Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Toward 2014

Thank you to my friend RL for posting this on FB today.

I have never been one for New Year's resolutions; I instead prefer to pick a word for the year, such as explore or renew.  I think I first read about this in The Happiness Project and over the past few years it has provided a focus that a resolution cannot.  This year, based on the above paragraph, it seems like the obvious choice would be "balance" and yet that does not resonate within me.  I'm not a believer in balance, particularly not when life is being lived in such a fierce way.  My baby is growing up quicker then I imagined possible.  I have gotten onto the career path that I have been working towards for many years now and one I want to dive into as much as possible.  Yet at the same time, I want to remember it, to notice it, to stop worrying once in a while and just be.

As such, 2014 shall be the year of "Savor".  To me, savor means taking the best of what is offered and enjoying it to the fullest.  I cannot do everything and be everywhere, no matter how hard I try, but I can say yes to those things that most interest me and then revel in them, for these truly are the days.

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in Review

I know a lot of people who are happy for 2013 to be ending; they dealt with illness, infertility, divorce, loss.  Things no one wants to have happen, yet do.  And while my life wasn't perfect this year (due to my family and friends dealing with the above), it was the best one I have had to date.  It started with an amazing trip with my husband to Belgium and Luxembourg, peaked with our son being born and ended with a new job in my field.  I'm not sure how 2014 can beat this year, but I am looking forward to seeing it try.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Had a baby.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I'm not a fan of resolutions; I much prefer a word of the year.  I have a post on that for tomorrow.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Me!  And my cousin's wife had a little girl 4 months later to the day.  Also my college roommate and some of the women in the infertility group I am a part of.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thankfully.
5. What places did you visit? Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent and Messancy (an ancestral village of mine), Belgium, Luxembourg City, Manchester, New Hampshire (NERGC), Kingston, Ontario, various wanderings around Central New York and a lot of trips to Buffalo.
What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?  A raise?  Energy?  A trip to see friends in NYC and a spot at GRIP?  I honestly can't ask for much.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 30th, when Julian was born.  October 1st, when I started my new job after 6+ years with Starbucks.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?   Getting a job in a library.
9. What was your biggest failure? Giving up the awesome exercise routine I had while on maternity leave.  Working full-time while having a child has quite the learning curve.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Someone in my household has been sick pretty much every day since the end of October.  Daycare illness is just thrilling.  But compared to what a very important little girl in my life faced this year, I can't complain about anything in the department.
11. What was the best thing you bought? My Windows 8 laptop that can be used as a tablet.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband.  He is amazing with Julian.  I couldn't do it without him.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? So many politicians.
14. Where did most of your money go? Hospital bills, student loan repayments and daycare.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Having a baby (I think we have a theme here) and getting a new job.  The trip to Belgium was pretty exciting, too.
16. What song will always remind you of 2013? Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, which I hate but is rather catchy.  And Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? Poorer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Enjoying the moment in pregnancy, life before baby, maternity leave, Julian, etc.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying.
20. How did you spend Christmas in 2013? Christmas Eve with my mom's family, Christmas day with my dad's and this coming weekend with my in-laws.
21. Did you fall in love in 2013? Very much so with Julian and even more so with Aaron.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Criminal Minds.  I've watched it way too much this year.
23. What did you do for your birthday in 2013? On the actual day worked, then took Julian to the pediatrician where he had to have a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia (ugh).  The Saturday before we went to the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute for the Robert Indiana from A to Z exhibit, lunch at a cute hot dog stand, read at Barnes and Noble and then Thai food at one of our favorite local restaurants.
24. What was the best book you read? I'm currently reading Auschwitz : a doctor's eyewitness account which is phenomenal.  I also enjoyed Lean In and learned of the brilliance of Sandra Boynton.  
25. What did you want and get? A healthy baby and safe delivery.
26. What did you want and not get? To win the lottery.  I ought to start playing ;-)
27. What was your favorite film of this year? I don't know that I really saw any new movies this year.
28. Did you make some new friends this year? I did.
29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Paid maternity leave and universal health care.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? For the first part, "maternity leggings are amazing" and to end, "yes, I am riding the librarian stereotype bus all the way to the end in my cardigan."
31. What kept you sane? My family.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? The Pope.  Never thought I'd say that.
33. What political issue stirred you the most? Gay marriage legalization.
34. Who did you miss? My Grandpa Acquard.  I wish he could have met Julian.
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. Just keep pushing.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Book of Me, Written by You-Prompt 2 “Welcome to the World”

