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    Saturday
    May292010

    Surname Saturday - Kinsels Were Considerate Folk

    Today is the 42nd Anniversary of my grandmother's death. Arline Allen Kinsel and my grandfather Frank Ammi Brown were both kind and considerate, if somewhat unconventional, grandparents. Frank was Arline's fourth husband and fifth marriage (she married one man twice).

    Born October 2, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri, Arline was one of those unregistered births that twists genealogists into knots. No family Bible records names and events, no civil records include her name. But buried deep in a box at the bottom of a trunk of papers, I found a printed card completed by a conscientious clergyman after baptising 10-year old Arline on Easter, 1901. It records her birthdate, birthplace, and parents names. Thank you Reverend Mann.

    Arline may not have appeared in the civil birth registers, but she was no stranger to the newspapers. Clippings and full page tear sheets record the events of her life. Her marriages, divorces, court appearances, battles for child custody, and testimony during the investigation of her sister's disappearance all tell a story filled with more drama than Penny Dreadful could ever invent.

    The scandals disappeared as Arline grew older, married Frank, and raised a second more conventional family in Southern California. She became a respectable woman, wore a hat and gloves to church every Sunday, and didn't trouble anyone as she grew older and more feeble.

    When she finally died at the age of 77, the cause of death was a ruptured appendix; she couldn't or didn't want to trouble anyone. She died the day before Memorial Day 1968. My grandfather, Frank, had died a few years earlier on Christmas Eve. It is always easy to remember when they left us, courtesly leaving the holiday itself free for it's intended memories, and the day before to remember each of them.

    Friday
    May282010

    Get Ready for SCGS Jamboree with June Blogger's Almanac

    If you are a blogger planning to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank June 11-13, you might want to think about getting your blog ready for the conference too. Poor little blogs can feel abandoned when their owners are off schmoozing with other bloggers, soaking up lectures, and doing the genealogy happy dance.

    The June Edition of the Blogger's Almanac is now available and full of seasonal topics for blogging about the June favorites: grads, dads, and brides. By using the scheduling feature of your blog platform you can keep your blog fresh and active while you are off in the RW (Real World).

    Begin the month with ideas for extending Memorial Day articles honoring your military ancestors. Then turn to ideas to celebrate graduates, brides, dads, and summertime.

    A sample from the June Blogger's Almanac

    Do you have any teachers on your family tree? What did they have to do to qualify for the job?

    Name an honorary Dad. Who would you pick to add to your family tree and why?

    And here's one in honor of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Who was your earliest ancestor to receive an academic diploma? (This might take a little digging.)

    The Blogger's Almanac is available as a FREE download. I hope you are enjoy the ideas, and invite to you to leave a link to your Almanac-Inspired post in the comments.

    Thursday
    May272010

    Treasure Chest Thursday – How One Little Clue Led to the Church

     Lately I’ve been reviewing record images for my great-grandparents, Minnie Chamblin and Eliphaz Kinsel, and decided to focus on their marriage record from the "Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002." My second look pulled out even more than the initial date and place of their wedding, but an afternoon of web-trawling has added yet another layer of colorful paint to the picture.

    The record itself is two parts: a marriage license and the marriage return. The License, dated 21 December 1889 shows that Eliphaz B. Kinsel of Jackson County, Missouri, over the age of 21, and Minnie L. Chamblin, also of Jackson County, Missouri, and over the age of 18 are duly authorized to be married.

    The lower section of the record shows that on four days later, on 25 December 1889, the couple was united in marriage by, Minister of the Gospel, B. P. Fullerton, 2210 Troost Avenue, City. Three days later, on 28 December 1889, the marriage was recorded by the County recorder.

    Now the real fun begins. I already knew the names and ages of the couple, but I was unsure as to their residence. I can add this information to my data.

    I am also curious about the pastor who performed the marriage. First, I look for a church at the address on Troost Avenue through GoogleMaps. It looks to be a highway. Historical Maps accessed via GoogleEarth do not show any data. I then searched the Missouri Archives for atlases and Sanborn fire maps of the area. I can find Troost Ave, and the approximate address at 22nd and Troost, but no church.

