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GRIP 2015: Day 2

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For my first post on this year's Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), go here.

Another full day of GRIP classes commenced today at 8:30 am, though really, some of my favorite parts of GRIP occur before this and around classes, when you can sit and talk to other attendees.  Having attended 2 other GRIP institutes and a few conferences, I now have people whom I recognize and know in addition to all of the wonderful people I get to meet.  If you are worried that you do not know anyone and that is why you do not want to attend, I can guarantee it isn't a problem.  Sit at any table in the cafeteria and you'll meet interesting people who are actually interested and understand your genealogical addiction.

Our first class today was the second part of Judy Russell's "Justice in the Empire State: Legal Records in NY State."  Having had an overview of the laws and courts yesterday, today we were shown actual records and how you can use them to create a …

GRIP 2015: Researching New York State

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My third time at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) began yesterday afternoon after arriving at La Roche College in Pittsburgh.  I attended the first year, 2012, and last year, 2014, and it is something I look forward to all year.

Every year we get a little present and this years was a USB drive attached to a name tag, which will be very useful to bring on research trips to keep that plus my ID and credit card together.

This year I am in the "Researching New York State" track coordinated by Karen Mauer Jones.  As soon as I saw that being offered, I knew I had to take it.  All of my and my husband's lines end in New York State and while I can tell anyone how to research in Buffalo, but once I get into rural Central and Northern NY, records are much harder to come by.

Our days are broken into 4 classes plus an optional nightly lecture that is open to the public.  My classes today were Researching New York: Introduction and Historical Overview with Ka…

#LoveWins

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"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered."

And for the genealogy blog related part...  Genealogy companies, time to let us put same-sex couples into our family tree programs correctly.  Legacy has a worka…

Wordless Wednesday: The Williams Family

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Ralph, Carrie (Gress) and Ethelyn Williams.  Buffalo, Erie, NY.  Around the turn of the last century (1900).  According to Legacy, Carrie is my 2nd great grand aunt and Ethelyn is my first cousin, three times removed.

 Formerly in possession of my great aunt Lois.

Tombstone Tuesday: Barbara Fleeman Fink

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Located in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie, NY.  Barbara is my 3rd great grandmother.

Wordless Wednesday: Whitehead Girls

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Lois, Janice, and Barbara Whitehead, 1930, most likely in Buffalo, NY.  My maternal grandmother's older sisters.  Photo in possession of my great aunt Barbara.

The 30-Day Learning Challenge

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In addition to #blogjune, I'm also taking part in zen habits 30-Day Learning Challenge which is taking one topic and studying it for at least 10 minutes per day, every day of the month.  The topic I have decided to look at in German Genealogy.  I will be reading and studying the following:

My GRIP syllabus from the German genealogy course I took in 2012.The German genealogy FamilySearch Wiki.4 webinars from Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Lots of books, includingThe German Research Companion 3rd Ed. Revised and Updated [2010]The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in EuropeIn Search of Your German Roots. A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. Fifth EditionA Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors (Genealogist's Guides to Discovering Your Ancestor...) My goal in studying this information is to make progress on my Gress, Fink, Strassheim, and Passel ancestry.

#blogjune & MM1

It's #blogjune again!  I tried this last year and kind of failed, so I'm trying again.  You can sign up here.

List 5 things you’re looking forward to about #blogjune [Monday Meme 1]
1. A reminder to actually post on here.
2. #blogjune is full of Australian library bloggers, who write interesting things that I don't know much about.
3. Having a record of all of the interesting things going on in my genealogy/library/travel/etc. life.
4. Actually working on my genealogy more so that I have something to blog about. 5. Developing the blogging habit again.