This is a new project to help genealogist write about themselves for future family.  This was developed by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest and you can find out more about it here.  There is a new prompt each week.  I’m currently playing catch-up, as it started about a month ago.

Prompt 2: Your birth. . . Do you have any baby photos?  Where were you born?  Who was present at your birth?  Dimensions?  What day was it?  Time?  Did you have hair?  Eye color?  Are you a twin?


1 Day Old

My favorite story about my birth is the one my dad tells, where on the way to taking my mom to the hospital when she was in labor he stopped at Ted’s for a hotdog.  My mom has neither confirmed nor denied this story, but I always thought it was funny.


With Dad

I was due on Thanksgiving and my great aunt Marilyn told my mom to name me Tom Turkey if I was a boy.  I didn’t arrive as scheduled, though, and the OB planned to evict me 10 December.  Even in utero I didn’t like being told what to do, so my mom went into labor on 9 December and I was born at 2:13 pm at Sister’s Hospital in Buffalo via a cesarean birth.  Back then women were under anesthesia for c-sections and fathers were in the hospital waiting room, however my family knew one of the nurses and she said I came out screaming.  Others have said that I’ve never stopped. 


With Mom

I was 5 pounds, 13 ounces and the first child for my parents and first grandchild on both sides.  This means I have lots of photos (at least lots in 1981 standards), a filled in baby book and all those things firstborns tend to get.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Book of Me, Written by You—Prompt 1 “Who am I?”

This is a new project to help genealogist write about themselves for future family.  This was developed by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest and you can find out more about it here.  There is a new prompt each week.  I’m currently playing catch-up, as it started about a month ago.

Prompt 1. The prompt for week 1 is a recognized psychology test.  Ask yourself 20 times “Who are you?”

For your listening pleasure, the song this prompt made me think of.

I am

  • a mother to an amazing almost 4 month old

  • the wife of Aaron

  • the daughter of Julie & Mark

  • a sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, aunt, godmother, daughter-in-law, friend

