Blogiversary~3 Years!

And I’m still here!  For the past 3 years, I’ve worked as hard as I have been able to to forward my genealogical education and experience.  I have to take the next step at some point…certification.  I knew I wanted to get my oldest son through graduation before going “on the clock,” and that has now happened.

It’s time.  I need to take that next step.  I must take that next step.

But, first…

I’ve decided to group my accomplishments and goals under my Four Cornerstones.

 <—To refresh your memory! *I need to change my name on that image…oops!

Time to review:

EDUCATION LOCAL HISTORY PROFESSIONALISM RESEARCH

Started this blog on 24 Jun 2014.

Became the county genealogist for Henry County through IGS in August 2015. Local History/Professionalism

Became the newest board member of the Henry County Historical Society & Museum in September 2015. Local History/Professionalism

General public meetings of ECIGA officially began in February 2016 (inclement weather canceled our very first meeting in January 2016). Education/Local History

Attended the IGS Conference in April 2015 and 2016.  Attended the Society Management Seminar in April 2015, 2016, and 2017. Education/Professionalism

Became NSDAR member in April 2015, Corresponding Secretary for my chapter 2016-17. Professionalism/Research

Elected Vice President of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (ICHAP), term begins 1 July 2016.  On 1 July 2018, I move to being the President. Professionalism/Education

Attended INDAR State Conference (May 2017).  Did it!

Begin genealogical courses through DAR. Completed GEP I, II, and III! Education/Research

What I Want To Accomplish (June 2017-2018)!

Practice writing proof summaries and proof arguments. Have been working on these!

Write article for IGS Quarterly. Working on it!

Complete yearbook for Sarah Winston Henry NSDAR Chapter, 2017. Working on it!

Attend District INDAR meeting (August 2017). Planning on it!

Plan two-part workshop for ladies interested in joining DAR. Happening this summer!

Complete New Horizons course through DAR.  Working through that this year.

Order syllabi and/or presentations from FGS 2016 and APG PMC 2016. Planning on it!

Applied for waiting list for an upcoming ProGen Study Group!

Go ON THE CLOCK! MUST DO!!! After ProGen!

Long-Term Goals

Add two more of my ancestors to SCWFI (John Ford and Lyman S. Ford). Still working on it!

Begin working on NSDAR supplemental for William Ballard (born 1715). Need to do!

Finish studies through NGS (got this in under the wire! Signed up for the NGS Guide to Documentation and Source Citation!). Still need to do final course!

Attend FGS Annual Conference in 2018!  ECIGA plans to join FGS October 2017!

Attend APG’s PMC (Sept 2016, 2017). Really wanted to go but the Bicentennial Torch Relay goes through Henry County the day after and I don’t think I can squeeze both in.  Want to go in 2017 but too expensive (Washington DC).  Wait for it to come back around to Fort Wayne!

Join PALAM (Oct 2017). Need to do!

Planning for Henry County Bicentennial in 2022!

Go “on the clock”??? See above!

Apply for First Families of Ohio (James A. Fowler and his wife Elizabeth Devore). Need to do!

Compose my Project Pioneer project for young-at-heart folks in the senior living community to help them get their family trees online at FamilySearch.org. Working on it!

Here’s to another great year!

Busy Weeks Ahead!

I finally had an inspiration!  I need to write an article for a genealogical journal in Indiana, but I was having trouble deciding what to write about (since I want to put together a portfolio for BCG I can’t write something and then use it for the portfolio).  So, I thought about my family and finally decided on my great-grandmother’s roots.  She was one of 9 daughters, no sons.  Her father and grandfather moved back and forth across the Midwest, from New Jersey to Ohio to Iowa, back to Ohio, into Indiana, back to Iowa, and finally back to Indiana!  I’m compiling data right now to put this together.

Yes…busy weeks…my son is graduating and has 6 full days of school left and then a plethora of senior activities to keep us hopping until June 4.  Not to mention an ECIGA meeting this week, DAR Youth Citizenship Presentations coming up plus the state conference, historical society board meeting and manning the table during our Memorial Day Festival, and meeting with my friends at the assisted-living center to help them with their family history research. Whew! I will be so ready for a breather come June!

What I Learned from Colletta’s Lectures (presentation)

This is a PowerPoint I put together for a recent presentation.  I had spent a day listening to John Philip Colletta, PhD, talk about brick walls, passenger lists, and naturalization records.  I applied his techniques to my research and put it into a PowerPoint for ECIGA. Hope you enjoy!

 

ACPL and ACGSI Upcoming Event

Have you heard of John Philip Colletta? If not, then you’re about to!  I believe I first heard Colletta speak at the NGS Family History Conference in 2014 in Richmond, VA.  Excellent speaker, very engaging, just an overall good storyteller and you come away having learned something.

How excited was I, then, to receive an email today about this??

I am very grateful to the Allen County Public Library and Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc. (ACGSI), for hosting Mr. Colletta for an all-day learning experience!  Not to mention, this is a very affordable one-day seminar, ranging from $10 as a member of ACGSI for the morning session to $45 as an ACGSI member for morning and afternoon sessions plus the evening banquet.

This is one not to miss! Make plans to get to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in June!

