Showing posts with label class. Show all posts
Showing posts with label class. Show all posts

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jamboree 2011 ~ Classes


One of the conference rooms at the Marriott where classes were held was named "The Hollywood Room."

Friday I took three classes:

 "The Genealogist & The Coroner" ~ Janis Martin and Joyce Kato

I joined "Unclaimed Persons" at the onset. I haven't participated as much as I would have liked at this point. I was interested in hearing Janis speak and possibly learning about free online sites that may help with the research process. This class wasn't what I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it. Joyce is from the coroner's office. She explained the process they use on unclaimed bodies and how the case may eventually come to U.P. She also explained what happens when a body doesn't get identified, or next of kin found. There were parts of this talk that were rather gruesome to think about, but reality. Janis shared the types of records and process U.P. goes through to try to solve cold cases. I enjoyed listening to the process from start to finish and hearing the statistics on unclaimed persons. For instance, in 2007, Los Angeles County buried 1689 unclaimed persons. Very interesting class! 

Another conference room.

The next class I took was ~

Grandma's Flak Jacket ~ Why Your Children Need You to Tell Them Their Family History ~ Janet Hovorka

I have to admit that I misread the title on this one. I thought this class was about HOW to interest your children to like family history, not WHY. I had never been to one of Janet's classes before, so I decided to attend anyway. As it turned out Janet did give ideas and clues to help children become involved with genealogy. A couple of points she made that I really liked were to "Hit them where they live" (involve genealogy with things they are interested in) and keep it visual. (I am sooo behind in getting photos up around my house...)

A third conference room.

The last session of the day I went to was ~

Putting Flesh on the Bones - Ron Arons

Another class I took because I had never heard Ron Arons speak either. Last year I went to sessions where I had heard the speakers before, so this year, for me,  it was mostly about listening to new speakers. Putting the Flesh on The Bones was about going beyond the Who, What and Where and exploring more of the Why and How. The main point I need to remember that was brought up in the class was, stick to one person at a time! Oh, I know you are suppose to work on one person at a time, and I can do that! Well for 10 minutes anyway. My new challenge is to beat that time, I will work on 15 minutes!

The fourth conference room at the Marriott.


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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!




Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, July 4, 2009

SoCa Jamboree 2009 ~ Post 3

While most of the bloggers who attended the So Ca Jamboree have completed their posts regarding this wonderful adventure, I am lagging behind. I am however, finally posting my third post of the event.

I don't know how many times I picked classes I wanted to attend each day. I think every time I did, I chose a different version of events to attend. Did I tell you there were at least 100 classes offered this weekend? No wonder I couldn't make up my mind! Each morning would come, and my class choices would change again. Saturday morning my intentions were to attend Lisa Alzo's class "Write your Family History Step By Step." Unfortunately, this didn't happen as sleeping seemed to get in the way. Not only did I have a difficult time choosing classes, Saturday morning I had a difficult time attending classes!

One consistent choice I planned on attending was the "Summit 2: Son of a Blogger" event. My roomie (Sheri Fenley) and I, did make it to this event which was two and a half hours long. Armed with coffee, we found a seat.


Low and behold, there was Lisa Alzo sitting behind me at the bloggers summit! I didn't get her hear her presentation at class, but I did get to see her, and speak with her later.



Here you see Elizabeth O'Neil, Lisa Alzo and Amy Coffin

We have them all again along with the Perle Masta of geneabloggers and Facebook, Thomas MacEntee. It's picture time!



Along with Thomas and Elizabeth, Gini Webb,her husband Steve and Elyse Doerflinger were other bloggers who attended.





Looks like Randy Seaver was twittering away and footnoteMaven and Denise Levenick were blog talking.










Last but not least, here is Kathryn Doyle. Other geneabloggers who attended this session I apparently didn't get a picture of. Oh, but there are more geneabloggers in the room! Next post will unveil!



Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SoCa Jamboree 2009 - Post 2

I haven't informed you of the classes I took on Friday and I would like to do that now! Did you know there were over 100 classes offered at Jamboree?