  •  inquisitive

  • a world traveler

  • a reader

  • a librarian who will soon be starting a job in a library

  • a barista extraordinaire

  • a genealogist

  • a singer

  • a procrastinator

  • a lover of movies and musicals, though never combined

  • a texter

  • a recovering infertile

  • a memory keeper

  • ever hopeful

  • a flaming liberal

  • a Buffalonian

  • ever changing, yet ever the same

Monday, July 1, 2013

Canadian Ancestors

Happy Canada Day!  A few of my branches stopped in Canada on their way to Buffalo.  Below are the generation that came to Canada through the generation that left.
1-Nicholas Eichhorn b. Cal 16 Jan 1799, , , , Germany, d. 28 Jul 1878, Welland,
  Niagara, Ontario, Canada
+Dorothea Schneider b. , , , , Germany
|--1.1-Charles Herman Eichhorn b. 25 Dec 1848, , , Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt,
|    Germany, d. 25 Feb 1907, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
    +Katherine WEIß b. 19 Apr 1849, Hohenstaufen, Donaukreis, Wûrttemberg,
     Germany, d. 9 Aug 1936, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
   |--1.1.1-William Fred Eichhorn b. 22 Jun 1874, Chippewa, Welland, Ontario,
   |    Canada, d. 9 Mar 1931, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
   |--1.1.2-Frederick William Eichhorn b. 14 Jul 1875, , , Ontario, Canada, d.
   |    9 Apr 1932, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
   |--1.1.3-George Eichhorn b. 30 Aug 1878, Niagara, Niagara, New York, USA, d.
   |    1928, (Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, USA)
   |--1.1.4-Eichhorn b. After 1878, d. Bef 1884
   |--1.1.5-Eichhorn b. After 1878, d. Bef 1884
   |--1.1.6-Clara Eichhorn b. 9 Aug 1884, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA, d. Aug
   |    1967, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
   |--1.1.7-Charles Eichhorn b. Abt 1888, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA, d. Btw
   |    1892 - 1900, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
   |--1.1.8-Marie Eichhorn b. 21 Dec 1891, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
1-Charles Whitehead Jr. b. 10 Oct 1840, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, d.
  12 Oct 1902, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada
+Mary Ann Hayman b. 11 Mar 1845, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, d. 16 May
  1877, Barton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada
|--1.1-Benjamin Thomas Whitehead b. 31 Oct 1866, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent,
|    England, d. 11 Apr 1906, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada
|--1.2-Joseph Whitehead b. 2 Nov 1869, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, d. 4
|    Apr 1936, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada
|--1.3-Charles William Whitehead b. 12 Jun 1872, Burlington, , Ontario, Canada,
|    d. 27 Dec 1927, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
|--1.4-Rosanna Whitehead b. 5 Jan 1875, Barton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, d.
|    2 Dec 1924, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada
1-John William Sanderson b. Abt 1830, , , , England, d. 25 Feb 1905,
  Burlington, Halton, Ontario, Canada
+Mary Alwood b. Abt 1833, d. 30 Sep 1903, Galt, Halton, Ontario, Canada
|--1.1-Gertrude Sanderson
|--1.2-Mary Jane Sanderson b. Abt 1864, Trafalgar, , Ontario, Canada
|--1.3-William H. Sanderson b. 1869, , , , Canada, d. 1946, (Hamilton,
|    Wentworth, Ontario, Canada)
|--1.4-Anna May SANDERSON b. 17 Jun 1871, Burlington, , Ontario, Canada, d. 29
|    Apr 1928, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A New Leaf



Introducing my son, Julian John, who was born Thursday night.  It is impossible to describe the emotions I have regarding him.  Putting him in my family tree software is amazing – I’m an ancestor!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

NERGC 2013: Day 3

Saturday morning meant the end of NERGC was near.  I began with the New York track, starting with “But She Died in Upstate New York in the 1850s: How Can I Identify Her Parents?” By David Ouimette.  New York state is not the easiest to research in.  Vital records did not start until 1880, were not prevalent until the early 1900s and even though they are open to researchers, they are not available to browse, instead you have to fill out a form and hope.

This means that you need to use alternate records and get creative in your search.  David discussed the importance of cluster genealogy, looking at neighbors, checking neighboring localities and going forward in order to go back, since you never know what information a descendent might have that can help you.  My favorite thing he said, “the search for an individual is the search for the family” is one of the most important things to remember when conducting genealogical research.  Even professional genealogists do not know everything.  At the end of the session a woman in the audience asked if he had looked at a certain record set for his case study.  Hopefully this new resource will help him in his search.

The second part of the NY track was “Spanning the Great New York Abyss: Connecting Generations When No Vital Records Exist” by Laura Murphy DeGrazia.  Laura gave a lot of resources for NY researchers and I will write a post expanding on this later in the week.

