I’ve been doing research on the surname “Shultz.” I thought I had seen all possible versions of its spelling.
Found “Shoulch” on a census.
Today, I got this:
Wow. Just…wow. I also tested my Mom and Dad. No surprises with Mom. Dad’s showed up 3% Scandinavian. DNA testing is very fascinating. I wonder if I’ll ever find my Italian ancestor.
In MuzeNews, I am the proud grant-writer of my second successful grant! I also just had a lovely 132nd Annual Meeting of our historical society. You read that right…132 years. We are the oldest continually operating historical society in Indiana. Our Museum doors have been open 117 years. Needless to say, I am a very proud executive director!
In mid May I’ll be attending my DAR State Conference, and, in late June, I’ll be attending a genealogical research institute in an area of the U.S. where I will have the opportunity to do family research. I finished my research report for my ProGen39 course, and I’ve begun another one for some pro bono research I’m doing.
My apologies Interwebz….it’s been nearly 3 months since I’ve posted.
I’ve about finished a major research report for ProGen39, the 132nd annual meeting at the historical society is in a week, my first year as chapter regent of my DAR chapter is coming to a close, and it’s been 10 years since Glee premiered so I started at the beginning of the series. One ep after another…no commercials…just wonderful singing and teenage angst. It’s so weird watching it now where they just barely mention Facebook and Instagram is not even a thing.
***Shout-out to my special Glee friend (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE remember CO!!!)…been thinking of you…hope you’re doing okay!***
At this point, my life is so very full of joy at nearly every turn. My sons are growing into nice young gentlemen, my job literally could not be any better than what it is, and I get to do what I love every. single. day.
Speaking of Instagram, I’m trying it for the historical society…we’re henrycountymuseumin. Please try to contain your laughter.
Other than that, I’m anxious to check out the upcoming 2019-20 Erin Condren LifePlanners…the theme is “kaleidoscope.” I never really thought about it, but I like the word kaleidoscope and what it means, especially related to the intricacies of family history. Family history, or genealogy, is not static and it’s not just documents and photos…it’s fluid, it ebbs and wanes over time, it’s ever-changing.
Henry County Genealogy Alliance is brand new. My personally founded genealogy group, East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance (ECIGA), disbanded in December 2018. From those ashes, HCGA was born. HCGA exists under the umbrella of the historical society. I’m not sure Henry County has ever had a formal genealogical society, to be quite honest.
HCGA will have one live webinar this year AND a one-day seminar.
Question for my genealogy-focused followers: What topic would you like to join for a live webinar where you could ask questions of the presenter? What kind of speakers would you be interested in seeing at a one-day seminar?
Not me! I enjoy the holidays as much as anyone else. This year, I spent a great amount of time out and about in the community, sharing information about the Museum, DAR, and old-timey Christmas. I handed out over 250 candy canes with free passes to the Museum attached. I helped stuff around 300 stockings for active military personnel serving overseas. I feel honored to be in the position I’m in. I’m already planning for next year.
My favorite Christmas song is “We Need a Little Christmas.” But, I listen to it after the holidays…when all the adrenaline is spent and I need a pick-me-up. Such a great sing-along song!
Before I forget or get swept up in family get-togethers, I wanted to wish any and all readers the happiest of holidays and the brightest of New Years!
And, boy, have I had fun! I can’t believe it has been more than 2 months since my last post. I’ve been meaning to sit down to write a post but I’ve been writing other things…
I have now written a total of three grants…one accepted, one declined, and one just submitted. My fourth one is due by the end of the year. Another one will be due in February 2019.
Speaking of 2019, that is really all that I’m thinking about right now. My holiday engagements are in the books, and I’m beginning to calm down. So, what has been happening in my world?
MUSEUM: We set up at our community Christmas Walk, participated in the Candlelight Tour, conducted our own Open House, along with a few other functions. For about 10 days, I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going! In the midst of all this, I had a hard drive crash and learned how to get Windows 10 up and running again.
DAR: Had our Christmas meeting and helped stuff stockings for active-duty military personnel.
I also created an evidence analysis and business/marketing plan in my ProGen39 course. Right now, I’m updating my resume to turn in as an optional assignment. Never hurts to keep that document updated!
I am in the process of assisting TEN ladies hoping to join the DAR! I have learned so much about different families, as well as different regions of our country. It is humbling to be a part of this special process.
I updated our Museum volunteer handbook and created a groups meeting policy. I’m in the process of creating a disaster preparedness plan, as well. As we near 2019, I’m preparing our Board for StEPs, an AASLH program that very much needs to be instituted for our organization.
I have written so many letters I’ve lost count. And that brings me to my main point of this post…intentionality. Everything I do for the Museum and DAR is with a purpose; it’s intentional. I realize that many other people do a number of things that might go unnoticed, things that help the Museum in ways untold, things that help veterans and children and women in a variety of ways. I witness these activities on a near daily basis. My goal, since taking over as Museum executive director and as my DAR chapter’s regent, is to recognize these individuals personally. I sit down and write a letter, or thank-you note, or special message. Sometimes these are typewritten in the interest of time, but they are always, unfailingly, signed in my own hand. I have templates for common letters, but I always add my own words in some fashion. That is the least I can do for someone who has done so much.
Watch here in 2019 for more about the not-yet-lost-art of letter writing!
I have successfully written my first grant! (With two more in the wings!) I’m so excited about this and the assistance the Museum is receiving with these funds…we will be able to purchase the needed software to create a virtual exhibit *and* electronically catalog our entire collection! We are very thankful to the Henry County Community Foundation for their time and consideration in reviewing our grant paperwork and supporting our project. The value added to the Museum with this grant is truly priceless!
I’m also busy with my DAR Chapter Regent duties…preparing for our second meeting. I held a Constitution Day event and volunteered at The Wall That Heals program in a nearby town in our county. What an honor!
Also just had my second meeting with my ProGen39 ladies…we’re down to 6 from 8…will surely miss the two who are unable to join us as they had so much knowledge to bring to the table. I’m working on my Evidence Analysis assignment right now. I chose someone not known to me and not related; her headstone at the cemetery is right next to my grandparents and great-grandparents and I’ve just always wondered who she is. Let me tell you, learning her story has been a challenge! That’s great though; she’s helping me become a better genealogist!
I’ll close with a painting (artist Charles Kennard) of an old toll gate and covered bridge in a town called Knightstown, neither of which are still standing. This was related to some research I was doing about covered bridges in our county, none extant. My guess is covered bridges were just commonplace before iron truss bridges came into being, and no one really thought to take photos of them…at least in Henry County. We have this painting and two photos of one bridge located just west of Dublin, IN (said to be the first covered bridge on the National Road in Indiana). That’s it! I patiently await the day when someone finds a cache of photos that their ancestor, who loved covered bridges, took, and they then graciously donate them to us…patiently awaiting that day!