Friday morning only, there were a few "Pre-Jamboree" Sessions which ran from nine until noon. I chose a session titled "Introduction to Genealogy-Advanced Beginners." Parmenter was the instructor. I thought this class was geared to intermediate genealogy, but I found it to be more for beginners.

After registration, which started at noon, it was time to see some of the bloggers floating around and a chance to mingle before the classes officially started.



On Friday, I took DearMyrtle's "Finding Digital Items in the Family History Library Catolog." It was very informative, and I especially liked the fact that DearMyrtle presented it and I was able to listen to her speak! I haven't had much success with Family History Library as of yet, but I am hoping a few new things I learned from Myrt will help me with at least one of my lines. I was honored to have a picture taken with DearMyrtle the following evening, and spent some time speaking with her then. She posted to her blog an e-mail and picture I had sent her a few years back, before I ever even thought of starting a blog! The picture of me was when I was a baby and I wanted DearMyrtle to see who I am now! It was a nice visit! I even thought my husband may have known her fiance's brother, as he lived in the town we lived in, and they both played softball, and were both pitchers. But I asked my husband and it isn't clicking, maybe the brother played in another town or league. I was almost disappointed.

The second class I attended that day was a class given by Wendy Debout Elliott titled, "Buried Treasure-Lost in Print." I felt bad for Wendy when she realized she brought the wrong information to place on the screen for this class. So no pictures through this class (I like visuals, but that was ok) but she kept us engaged! She spoke of old writing and how the letters were and can be mistaken for other letters of the alphabet. Many, many examples.

The final class I took on Friday was a class given by Leland Meitzler, "Finding your Family in American Newspapers and Periodicals." Leland sure has a great time presenting his class! One thing I really liked, he projected himself so there was no way anyone couldn't have heard him. He was interesting in that he shared some personal information and gave us many ideas to think about when researching family using newspapers and such.



Again, I must say thank you again to Denise Levenick and Thomas MacEntee for putting together the goody bags for the geneabloggers! On Friday it seemed there was so much to do, it was a great thing to have some snacks to get by on as I never had breakfast or lunch! Such a wonderful idea, and saved my day!


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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

So Cal Jamboree

Preparations have finally started for me! I am attending the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree which is this week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This will be my first major genealogy event that I will be attending, and I am really looking forward to it! I have started pulling all of my paperwork together, confirmations, reservations, schedules, etc. I have downloaded all of my pictures off of both of my cameras and charged the batteries. (I am so about pictures!)

Today I tried to make a real commitment to classes for Saturday as another blogger will only be attending on Saturday and I would really like to spend as much time as possible with her! I had my schedule temporarily set up awhile back, but need to be more committed now. I thought about how many classes I had originally chosen to attend and realized that I would be attending so many classes that I wouldn't be spending enough time with the vendors! So now, with trying to finalize my plans, I am actually scheduling some time to visit with the vendors.

Besides the classes and all there is to learn, the vendors and all there is to see, there will be thirty plus (last I heard) genealogy bloggers in attendance, with so much fun awaiting! This will be a sight to see! Several, major, well known bloggers will be in attendance and I can hardly wait to meet them all! I hope somehow we can get a picture of all of us in a group. It will be a honor to be among these most talented bloggers! It has come to my attention that one of these bloggers (I shouldn't be a name dropper, but what the heck, I will give you a first name, shhh don't tell though .....his first name is Thomas) is going to have us all in Mardi Gras beads, so if you are attending, you will most certainly know who the bloggers are!

There are a few get together's that have been set up for the geneabloggers, so I have a feeling you will see quite a few Tweets, Facebook comments and blog posts about this event!

The Jamboree is about five hours south for me, in Burbank, California. Not that far so I will be driving. I will be honored with the presence of another genealogy blogger for the ride down and back. I will save the information of who this is for later and blogging, but will give you a hint I guess..."very funny!"