After lunch (and another volunteer lunch ticket collection), I attended the workshop “Baker's Dozen Steps to Writing Research Reports Workshop” by Elissa Scalise Powell.  If you have the opportunity to take this workshop, do it.  I wish someone had explained research reports to me like this when I was still a baby genealogist.  Everyone should be writing research reports using the standards shown in the BCG manual.  Elissa recommends having a template for these reports that you can fill in throughout your research process.  This report should be the very first thing you do, prior to any research, for any question you have.  The way she explained it made it seem so easy that of course you will always write a research report.  My goal is to write and post these on my blog weekly, particularly showing the process of writing it throughout the next few weeks.

My last workshop of the conference was “My Grandmother was a Fascist: Alien Registration Files and Italian immigrant communities up to WWII” by Shellee A. Morehead.  This session was actually useful to anyone with immigrant ancestors who did not get naturalized until after 1940.  The Alien Registration Act of 1940 made every un-naturalized immigrant register on a yearly basis.  To see if your ancestor has a file, go here.

The next NERGC conference will be in 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.  I can’t wait!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

NERGC 2013: Day 2

Day 2 at NERGC began with the “Evidence Analysis” workshop by Barbara Mathews.  Barbara started by giving us a list of useful books, all of which I happily have in my genealogical library, that explain the terms used for evidence and sources.  We also got a sneak peak at the new terms Tom Jones has put in his new book out in just a few weeks (have you pre-ordered yours yet?).  She then discussed the importance of evaluating each source and the information found therein. 

Next came my favorite part, discussing case studies.  First we looked at one on straightforward information.  This would be something such as looking at the parentage of your parent, where all of the documents match.  Nice and simple, but you still want to write up a proof argument on it.  Next we looked at one involving conflicting evidence, involving inferred relationships on early census records and secondary information from a death certificate.  Worksheets such as census comparison charts helped us figure out who a person’s parents were.

Last she gave us a lot of documents to establish the correct parentage of Charles Goodrich.  This was published in multiple printed genealogies, with differing results.  We were put into groups and asked to come up with an answer and a reason why.  I am happy to say I came up with the correct answer!  It showed the importance of always going beyond printed genealogies to sources such as probate and vital records.  When writing out a proof argument it is important that we not hide these types of conflicts, but instead discuss them and why we reached our conclusion.  And as always, footnote, footnote, footnote.

After the workshop, I wandered to the blogger area in the expo center, which was sadly deserted.  I then looked around the exhibits a bit and finally purchased The Journey Takers after about three years of meaning to, and There's a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library), which is a great introduction to maps for children.  I also got an amazing deal on the 2004 APG conference syllabus and the 2011 NGS conference syllabus.  I can’t wait to read through them.  Then I went to volunteer experience #1, collecting tickets for lunch. 

My first afternoon workshop was “Should you believe your eyes? Sizing up Sources & Information” by Laura Murphy DeGrazia.  The answer to this, of course, is no.  It is important to look at who the informant is, the condition of the material, the purpose of the document, the context and procedure it was created with, the completeness of the information and the creator’s conventions, aka always read the introductory material, for each source you find.  Once you have done this, you can compare and contrast all of the data you have and reconsider the relevance of each piece.  I also volunteered for this session to check name badges and collect evaluation sheets.  I highly recommend this very easy volunteer position, as you help conference organizers by doing a little extra work at a session you would attend anyway and you get entered to win some awesome prizes.

In what turned out to be my last workshop of the day, I went to “Digging Up the Dirt on Your Farmer” by Lori Thornton.  Here I met Madaleine Laird, a new blogger who you should definitely check out!  Lori gave us a multitude of sources to find information on your farmer.  She is the one person who has more farmers in her family tree than I do (my ancestry has a random gardener and day laborers in it).  Always look at the agricultural census if it is available, as well as tax, land and patent records.

After this I was pretty fried.  I was going to go to the poster sessions, but an hour of standing wasn’t looking so good, so instead I came back to the hotel for a quick nap, which turned into my waking up halfway through the blogging special interest group I had planned to attend.  At that point my husband and I went to grab dinner and then came back to relax and watch HGTV.  Only one more day left at the conference!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NERGC 2013: Day 1

At the end of the NERGC conference in 2011 I was fortunate enough to win a free registration to the 2013 conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, which began today.  I unfortunately missed the opening session this morning as we arrived at our hotel at 3am this morning, but I attended 3 sessions today, as well as visiting the exhibition hall.

