Friday, July 31, 2020

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 assignment and feedback
  • I did an intro to genealogy program for an out-of-state library through Zoom, plus 2 presentations for work
  • A bunch of organizing and putting research into Legacy. Printing up info for my Whitehead binder to update it as well.
August's focus is definitely the proof argument for ProGen! Starting that ASAP.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Back to Basics - June 2020

Somehow the year is nearly half over. June was a great month for my genealogy. 
  • I received a bunch of certificates from the British GRO. I love their process of ordering online and then sending a PDF.
  • I'm continuing on with ProGen. My group is amazing! This month I wrote a business plan for my genealogy business. Now to put it in place!
  • GRIP went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in the Practical Genetic Genealogy and have a to do list a mile long to try with my results.
  • I did a presentation on census records for my hometown library.
  • Not a ton of research, but that's okay. 
I have a few presentations coming up in July, plus a 5 days weekend to work on my research!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Back to Basics - May 2020

May went decently. I spent most weekend time doing my ProGen assignment. For work I did 5 virtual genealogy courses. Caught up on all of my NYG&B Records. Feeling pretty good going into the summer.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Back to Basics - April 2020

Well this month has gotten much better. I completed my ProGen assignment, which was not quite where I wanted it, but again, intense focus isn't working so well right now. Did comments for both March & April - my group is amazing. It's fascinating to see how we all set things up differently and gave me some great ideas for updates. Also did April chat for March work.

I've been organizing my items into binders and into Legacy and OneNote. It's going well. I even did a little research on some of my lines, especially the German records on Ancestry for the Finks. Should be done with my maternal grandmother's line soon, then will move to maternal grandfather's. Then need to drop off at my gramma's to give her something to read during isolation (contactless drop-off with plenty of time of my not touching before I hand it over.)

I've watched most of the sessions on the Massachusetts Genealogical Society Seminar and won a free entry for a day next year! I'm also in progress on the Applying to Lineage Societies Online Conference from NEHGC.

I've attended a bunch of other webinars plus NEAPG & Certification Discussion Group meetings.

Best of all, I've been working with another librarian and offering Friday genealogy classes via Zoom. It has been great to talk with others about their genealogy and having this research to do each week.

May is likely more of the same, so here we go...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Back to Basics: March 2020

Well, March did not go as planned. It was busy month at the start of the month after going to the Public Library Association Conference (which was amazing) and giving my notice at work. Lots of catching up on things, but not any genealogy. Then we entered self-isolation as part of NY PAUSE and I have been having an impossible time concentrating. Yesterday I began a new job which is quite interesting!

Anyway, not much to report, but I have been trying to get to NEAPG virtual lunches and watched a webinar or 2. Hopefully I'll get better at focusing soon. Hope you're all well out there!

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.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

SNGF: Genealogy Goals for 2020

It's time for some Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! Play along :-)

Tonight, Randy posted:
1)  It's the New Year, and many readers have already made resolutions, or goals, or plans for one or more tasks or projects.  Or they haven't yet, but could or should.

2)  For this SNGF, please tell us what plans you've made, or what goals you've stated, or what resolutions you've averred for 2020.  Writing them down may help you achieve them.  Do one or more as you wish.

Genealogy goals and I haven't mixed fabulously well over the past few years, but I'm going to try, try again. Like in my regular life, instead of picking actual goals, I'm going to pick a word.

Basics

I have long held the plan to become a certified genealogist and to do genealogy as a career. I got my MLS because of this. I go to GRIP and conferences and workshops and genealogical society sessions because of this. I've done a lot of research because of this.

And in many ways, I'm good on the career front. I hold genealogy round tables at my library, help others with their research, speak locally, and even take clients now and then. But the certification thing has been out of reach, due to the time and organization needed.

So that's why I'm going back to the basics this year. Organizing all the research I have. Making sure everything is in my research plans and database. Reading all the books I buy and blog posts I have on Feedly. Making a concrete plan to get certified and following it like I do with my research plans. Stop looking at every shiny squirrel out there and focus. I have the time, it just tends to be spent watching TV or playing on social media. So now it's time to get back to what's important in this arena.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

End of Year Meme: 2019

It turns out I did my first annual one of these a decade ago. Times sure have changed.

1. What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before? Went to Oregon, bought a hybrid car

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. My word for 2020 is fire. 2019 was a bit of a roller coaster. Time to rise like a phoenix in some areas and burn some stuff down in others.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 2 of my cousins and my friend Theresa

4. Did anyone close to you die?  Not close, but my great aunt Barbara.

5. What places did you visit? Oregon and southern Washington, Detroit, NYC, Steamtown, Hamilton & Toronto, Ontario, Niagara Falls, Oneonta, SPAC & CMAC, GRIP in Pittsburgh

6. What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019? A consistent exercise routine

7. What dates from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March 25, when Aaron got a new job. November 20th.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Some things I don't want to share quite yet

9. What was your biggest failure? I'll keep that to myself

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes

11. What was the best thing you bought? Plane tickets to Portland; my Kia Niro; concert tickets with Lauren; fixing the house (deck & fence)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Greta Thunberg

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Our government, still.

14. Where did most of your money go? Our house. Mortgage and some repairs, including moving the fence and fixing the deck

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The fixed deck, our summer vacation

16. What songs will always remind you of 2018?  All things the Jackson 5 and Train

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner by about 25 pounds
c) richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercise

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2019? Another Christmas morning at our house followed by dinner with friends. It's one of my favorite yearly traditions.

21. Did you fall in love in 2019? No

22. What was your favorite TV program?  The Good Place

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2019? Worked and went to Red Robin for my birthday burger

24. What was the best book you read? Daisy Jones & the Six

25. What did you want and get? A lovely summer vacation

26. What did you want and not get? Trip to Chicago

27. What was your favorite film of this year? Frozen 2 (I don't watch many movies)

28. Did you make some new friends this year? Yes

29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Winning the lottery

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019? Leggings

31. What kept you sane? Walks with Andrea

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Meh.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? Children in cages.

34. Who did you miss? My Grandpa Acquard and Uncle Brian, like every year now.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019: You never know what you can do until you have to do it.

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...