My laundry is done, just need to pack. We will be heading down and starting some fantastic memories on Thursday! I hope to collect a lot of pictures, learn from some of the best, maybe do some shopping (NOT my most favorite thing to do, but when it comes to genealogy, how can you go wrong?) and meet some fantastic people! I already can't wait to post about this event, and it hasn't even started yet! The excitement has though...stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Final Class in this Series

This final class was on Immigration and Naturalization records. It covered how to do your homework to help find immigration records and the types of records that may give you clues. There was a bit of history given on Naturalization Records. Naturalization Records are divided into two categories because of the Steerage Act of 1819. The Steerage Act stated that all passenger lists of all arriving vessels to the United States were required to be given to the local Collector of Customs. The categories are divided as prior 1820 and after 1820. Each category was discussed regarding searching for these records, what you can expect, and what information you will find. Points of interest include~

Passage of the first Naturalization Law was in 1790.

The Naturalization Service was created in 1906.

Ideas of places to search~

Filby's index
Visa Files
Passports
Alien Registration Records
Certificates of Registry

As a bonus we received information on "Genealogy in the 21st Century" which covered~

Internet and Online records
Continuing Education
Evaluating an Ideal Genealogy Program
Books to learn from and improve genealogy
Books every genealogist should read
Adhering to Genealogical Proof Standards
Back Ups

We were instructed not to be "people collectors." In other words, verify and follow up on the information you receive on people, don't just collect names and dates.

It was sad knowing this was the last class, and yet exciting also. Extremely informative classes, great instructor, lots of hype and excitement, all of which I will miss. Exciting however in that I am looking forward to progressing with what I have learned. With classes over, maybe I can find a couple hours a week of free time to do this!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another Class ~ Land Records

I have to admit, I wasn't to enthused about this class, probably because I haven't gotten to the point of delving into land records. At one point I thought I would have to miss this class.

We had so many plans for the day, between my husband and I. Originally we were supposed to have house guests for the weekend and with everything else we had going on, it was almost a blessing they cancelled.

My morning was busy as I had so much to get together for the day, phone calls to make prior to leaving for my class, and making sure my grandson was taken care of, as I usually babysit him on Saturdays. My husband agreed to watch him so I could take these classes, but on this day he also had a major commitment. My daughter got it worked out which was good as I was feeling guilty.

I am generally early to everything, and hate being late. I gathered everything I could remember that I needed for the day and jammed out the door, running late. First obstacle, the garage door wouldn't close! Played with the remote, checked the button in the garage and nothing worked. Pulled a chair over, reached over the car and manually undid the latch. Ok, on my way. Almost got hit on the freeway. Get to the college, and the parking pass machines didn't work. I drove to several and tried them and they just didn't want my money. Finally, pulled over a security guard, he gave me a pass, and didn't charge me. Needless to say, I was a few minutes late to class, and was embarrassed sneaking in, but I made it!

I was able to finally unwind after a few minutes and really get involved in the subject at hand. Missing the class would have been a mistake. At one point, when I knew I had so much going on, I had told myself, "It is only land records" trying to convince myself I didn't need to go. That is when I need to go!

Another amazing class! Land records are your bread and butter! I had no idea how much land records can tell you about your family. Now, I can't wait to delve into them! The most important thing I learned is:

"The descent of land is the purest form of lineage!"

Land records are easily available, and help prove many things. Migration, chains of title, divisions of estates, marriage, relationships, place names, and life style are prime examples. We were instructed on county land records, and federal land records and how to locate these records.

I learned how important it is to follow siblings and neighbors in these records. I learned about deeds, platting land, the difference between a grantor and a grantee, metes and bounds, and how some surveys are read from right to left! Another important factor, make to follow the trail from the time land was acquired until it left the family, it is crucial.

Deed books are full of information. The documents you may find in them are~

Deed
QCD-Quick Claim Deed
Release
Trust deed
Land Bond
Personal bond
Agreement
Real or Chanttel Mortgage
Mortgage Release
Apprenticeship
Contract (business, prenuptial, etc)
Patent Rights
Power of Attorney

Before I knew it class was over and I was on my way to meet with family to discuss what we were going to do with a house that I just became part owner of. I had many mementos in my possession of this family that I didn't want the responsibity of any longer, I needed to get this important stuff to the rightful owners. Wedding rings and things of value made me nervous worrying if something happened to them. And a house setting empty for 6 months needed to be attended to. So off to the next part of my hectic day....