The first session was Colleen Fitzpatrick’s “The Dead Horse Investigation: Not Just the Facts, Ma'am.”  Colleen showed how much information you can find to identify a photograph by looking at all the little details and using other sources, such as city directories and census records.

Next I went to “What Exactly is a "Reasonably Exhaustive Search"?” by Laura Murphy DeGrazia.  While many genealogists know they are supposed to complete a reasonably exhaustive search, most do not know what that entails.  Since each circumstance is different, there is no checklists or shortcuts, instead, we all need to learn how to conduct a reasonably exhaustive search from experience.  She recommended reading as many journal articles as possible and studying the footnotes and sources used, as well as showing your work to experts at events such as the Ancestor Road Show at NERGC to learn more.  Laura was a great speaker and one I will be adding to my “must see at conferences” list.

My last session today was by one of my favorite speakers, F. Warren Bittner, on “Complex Evidence: What it is, How it works, and Why it matters? (An example from NYC)”.  According to Warren “the goal of family history is to establish identity” and if we cannot do this, all of our other goals are a waste.  In order to truly establish identity you need to use complex evidence and analyze and compare all of your sources to create a written proof summary.  The problem many genealogists have is that family tree software and charts make it seem that filling in dates and sources of each person is enough, when really that isn’t the point of genealogical research at all.  You can have a birth, marriage and death date for John Smith, but they may be three different John Smiths, which is why the analysis is necessary.  The presentation reminded me once again of the work I have to do with my research beyond proper sourcing and putting it in Legacy.

The society fair began at 5:15, followed by the exhibit hall opening at 6pm.  Not having New England ancestry, there were not any societies I was interested in joining, although I was impressed by and interested in the Maine Old Cemetery Association and the work they do to preserve cemeteries.  The exhibit hall was very full and it was a bit difficult to look at the booths.  I bought New York State Censuses & Substitutes by William Dollarhide, which I am very excited to add to my genealogy library.

Tomorrow is a long day starting with a workshop on evidence analysis in the morning and ending with a blogging special interest group at night. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Motivation Monday: February 2013

Weekly plans don't seem to work for me, so let's try monthly.

  • Write posts about my trip to Belgium & Luxembourg

  • Go to the library to check birth and death dates and places for the husband's family

  • Go to Binghamton and Utica/Rome areas to get said certificates

  • Organize surname and location blog categories

  • Continue inputting item

Sunday, January 13, 2013

SNGF: Semi-Random Research

Randy Seaver's  Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at Genea-Musings:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very last person on your list of names is.

3)  What do you know about this person based on your research?  It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

The last person in my Legacy database is Henry Zwilling, my 4th great-grandfather, who was married to Anna Maria Gossman/Gassman and had at least one child, Elizabeth.  In a somewhat unrelated note, this Elizabeth is probably one reason I have the middle name Elizabeth.  She is my grandma's great-grandmother and I wonder if that is where her parents got her middle name (also Elizabeth).

And that is all the information I have...

So to Ancestry.com we go.  Thanks to some enterprising relatives, there is quite a bit on Ancestry for Henry.  He appears to have been born in the Alsace region of France around 1804.  He emigrated to America and lived in Lancaster, Erie Co., NY, where he died in 1890.

There are the usual census and tax records and confused family trees.  The most interesting are the scanned image of his citizenship document and the land ownership map.