    I decide to look for the minister and search “B.P. Fullerton” at Ancestry.com. Not only do I find several Fullertons in Missouri, I also find a Baxter P. Fullerton. This sounds promising. The closest census would be the 1890 census, which is unavailable, so I do a direct search of the 1890 census substitutes. This is a great resource I have not fully utilitzed before. It returns three relevant hits from Kansas City, Missouri City Directories 1889-91. Two cite Rev. Fullerton at his place of buisness

    Rev. B.P. Fullerton, Oak northwest corner 13th, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, MO, Pastor

    and one cites his full name and residence

    Rev. Baxter P. Fullerton

    r 2210 Troost

    First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

    pastor

    I now know that Minnie and Eliphaz were married at the pastor’s home on Christmas Day. I wonder if he performs many marriages there and briefly browse the marriage record images on Ancestry for the days and weeks before and after December 25th. I only find one other marriage performed at the Troost address, on 27 December 2010.

    Next, I return to the church itself. A Google search returns many hits. I learn that this particular denomination grew out of the Second Great Awakening of the early 1800s.  I even locate the Cumberland Presbyterian website where a page on the Birthplace Shrine explains the history of the church.

    Founded in Tennessee, churches in the Midwest “frontier” were established first as missions, and later as full independent churches.

    Another search on GoogleBooks, yields several church histories where I learn that the Kansas City church was organized 21st March 1868 as a “missionary congregation.” In 1881, the congregation occupied “a small frame building gothic in style being 26x40 feet … built in the fall of 1869 at a cost of about $2 ooo”  (The history of Kansas City, by William H. Miller (1881). In 1878, “the Presbytery called Rev BP Fullerton as the missionary who is yet the pastor.” Church membership in 1881 was reported as forty three. Miller adds,

    The old property has been sold and a more suitable lot chosen on which a more commodious and attractive building will soon be erected when it is the purpose of the friends of the enterprise to make the work self sustaining.

    I learn about the “new” church building from another book accessed through GoogleBooks, Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri, by Howard Louis Conrad (1901).

    The congregation built a gothic frame church in 1869 costing $2,000 and in 1884 they built a brick edifice at Thirteenth and Oak Streets costing $14,000. Rev EN Allen is the present pastor and the church is prospering under his care.

    I now have a little timeline for the church and the pastor:

    1868 – First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, organized

    1869 – small gothic style building constructed at cost of $2000

    1878 – Rev. Baxter P. Fullerton arrives

    1881 – church membership 43, old property sold

    1884 – brick building constructed at 13th and Oak Streets costing $14,000 to build

    1901 – Rev. E.N. Allen is pastor, church prospering

    I am curious what happened to Rev. Fullerton, and discover that he was in Kansas City until 1891, when he relocated to the Lucas Avenue Church in St. Louis. His name comes up in many different positions, and he eventually returns to Kansas City as Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly of 1908.

    Leonard, John William and Albert Nelson, eds. Who's Who in America, vol 6. 1910. Digital images. Google Books. http://www.googlebooks.com: accessed 26 May 2010. page 700

    My next step is to try to locate photographs of the church at 13th and Oak and perhaps even find a photo of the residences on Troost Avenue. I would also like to locate records of this congregation. Maybe my grandmother was baptized at this church. I have been unable to locate a civil birth record; but if the church records still exist, they could provide the missing information.

    I think I made considerable progress today, and it was all online.

    Sources Used for this Search

    Ancestry.com, 1890 Census Substitutes

    Ancestry.com, Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002

    GoogleBooks

    Missouri Digital Heritage

    The Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections

     

    Thursday
    May272010

    Free Research Weekend to Honor Those Who Served

    World Vital Records has announced free access to their U.S. Military Service Collection May 27, 2010 through June 1, 2010 in honor of Memorial Day. This is a terrific offer and one I plan to take advantage of this weekend. "Honoring Those Who Served" is also the weekly theme posted on the Blogger's Almanac for the week beginning May 30.

    Military databases at World Vital Records include records from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. To access the collection, go directly to www.worldvitalrecords.com > Search > Military Records, or use this link. Those records with free Memorial Day Weekend access are noted.

    I am presently researching my "three Sams," same name, different wars. It's a bit tough keeping track of who's who, and I welcome the opportunity to move forward in unscrambling their past. Thanks, World Vital Records.

    Tuesday
    May252010

    Countdown to the Mother-Daughter Event of the Season, SCGS Jamboree 2010

    Mom and I won't be wearing our matching party dresses (or, will we?) but we are getting pretty excited for the 2010 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree to be held in Burbank June 11-13. I know we aren't the only mother-daughter team who will be attending, but how many mother-daughter bloggers will be there?

    This will be our third year attending Jamboree together, and by now we have our routine pretty well figured out. Mom arrives from Arizona with plenty of time to recover from airport fatigue, and enough energy to help assemble the Blogger Welcome Bags.