To sum up this class though, again there was so much covered I can't begin to tell you everything. Unfortunately, next week is my last class.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Getting Serious Class-Probate Records

Pop Question - Can you explain what the term "orphan" referred to?

My class yesterday was another real eye opener! Any of our ancestors affiliations with the government would have taken place at the county courthouse. So, the coverage of the class involved county courthouse records, primarily probate records.

Our fabulous instructor covered the who, why, and wherefore's of probate. The purposes of probate, the probate process and the many records that could be available for us to research. Again, I was impressed and amazed at the records involved.

Here are some records possibly available when a probate is involved:

Petition to Administer the Estate
Hearing on the Petition
Bonds posted by the Executor
Letters Testamentary
Letters of Administration
Inventory of property
Creditor's claims
Interim accounts
Sales of property
Determination of widows rights
Guardians for minors
Bond changes
Resignations
Revocations
Final settlement

What a lot of information there is to be found in probate records! Most information will be found in courthouses, but you may find notices printed in newspapers also. Information on siblings, the living spouse (if there is one) , along with possible occupation and social status are just a tidbit of info you may find. Locating and viewing the inventory of property can really give you a sense of the social status of the deceased.

Key points from the class~

1. If you know your ancestor owned property, but can't locate a probate file, check the land records. A large amount of land was transferred to heirs prior to death, therefore bypassing probate.

2. Probate didn't always take place immediately after death. You may have to check a large range of years.

3. Knowledge of inheritance laws of the area and time period is necessary for a complete understanding of probate records.

The list of actual records to search total over 50, I never would have realized the abundance of records probate could entail.

I have not had the opportunity as of yet to research probate files, but I have the information now to know what to search for, where to search and what I may find.

Answer to pop question - "Orphan" usually referred to a minor whose father was deceased. The mother may still be living!

Thanks for stopping by!

May you have success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Getting Serious Class - Military Records

This class covered the Military Timeline. Each United States war was discussed and we were given the types of records available and what you will find in these records. We were informed where original records would be found and the many online references available. The variety of records to search through are bountiful! A few new to me websites were nice surprises.

A basic outline of the records to be searched covers the military career of the service person. Samples available to us include:

The draft
Enlistment papers
Muster rolls, pay rolls, hospital records, court martials etc.
Discharge papers
Pension and bounty land applications
Veterans homes and possibly more hospital records
Headstone applications

Looking at military records in this manner really opens what may be available and gives a definite plan to follow. And again, the list of reference areas was wonderful! I have to admit I am one who has basically used one site online thus far, and lately I am flooded with many other sites, how to use them and what is available. Really can't wait to start digging deeper!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri


Monday, October 6, 2008

Class-Vital Records

In class last Saturday we discussed vital records. What are vital records? They are records that were created because of a life event that occurred. Vital records include birth, marriage, and death certificates and even divorce records.

Where can we locate these records? Church records, cemeteries and newspapers are a few ideas to help us with our research. Many online sites, town and county records are other ideas to look into.

This lesson taught us how to begin looking for these records and how every search will be unique. Each search will depend first on what we already know and this will start us on the path to our next discovery. Each vital record has it's own discrete information that will be revealed, so depending what information we find on a given record, that information will guide us through to the next step.

The instructor tested us on direct and indirect evidence with these records. Later on we also were reminded of primary or secondary information. It was emphasized that we must locate original copies!

I wish I realized earlier on not to only take pictures of tombstones and headstones but to also see what records the cemetery carries. They may maintain sexton records along with cemetery deed and plat books. There may be records including burial permits, grave openings and re locations. How many records have I overlooked this far? Oh, maybe I'd rather not think about that right now...

Again I took a lot of notes and with the addition of our class handout, we were informed of many directions to research. Instructions on seeking these vital records was most informative. Seeing sample records showed us the important information we can learn from any given record.

This class sounds like it was basics, but oh no! I again have pages of notes and left with the desire to spend the next 24 hours researching! I certainly hope my notes are clear, by the time I get back to them they had better make sense and get me fired up like the instructor did! I have to admit that the last two weeks have been whoppers for me, and I have not had the time to research or work on any of my homework. (very sad face)

I do hope the next week or two I can get caught up again, there should be more free time to do so. It is most important for me to work with these new bits of information while they are fresh in my mind!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Next Class and My Day

Today was a busy one for me, although I really don't know to many days that aren't busy for me! It started with my wonderful grandson waking me up this morning. We were able to spend some time together before I headed out to my class at the Jr. College.