Henry is on my "to research someday" list.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Motivational Monday: Belgium

  1. My 3rd great-grandmother, Catherine Scheer Kollin was born 14 July 1822 in Belgium.  She married Jacob Kollin and died 21 Jan 1901 in Bennington Center, Wyoming, New York.  I am visiting Belgium in a few weeks and was hoping to visit her home town, except that I have no idea how to do research on Belgium and I kind of forgot I wanted to research it when I booked my plane ticket 5 months ago, so it wasn't looking good.  With some help from an Ancestry.com member tree and the website Messancy, I found her parents and place of birth, Messancy. Belgium.  She also has ancestors who lived in Sprinkange, Luxembourg and Mondercange, Luxembourg.   This week I need to look into these areas and plan a day trip there from Belgium.

  2. I am tremendously close to finishing my sourcing from my Whitehead binder.  I should be able to finish it by the end of Sunday.

  3. I also need to work on organizing my blog categories.  At the very least I would like to finish updating the surname category.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

SNGF: Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

From Randy at Genea-Musings:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1913 - 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

  • My great-great grandparents Joseph Acquard, Jr. (1855) and Mary Kollin (unknown) lived in Bennington Center, Wyoming, NY with their children including my great grandfather Florian (1899).

  • My great-great grandparents Franciszek Karpinski (1880) and Jozefa Szydlik (1886) were living with their daughter Genevieve in Buffalo, Erie, NY.  It is possible their parents were living in Poland, but I have not done any research there yet.

  • My great-great grandparents George Nuwer (1869) and Anna Zeapfel (1874) were living with their children, including my great grandfather Albert (1906), at their house on Westwood in Alden, Erie, NY.  I have photos of this home.  I am not sure where George's mother, Elizabeth Nitcher (1843) was at this time.

  • Anna's parents, Joseph Zeapfel (1837) and Elizabeth Zwilling (1847)  lived with some of their children in Lancaster, Erie, NY.

  • My great-great grandparents Marco Casillo (1868) and Caroline Izzo (1876) lived with their children, including my great grandfather Alfred Casell (1906), in  Buffalo, Erie, NY.

  • My great-great grandparents William Eichhorn and Augusta Tross were also living in Buffalo, with their children including my great grandmother Lillian Eichhorn (1908).  William's mother Catherine Weiss (1849) was also probably living in Buffalo at this time.

  • Augusta's mother, Maria Strassheim (1841) was living in Buffalo with her daughter Catherina's family.

  • My great-great grandparents Charles Whitehead (1872) and Anna Sanderson (1871) were living in Buffalo with their children including my great grandfather William (1896).

  • My great-great grandparents Jacob Gress (1869) and Elizabeth Fink (1867) were living with their children, including my great grandmother Vera (1900), in Buffalo.

  • Jacob's mother Sophia Passel (1849) was also living in Buffalo.  She had a few boarders at this time.

  • Elizabeth's mother Barbara Fleeman (1846) was living in Buffalo with 2 of her children.

I do not have many photos of the homes of my ancestors.  I now have a project for the next time I'm visiting Buffalo.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Hello little blog.  I've missed you.  2012 turned out to be a pretty crazy year and I promise to update on that soon, but first I just want to say hi to all my readers out there.  Thanks for sticking around.

My only resolution for 2013 is to get back into the hobbies that I most enjoy.  Genealogy is near the top of that list and I have a few goals to go along with that.

  1. Spend at least 1 hour a week on my genealogy, whether research or organization.

  2. Read at least 1 genealogy book a month and post about it here.

  3. Post at least 2 times a week on my blog about my exploits.  These can be about genealogy, libraries, travel or just general updates on life.

  4. Update/organize categories and pages on the blog.

I have been organizing my apartment and am shocked at the amount of genealogical research I have just sitting in boxes.  Many boxes, in many rooms, full of glorious information that I couldn't find if my life depended on it and that is probably not in my genealogy program.  So while new research is always my favorite thing to do, I think organizing the information I have into nice binders and source citations in Legacy is probably a better plan.

I'm looking forward to catching up on all my genealogy blogs in my Reader and finding new ones, too.  Happy New Year!

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...