    Mom used to be the unofficial neighborhood "Welcome Wagon Lady" and is a great partner for any kind of hospitality project.  This year, GeneaBloggers is sponsoring the Blogger Welcome Bags, and they will be filled to the brim with product samples and other goodies. Vendors have generously responded to our invitation to participate in the project, sending all kinds of terrific genealogy items. We've been plotting with Thomas MacEntee (GeneaBloggers), Joan Miller (Luxegen), and Amy Coffin (WeTree) to put together a real Southern California Welcome for bloggers attending the event.

    I can't say too much yet, but one gift will be a generous half-off coupon from Generation Maps for any chart printed through their new FamilyChArtist program. Bloggers will want to come prepared to take advantage of this offer by designing and saving a chart ahead of time at the FamilyChArtist website, and have it ready to print at Jamboree.

    In addition, the Blogger Bags will feature a mini-directory of bloggers attending the event so you can update social networking addresses and stay in touch during the conference. If you are a member of GeneaBloggers and plan to attend the 2010 Jamboree, and have not already done so, please take time to

    • Submit your information for the mini-directory of all GeneaBloggers members in attendance.  It will list names, email addresses, cell phone numbers, Twitter IDs etc.  This will make it easy to locate each other and to schedule meals, coffee breaks etc.  Email tmacentee@gmail.com with this info if you haven’t done so already.
    • Check the GeneaBloggers Blog for any late-breaking news or announcements.

    Look for Mom and me at the Jamboree and be sure to stop us and say "Hi." We have a little something for all readers of The Family Curator, and we look forward to meeting you. (P.S. That's us in the striped dresses with my little sister in the front.)

     

    Friday
    May212010

    Historic Hamlets of Stanford, Dutchess County, NY

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Dutchess County in New York’s Hudson River Valley was the opportunity to meet with members of the Stanford Historical Society (SHS) and learn about their ongoing historic home inventory project.

    Spearheaded by local resident, Charlie Shaw, and SHS President Kathy Spiers, the inventory aims to document the early homes and businesses in the Historic Hamlet of Bangall. Charlie was preparing a presentation for the Society and gave me a brief preview of the project.

    Bangall is a gem located in the heart of the greater Town of Stanford. It is almost hard to believe that today’s quiet little crossroads community once boasted a busy railroad station, four mills, and numerous businesses, including two hotels. The area’s earliest church was founded in Bangall in 1755; today it is a private residence. Several cemeteries dot the roadsides, in varying stages of upkeep. The site of the old train depot is now a popular farm-to-table restaurant, market, and café. Residents continue to pick up their mail from the Bangall Post Office, as they have since 1851.

    The Post Office building was gifted to the Stanford Historical Society in 1973 and is now a fully-operational United States Post Office run by Postmaster and SHS member Louise Woodcock, and home to the society’s collection of local history materials.

    I was fortunate to meet with SHS President Kathy Spiers, her husband Jeff Spiers, member Louise Woodcock, and Charlie Shaw to hear more about their future plans for the Society and the Historical Resource Inventory.

    Meeting with members of the Stanford Historical Society and local Bangall residents. (from left) Jeff Spiers, Bangall Postmaster Louise Woodcock, SHS President KathySpiers, Charlie Shaw.

    The inventory project was initiated nearly twenty five years ago, in 1984, and has been recently revived and revitalized by SHS volunteers. Members are busily collecting data on various residential and commercial buildings throughout Bangall, noting structure features, age, and construction details, and documenting entries with photographs. In some cases, they have been able to add notes about current and previous owners as far back the mid 1800s.

    Communities such as Bangall are always in a precarious position. By definition, a hamlet is an unincorporated community and subject to the administration and rulings of the larger town. Shaw explained to me that at one time the Town of Stanford included seven historic hamlets; today, many of these little neighborhoods are scarcely more than a crossroads. The Historic Hamlet of Bangall stands apart as a vital, active community, and hopefully will remain a landmark site on the map for many years yet to come.

    Thursday
    May202010

    50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks

    OnlineUniversities has released its list of the 50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks, and The Family Curator is named in the News category. It's an honor to be recognized with many of my favorite bloggers and to know that we are all working together to encourage online connections between family historians.

    OnlineUniversities list includes the following categories: General, Specific Research Projects, Libraries and Resources, and News. As a provider of news content and infomational features, The Family Curator was named in the News division.