Two hour classes just fly by, it amazes me still. Today the instructor covered censuses. She went
through each Federal Census with us and shared what was available on each. She covered how the census takers took their census information, and where it went afterwards, and the copies that were made. We all know that the 1890 census information is extremely minimal, however we were displayed a census from this time period which showed a friend of the instructors whole family! Our instructor was with her at the National Archives when she found this. Must have been so very exciting!

We were instructed to make sure we took note of the enumerator, actual dates the specific census was taken and where the family was from. Sometimes the enumerator may actually be related to your family.

Wild cards and samples were given to show us how to try to find the people we can't find using their full name. We went through Soundex and played with a few names and codes.

Special schedules, websites, links and pointers were given to us also regarding the Censuses. Keeping track of all research is important so you don't go in circles. Again, a very informative class, and I took 5 pages of notes!

Pop Question ~ Which Federal Census can you actually search for an occupation?

I came home wanting to get on the computer and play in the censuses, but lo and behold, my grandson was still at the house! He spent 8 hours here and I spent the rest of the time with him. It is always such quality time with my grandson. I love watching every move he makes and how much he changes every time I see him. I see him about every other day and have him for several hours on those days and feel very fortunate to be blessed with so much time with him. After quality time with him...........

I was off scanning! Knowing that I can't make Scanfest tomorrow I decided to have my own. Three hours later, I had enough. I made a good dent in my project, so that was a great feeling. I hope the special Scanfest tomorrow is a hugh success, I am sure it will be great fun! Wish I could be a part, but maybe next time.

As my day comes to an end I wanted to give you an update on my class. I didn't get the opportunity to play in the census records as I would have liked, but...as I remember from one of the greatest movies ever ..."Tomorrow is another day!"

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Getting To Know Me, Getting to Know All About Heritage Happens


Terry Thorton at Hill Country of Monroe County ~

http://hillcountryofmonroecountry.blogspot.com/

put out a challenge to bloggers a few weeks ago. There are so many new bloggers that he decided it would be great to do a post about each of our blogs to help introduce everyone. With so many bloggers and so little time it is difficult to get to know the new bloggers, follow and keep up! I totally agree!

I happen to be one of the newest bloggers, only started my blog a month ago. I have been following many wonderful blogs for about two years. I really enjoy the carnivals and memes and the Genea-Bloggers Games were fabulous! I decided I wanted to be in on the fun, and knew blogging would be a great way for me to organize and share my work.

Terry asked us to share three posts that we feel are the "Brightest", "Breeziest" and "Beautiful". Now, for me, I do not have many posts to choose from so I will do my best to choose something for each category that I hope will be fitting!

Brightest ~ Classes Here I Come! http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2008/09/classes-here-i-come.html My reason for choosing this is because the classes I am taking will make me "brighter" and smarter. I plan on continuing my education in regards to genealogy and Family History.

Breeziest ~ For this I chose "Dagny's Hat". http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/search/label/Dagny%20Dulin I had fun putting together a little poem in regards to Dagny and her hat for the 5th Edition of Smile for the Camera.

Beautiful ~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Lois Marie McGuire is my choice for this category.
http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2008/09/lois-marie-mcguire-wordless-wednesday.html This picture of her, http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2008/09/wordless-wednesday-lois-marie-mcguire.html I think is beautiful and the post itself shows my appreciation of having had a "written" relationship with her.

This blog will take you on a journey of my progression and stumbling blocks. I intend to have fun and learn. Blogging gives me the avenue and discipline to write the bits and pieces of my life and my predecessors. In my life and yours, Heritage did Happen!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri





Monday, September 22, 2008

My "Getting Serious Class"

Having now attended my second in this series of eight classes, I have more homework! Can you imagine that?

