is to be concise, choose simple words and have a logical sequence.

After lunch, I attended Melinde Lutz Byrnes’ lecture, where she told us that “writing is thought.”  I learned that most journals have guidelines online that can help you decide if your publication should be submitted.

Prior to the conference Ms. Byrnes sent us a pdf of a rough draft journal article.  At nearly 30 pages long, this article was eventually cut down to 7 pages.  Our directions were to read the footnotes first, then the article, then turn each of the 90 paragraphs into 1 sentence and write 1 sentence that gives the overall theme of the article.

This will be the way I read every article in the future.  The footnotes give so much more information on the author and what you are about to read than I ever imagined.  This is apparently a tip from a well-known, long-term (and un-named) editor.  When an article is dense or confusing, turning each paragraph into a concise sentence makes it easier to understand.

These workshops made me more interested expanding my writing.  I am looking forward to combing my research for interesting and unique case studies that can be submitted to genealogical journals.

Planning for the NGS Conference

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A hoard of genealogists is descending upon Cincinnati today to attend the 2012 National Genealogical Society Conference.  In order to make the most of your time, it is important to pre-plan your conference, or at least the first day.  Luckily, NGS has made a multitude of tools available to help in this planning.

  • Syllabus, Daily Schedule and Exhibitor Listing
    • The syllabus and daily schedule of events are available as PDF files on the NGS website for conference attendees.  By going through these, you can decide which lectures you want to attend during each time period.  Important items to keep in mind:
      • Is the speaker one you want to hear?
      • Is the topic important to your current level and interests as a genealogist?
      • Is the session being recorded?  If there are two sessions you are interested in and one is being records and the other isn’t, go to the one that isn’t and purchase the recording for the other.
      • Is the syllabus specific or general?  If the syllabus gives you a lot of information on a topic, including references for further research, you can go to a session with a more general syllabus that does not provide the information you need
    • Use exhibitor listing to make a list of “must see” booths.  By planning this now, you will make sure you do not go home having missed the one organization you wanted to see.
  • Mobile App
    • There is a mobile app available for every device.  Download this to look at daily news flashes, the daily schedule, maps, and even tweets and photos from the conference.  The best part of the app is the “My Schedule” piece where you can keep track of which sessions you are attending and where they are located.
  • Tips for First Time Attendees, Conference FAQs and What to Expect 
    • These documents will give you an overview of important information on the conference.
  • Social Media
    • Using these tools will help make your conference enjoyable and productive!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

NGS Conference Begins in 1 Week

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In one week, the pre-conference workshops begin for the NGS Annual Conference in Cincinnati.  This will be my first national genealogy conference and I am very excited to be one of the official bloggers!  I will post daily about the workshops, lectures and special events I attend, as well as general information about the conference and Cincinnati.

Will you be at the conference?

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