    I am pleased to see some new names in the list, along with old favorites, particularly in the General and Research Projects categories, and the list has helped me find several new blogs to add to my reader. Thank you Online Universities for the shout-out!

    Friday
    May142010

    Ancestry.com Scans Old Newspapers, Freedom from the Flatbed

    This winter I had an opportunity to take advantage of the Ancestry.com “Scanning Roadshow” and was impressed with the quality and professionalism of the operation. I was warehousing a large archival box of full-size newspapers and pages, and looking for a way to digitize the documents. One of my favorites is the first edition of The Kansas City Evening Star, September 18, 1891, published just before my grandmother celebrated her first birthday.

    The Kansas City Evening Star, September 18, 1891, original issue
    found with the papers of Arline Allen Kinsel. Digitized by Ancestry.com at
    the St. George Family History Expo February 26, 2010.

    Scan Digital, in El Segundo, California does a good job with oversize photographs, but their scanners are not really set up to handle full-size newspaper sheets; they told me they would have to do images in segments, just like I would at home on my flatbed scanner. I wondered how Ancestry.com would handle my project.

    When Family History Expo announced that Ancestry would be scanning at St. George, I emailed for a reservation; at the Expo I went to the Ancestry scanning area to sign up for a specific appointment. Two options were available: leave the items and return for pick-up, or stay and watch. Of course, I elected to pick a time when I could observe the process and ask nosy questions.

    My huge box was a bit awkward, but protected the papers inside. Each sheet or issue was interleaved with acid-free, buffered paper from my local art store. I discovered the sheets were a bargain compared with buying archival matboard or heavier material. The paper also served as a sling to help move the fragile sheets from box to scanning platform.

    Newspapers interleaved with acid-free buffered
    paper to act as a sling for moving papers.

    The Ancestry scanning station was well equipped with flatbed scanners, sheetfed scanners, and two large copystands. These models were necessary for large or multidimensional objects. My newspapers filled the copy table completely, but with a bit of patience and care, everything was beautifully copied.

    Tyler Harman, Ancestry Remote Production Manager for North America, explained the process and equipment to me. The stand uses a 21.6 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds MarkIII camera (hope I got that right!) mounted on a vertical bar which allows the camera to be moved in relation to the item. The item is placed flat on a solid surface and illuminated evenly from two sides by stationary lights. The camera is tethered to a laptop which handles the scanning operation.

    Ancestry.com copystand

    As I readied my newspapers for scanning, or copying, I could see that this is an excellent method for digitizing old and fragile documents. Less handling is involved and contact with scanner glass and lid minimized damage. The process is much quicker, only delayed by the amount of time to slide the paper up, down, or to the side. The high megapixel resolution also results in an ultra-sharp image that is easy to work with.

    Due to the large size of each news sheet, some pages were copied in two or more parts, still better than six or more shots. Tyler explained that Ancestry also uses larger scan tables with a taller vertical camera mount which allows for a full-size image to be made.

    My session actually expanded because so few attendees were taking advantage of the special event. Lucky me!

    When we were finished, I was given my images on an Ancestry.com USB drive, ready to transcribe, upload, and share. I know that some of these papers may be unique, and I look forward to sharing them with other researchers.

    Ancestry.com will be bringing their Scanning Roadshow to Burbank for the SCGS Jamboree. If you have documents, photos, or items you would like professionally scanned, this is a generous offer not to be missed. Be sure to register early in order to reserve a session.

    

    Thursday
    May132010

    Family Curator Named to My Heritage Top 100

    Thank you MyHeritage.com for including The Family Curator as one of your Top 100 Genealogy Sites for 2010. It is an honor to be named with so many of my blogging colleagues.

    Of course, like many others, The Family Curator was inspired, coached, and supported by those "cornerstone blogs" that are TOP in any list of genealogy blogs such as DearMyrtle, footnoteMaven, Genea-Musings, Shades of the Departed, The Educated Genealogist, The Genealogue, We Tree, What's Past is Prologue (to name but a few).

    In turn, I hope that The Family Curator inspires, coaches, and supports your family history efforts.

