"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

World Vital Records

World Vital Records (www.worldvitalrecords.com) is free until Decemeber 28th! No Credit Card needed....now I'm motivated!

'Tis the Season

It is the season for family traditions and for celebrations. We have a lot to celebrate this year with the birth of our son and now being a family of 4. Christmas time is always a happy time of year for me and I am thankful to have a little break from school, even if it is only 3 short weeks this year.

I have taken some time to up date my genealogy to-do list and to think about next year's Genealogy goals. We are still planning our Pennsylvania trip for Septmeber. Just me, the hubby and the two kids in a rental RV from our Michigan home traveling the 700+ miles to PA, but we will have the RV, so it should be an easier ride then trying to drive it in the family mini van and jumping from hotel to hotel. This is going to be our first real Genealogy vacation and I'm hoping to discover more about my paternal grandfather's line.

So what is your goal for the new year in your genealogy? You can share your goals in the comments section.

I've taken time to actually do some research to make some Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness requests for some research. With my college graduation right around the corner I'm excited to have more free time to do my research...what will I do with myself? After the first of the year I'm packing up the baby and hitting the local library and family history center to work through some of my research to-dos before the next semester of school starts.

Happy Hunting.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Don't have to be a "hard-core hobbist"

I was sitting at my kitchen table today, immersed in a pile of papers all related to genealogy and a thought came to me. I am what most people I know would consider a "hard-core" genealogy hobbist. Actually I'm not sure how many would think I was just a hobbist and how many would think I was more...but I digress.
I don't know how many times I have heard, "I would like to do it (it being genealogy), but I don't have the time like you do"....wait! I have time? When did that happen? Did they forget I just gave birth to my second child and I am still going to nursing school? My point is, you don't need hours a day to spend time researching your family lines, although sometimes it is nice, isn't it? Many people spend time, several hours a week in fact, devoted to their favorite television shows. Now isn't that spare time?
My solution is this: take you laptop, most house holds have at least one, to the couch with you and load it with your favorite genealogy software (there are free ones out there) or print out some forms (those which can also be found free just by googling for "Free Genealogy forms") and go to some of the online sites to search your family history. Don't want to miss an important plot on your show? Then use the commerical time for your research. You don't need hours a day or a week to make progress on your research, just a few minutes here and there. You can even use this TV time to write letters to your current living relatives and gather information on the current members of your family that way...yes I said write letters...good old snail mail, or email if you prefer, but make sure you print copies of the information your family sends you back.
This is just one suggestion that I have made many times in the past and here I present it to you, my audience to share with those around you who "don't have the time like you do" to begin their journies into genealogy and for those who are still resistant, I almost envy them....they don't know what it is like missing half a night's sleep before a big deadline, event, etc because they found a hot genealogy lead.
Take Care,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays if I don't 'see' you before then.
Happy Hunting!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Support our troops

Support our US troops who are overseas this holiday season. As the wife of a former Marine who was deployed overseas I know how important these letters from 'home' truly are!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's been awhile

It's been awhile since I've been able to Blog about Genealogy or let alone even work on my genealogy. I've had a few sessions here and there with very brief hits of research, but with school and job and now a new baby, there hasn't been much researching in my Family History. I have been emailing back and forth with my Dad's counsin Linda about the family history and have arranaged to send her printouts of what I have with current information on the family and to be able to update on her family and her sibilings. Hey, at least it is something. :)

Yes, I have finally added another root to my own family. My son was born December 1st. It is crazy and fun to have a baby in the house again.

My plans for Christmas break is to work on some genealogy and I have a lead on another family member to hopefully add some new information to the family tree. We still plan to visit Pennsylvania, but it won't be until September now. But that gives me plenty of time to plan! We're packing up the kids and renting an RV and driving from our home in Northern Lower Michigan to Danville, Pennsylvania where my Great, Great Grandfather was born. I'm excitied for the trip and excited to see what new information that we will be able to uncover when we are there.

Good luck and happy Hunting! Until next time.