One-Year Blogiversary

Time flies!

It’s nice to have basically an electronic journal of what I’ve done or attempted to do for the last year.  There were a couple slow months, I know.  I’ll take this time to list my achievements and goals for the next year.

What I Have Done (June 2014-June 2015)

Started this blog on 24 Jun 2014.

Approved for Society of Civil War Families of Indiana (SCWFI) (Civil War ancestor: Paul Mayer).

Approved for NSDAR (Patriot: Thomas Pearson).

Attended the OGS Conference.

Attended the IGS Conference.

Finished my indexing project.

Had a family reunion.

Began researching for a portion of my BCG portfolio.

What I Want to Do (June 2015- )

Start a local genealogy society (officially by 1 Jan 2016).

Volunteer more hours at local historical society.

Swearing-in ceremony for Sarah Winston Henry Chapter of INDAR (Sept 2015).

Create the yearbook for Sarah Winston Henry Chapter of INDAR (Sept 2015).

Attend regional INDAR meeting (Aug 2015).

Add two more of my ancestors to SCWFI (John Ford and Lyman S. Ford).

Begin working on NSDAR supplemental for William Ballard (born 1715).

Finish studies through NGS (got this in under the wire! Signed up for the NGS Guide to Documentation and Source Citation!).

Attend OGS Conference (Apr 2016).

Attend IGS Conference (Apr 2016).

Attend Midwestern Roots 2016 (July 2016).

Attend FGS Conference (Aug/Sept 2016).

Attend APG’s PMC (Sept 2016).

Join PALAM (Oct 2015).

Become an aunt again!! (July or August 2015)

Put together another family reunion (Oct 2016).

Go “on the clock”???

Apply for First Families of Ohio (James A. Fowler and his wife Elizabeth Devore).

Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference

The IGS Annual Conference was hosted by the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society and held at University Hall on the Indiana State University Campus in Terre Haute, Indiana, on 25 April 2015, featuring Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, for four lectures. Four other lectures were offered, two about Terre Haute/Vigo County and two about DNA.

I decided to sit in on the Terre Haute/Vigo County sessions and then the final two Judy Russell speeches. Mr. Mike McCormick spoke first about the history of the settlement of Terre Haute. His speech was very informative and enlightening as to the history of the town. I was particularly interested in early business, i.e. breweries, and the Wabash-Erie Canal. Mr. McCormick is the county genealogist for Vigo County for IGS, and most of his speech was from memory!

Next up was a session about the website Wabash Valley Visions and Voices (WV3), which is a digital memory project. Donna Adams and Vikki Sordean are members of two of the charter partners, and they spoke about getting this project off the ground. The project includes partners, different regional repositories, who agree to share their digital collection online in this consortium form.  There are thousands of pictures, documents, and oral histories included on the site, searchable by subject, county, name. Much work goes on behind the scenes, including scanning fragile items, labeling them and tagging them to be found online. What a wonderful effort. I applaud them for their hard work and diligence.

image Donna Adams showing a steamboat picture (the Diana, a Wabash River steamboat) from WV3.

The annual meeting of IGS was held after lunch with general updates and an award ceremony. It was nice to hear firsthand what the Society is doing, where it is headed, and learning of achievements from all around the state. I was part of the 2014 inductions into the Society of Civil War Families of Indiana, having my ancestor Paul Mayer proven. I hope to have my father and son Civil War ancestors added to the list next year.

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The certificate is beautiful in person.

The final two sessions I attended were both presented by Judy Russell…you can’t go wrong listening to her speak! Her speech, titled “Staying Out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists,” I have actually heard before; it never hurts to hear this one again though!  Many things to consider when looking for records and when using records (I’m looking at you copyright!).  The final lecture was about the black sheep in the family, “Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep.”  I hadn’t really given it much thought, other than, say, criminals being black sheep, but Ms. Russell outlined three groups of black sheep characters: Law Breakers, Philanderers, and Deadbeats.  The black sheep of the family usually provide colorful records of the past, and, while those related to the black sheep at the time have to live through their blunders, the descendants of said black sheep can revel in the record-finding!

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All in all, I had a great couple days in Terre Haute, lots to learn and meeting new people. I am very much looking forward to the Annual Conference to be held 15-16 April 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

2016 Plans

I checked my 2016 calendar and it is definitely shaping up to be a banner year!

In April, there is the IGS Conference and Society Management Seminar and the OGS Annual Conference.  In July, Midwestern Roots here in Indiana.  In August, the FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois.  In September, the APG Professional Management Conference.  This is not counting any DAR functions or special seminars, such as IHS genealogy sessions or the Indiana chapter of PALAM, which I hope to join to strengthen my German knowledge.  I need to start saving!

Something else I’ve been toying with is seeing what kind of interest there is in my neck of woods to have a local genealogy society.  We have a historical society/museum but not anything dedicated to specifically genealogy/family history. Just something I’ve been thinking about.  Not sure about the interest in this area.  At the Society Management Seminar this weekend, the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society stated that they advertised an informational meeting, expecting 5-6 people to show up…they had 60 turn out! WOW! If I do anything like that–and that’s a giant IF–it might be the first of August.  We’ll see!