    MyHeritage.com Top 100 Genealogy Sites

    Above the Trees

    AnceStories

    Ancestors Live Here

    Anglo-Celtic Connections

    Apple’s Tree

    Arlene Eakle’s Genealogy Blog

    Bayside Blog

    Before my Time

    Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog

    Brenda Dougall Merriman

    British Genealogy

    Census Finder

    Census Tools

    Circlemending

    Creative Gene

    Crowe’s Nest

    Cruwys News

    Destination: Austin Family

    Documenting the Details

    Donna’s Genealogy Blog

    Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

    Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

    FamHist

    Family, Friends and Neighbors

    Family Oral History Using Digital Tools

    Family Research

    Find My Ancestors

    Find Your Folks

    Geneageek

    Free Genealogy Tools

    From Wilno to Worcester

    Gena’s Genealogy

    GenDisasters

    GeneaBlogie

    Genealogy Blog

    Genealogy Canada

    Genealogy Gems

    Genealogy Guide

    Genealogy Lines

    Genealogy in New South Wales

    Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me

    Genealogy Reviews Online

    Genealogy Star

    Genealogy Tip of the Day

    GeniAus

    GeniTales

    Genwriters

    Greta’s Genealogy Blog

    Gus’s Genealogy Blog

    Henthorn Genealogy News

    Jessica’s Genejournal

    JLog

    Kick-Ass Genealogy

    Kinexxions

    Lessons from my Ancestors

    Life from the Roots

    Little Bytes of Life

    Mad About Genealogy

    Midwestern Microhistory

    Moultrie Creek

    New England Genealogy

    Nutfield Genealogy

    Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

    Orkneyjar

    Patten Project

    Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica

    Practical Archivist

    Renee’s Genealogy Blog

    Roots ‘n’ Leaves

    Scotgen

    Scottish Genealogy News and Events

    SephardicGen Resources

    Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

    Shoestring Genealogy

    Small-Leaved Shamrock

    Smoky Mountain Family Historian

    Special Collections and Family History

    Staats Place

    Steve’s Genealogy Blog

    St. Vincent Memories

    Taneya’s Genealogy Blog

    The Accidental Genealogist

    The Armchair Genealogist

    The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

    The Chart Chick

    The Cobbold Family History Trust

    The Family Curator

    The Genetic Genealogist

    ThePeerage

    The Slovak Yankee

    The St. Leon Family

    ThinkGenealogy

    TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History

    TransylvanianDutch

    Twigs of Yore

    Upstate New York Genealogy Blog

    Wandering Genealogist

    Walking the Berkshires

    West in New England

    Zalewski Family Genealogy

    Monday
    May102010

    April Showers Bring the May Blogger's Almanac, Free Download

    It was rain and travel, not flooding, that delayed publication of the May Blogger's Almanac until today. Thank you, Almanac fans, for your patience.

    This May 2010 Edition of the Genealogy and Family History Blogger's Almanac is now available for free download, featuring weekly themes on

    Going Postal with Postcards

    Honoring Mothers & Special Women

    Spring Is Here to Stay!

    Celebrate Outdoor Cooking with National Barbeque Month

    Honoring Those Who Served for Memorial Day

    Last month, bloggers used ideas on the civil war, baseball, and gardening to spark ideas for their own blog posts and photo features. Here are a few highlights from bloggers who returned to leave a link to their posts

    Jenna, Desperately Seeking Surnames, posted glorious photos of her garden peonies and other Alamanc-inspired stories on family baseball memories.

    Jo Arnspirger, Those Who Went Before, wrote about a civil war ancestor whose military service poses a curious puzzle, and also shared family baseball story.

    Sandra, Family Reflections: The Blog, shared her immigrant ancestor's civil war record in a carefully-sourced article featuring photographs and documents.

    Mary, Me and My Ancestors, remembered her dad gardening in New York and Florida, and favorite ballpark hotdogs.

    You can download the May 2010 Blogger's Almanac here. If you like the ideas featured in The Blogger's Almanac and use them at your blog, please leave a link at The Family Curator. Enjoy.

     

    Wednesday
    May052010

    Get Away for Research at NEHGS

    My favorite New England library, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has just announced dates for the Summer 2010 Come Home to New England research sessions, June 14-19 and August 9-15. I attended the Spring Research Getaway in 2009 and consider it a "must-do" for New England researchers.

    My three-part review of the week is included in the NEHGS announcement (along with a nice photo of me with staff expert Gary Boyd Roberts).

    If you have been thinking about making a date for some serious research, sign up for this program soon. The small number of available spots mean that it will fill up quickly.

    Read more on NEHGS research programs, the Family Curator Visits NEHGS Spring Research Getaway 2009:

    Part 1: Preparing to Research

    Part 2: Consulting the Experts

    Part 3: Researching at NEHGS

     

    Monday
    May032010

    and the Winners Are. . .

    Jenna, Desperately Seeking Surnames, and Jo Arnspiger, Those Who Went Before, have each won a copy of RootsMagic4 genealogy software program in The Family Curator's Blogger's Alamanac Contest.

    Jenna and Jo were selected in a completely random drawing held this afternoon. All entries were printed out on slips of paper and tossed into an "authentic" straw Shaker hat. Mr. Curator closed his eyes and picked the two lucky winners.

    Coincidentally, both winners entered posts on the Blogger's Almanac baseball theme. Jenna wrote Plaaaaaaaaaay Ball in honor of her son's high school baseball career, and Jo wrote My Mother, Baseball, and My Grandfather recalling her mother's love of the sport.

    I have never been much of a sports fan myself but baseball seems to be something I can understand, and I loved reading their articles about families and the All-American pastime. If you missed them last month, do take a minute to visit their blogs and read their heartwarming stories.

    Thank you, everyone, for downloading the Blogger's Almanac, for sending me your kind and encouraging comments, and for participating in the Contest. I hope you find the Almanac's blogging ideas helpful in sparking your family history writing, and I would love to hear more about the kinds of themes you like most.

    The May Issue of the Blogger's Almanac is "in the works" and should be available as soon as I unpack from the National Genealogical Society conference. Stay tuned for the latest edition.

    Friday
    Apr302010

    Last Call for Entries to the Blogger's Almanac Contest

    Today is the final day to enter the Blogger's Almanac contest to win a free copy of RootsMagic4. Share your Almanac-inspired stories and enter The Family Curator's contest to win a FREE copy of RootsMagic4 genealogy software.

    More details and guidelines at the Contest Page. Enter early and often; contest ends tonight at midnight; wiinners will be announced Monday, May 3, 2010.

    Thursday
    Apr292010

    Snow Day at NGS 2010 Salt Lake City

    It's not a bad kind of snow day when you can spend the day inside a beautiful convention center attending top-notch genealogy lectures and checking out all the newest tech-toys for genealogists. It's even better when you can run through the white stuff to spend a few hours surrounded by microfilm at the Family History Center.

    Day Two at the National Genealogical Society 2010 Conference dawned cold and white, quite a surprise for the Californians, Floridians, and Hawaiians in attendance. Like Randy Seaver, I too attended Elizabeth Shown Mills' outstanding presention yesterday, and planned to hear her talk today.

    On Wednesday I also attended an excellent lecuture by John T. Humphrey on Understanding the Process that Creates the Records and came away with a plan to outline the probate requirements for the states I am researching. John's examples demonstrated that knowing the record-making process can speed research and add value to the work.

    I also attended the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Banquet where I sat next to Renee Huskey of Photoloom, and met several family history writers from across the country. Michael Leclerc spoke shared a few Tales from the Editor's Desk, and gave us all a glimpse at life inside the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    Today was a full day of speakers, vendor visits, and library look-ups. I heard Claire Bettag on Research Reports: Meeting the Standards, Elizabeth Shown Mills on What Kind of Document is This: Original? Derivative? Primary? Secondary? or Whatchamacallit? and Kay Haviland Freilich on From Research to Report: How to Write a Proof Summary. Each presenter stressed the Genealogical Proof Standard and BCG standards; it was clear that the BCG Skillbuilding track was well-planned and carefully coordinated among speakers.

    I also managed to squeeze in a short look-up at the Family History Library for the probate of James Winsor, died 1801. Now I have a few references and will try to get back to find the "good stuff." I have been very impressed with the Library staff -- helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and very accomodating. The Library must have added extra help this week because the books are being shelved almost as fast as they are returned to the cart, and the assistants keep the microfilm printer/scanner line moving smoothly.

    I finally caught up with Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist, and Donna Pointkowski, What's Past is Prologue, for dinner and a lilttle SLC field trip. It was great to compare conference sessions and research tips.

    Another busy day is slated for tomorrow; I hope the snow holds off until we get inside the Salt Palace Convention Center, and then it can blow a gale!

    Wednesday
    Apr282010

    Still Time to Enter to Blogger's Almanac Contest

    Just a little reminder that you can still enter to win a free copy of Roots Magic 4 genealogy software from The Family Curator. The contest is open through Friday, April 30 and winners will be announced on Monday, May 3. Anyone who uses a Blogger's Almanac-inspired blog post or writing can enter; details are posted on the Contest Page.

    I have enjoyed seeing the photos, stories, and longer features this month, and hope you will share your work, even if you don't want to enter the contest.

    Jenna at Desperately Seeking Surnames posted a Peonies on Parade for the gardening theme and I can't wait to see them in full bloom.