I am still trying to complete homework from the first class, the scavenger hunt in the library. The library has been a bit intimidating to me. I assumed all my answers would be in the "genealogy section", and I have learned there is so much more in the library to assist us in genealogy research. Learning what resource you need and what is available is tough work! Although it is taking me awhile to do this assignment, I am bound and determined to complete the task. Sometimes I feel I can go on the internet and find the answers, but I am tying my hands and won't allow myself to "cheat".

My second class was as rewarding as the first. Derivative evidence was a hot topic. I knew what derivative evidence was, but I didn't have a clue as to the vast amount of resources there are available to assist you in finding this evidence.

Thanks to homework I now have two additional scavenger hunts to work on. One in the Family History Library, again I have no experience here, and the other is an online scavenger hunt. I am thinking the online scavenger hunt will be much easier for me, although I found out there are many resources available on the web I haven't come close to exploring yet.

A couple of small goals I wanted to accomplish were to use the Library and Family History Center, so this class is just fantastic! I don't know how anyone can ever know all of the references that are available. It is truly overwhelming.

I have learned that it doesn't matter if I have 25,000 people in my family tree. If I only have 100 people and have done legitimate research and sourcing, I will have accomplished so much more. My work will be taken more seriously, and with proof documents and sourcing anyone can easily check my research.

As I have said before, when all I have done is drain people's brains, drive the laptop census crazy, scan til the scanner starts smoking, attempt to source and organize until it makes me talk to myself, I had no clue....................................there is so much more to family history and genealogy than I ever could have imagined. It isn't that I haven't accomplished anything until now, because I most definitely have. It is that now I am ready to move forward. The zest this class has given me compares to when I made my first genealogical discovery, the excitement, desire, anticipation and will has exploded all over again!

If there is an area you may want to explore or learn more about, check out the classes in your area (or online), you just may get another whole new burst of excitement and energy! And while I have all of this exuberance in me, I best get to some of that homework!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri






Monday, September 15, 2008

Classes, here I come!

I attended my first genealogy class last Saturday that I am taking at the local community college. I assumed this first class would cover the basics of this field and it wouldn't be difficult. There again what do they say about assuming? The lesson did cover all the essentials on beginning genealogy, and I found I have so much to learn!

This is why I am taking this class, I want to do everything genealogically correct. Discussion included organization, standards and guidelines, and how to research.

I have worked hard over the years to be organized, and have redone my files and methods a few times. I discovered Saturday that how I am currently organized will eventually burden me with tons of paper duplication.........ho hum.....here we go again!

The instructor actually gave me kudos though on my current organization method! I would not need to change my basic system. I was so thrilled thinking I didn't have to go through a whole reorganization process again! I am pretty proud of myself for being as organized as I am! (Saves me on some homework too!) My computer files are set up the same as my paper files, so again no need to change that either.

I have run across the issue of paper duplication so understood this could be a real problem. Luckily, the teacher made this an easy fix for me, as I can adapt how I file my records without changing my system. I can also adapt my records accordingly on my computer, simple enough.

When discussing the Genealogical Standards and Guidelines, I found many were basic common sense. We didn't cover all the standards and guidelines I am sure but what we did cover was a great beginning! This class is all about sound practices and research, just what I am looking for.

I am embarrassed to say, most of my research has consisted of using the Internet. Over the years I have been collecting information from family and newly discovered family members. I have also spent numerous hours scanning, transcribing and organizing along the way. I have taken several online courses but have mostly been a "learn as I go" type of person. I was ready for more structure; hence this class.

Tonight has already changed all of that. Part of our homework assignment consists of traveling to the library and finding answers to a variety of questions the instructor posted. Problem solving involving research in many different types of records. I knew this would be tough for me. I spent two hours exploring the library's holdings and tried to act as though I were experienced and knew what I was doing. There are just way to many books in that building!

In the end I was able to accomplish maybe half of my assignment, the toughest ones are still ahead. I am more than thrilled to learn how to use the library for my research, I KNOW in the future this will be such a benefit. The best part of my library experience was realizing several answers to these questions could have been found on the Internet, but I was learning to find the answers in the library! It is sad to think with our advanced computer age, we can get so behind in the real world. I can't wait until I feel accomplished enough to go into a library and REALLY know how to research. Practice, practice, practice!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri