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

Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review: The Traverse City State Hospital Training School for Nurses

Author's Note: I am not receiving compensation for this review.  

This is more of a book share rather than a review.  My dear friend, Virgina LeClaire authored the book The Traverse City State Hospital Training School for Nurses published by the History Center of Traverse City.  Ginni is a nurse and a very active member of the Grand Traverse Genealogical Society.  The book is amazing.  It describes the training and the lives that nurses who trained at the former state hospital.  The book also highlights a few individual nurses and provides biographies.  I absolutely loved the book!
The book is available through the history center and Horizon Book Store in Traverse City.  It's very worth picking up for any nurse or for anyone interested in the State Hospital or anyone who had a nurse in the family who trained there!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Home sweet Home

Well gang,
We've moved...and yes it snowed! Again.  I keep saying I will not move in the winter! HA!  But we're here in our cozy little house on Iris Lane.  :)  The kids and I love it!  The genealogy all made it here safely.  My great idea for my series of posts didn't turn out at well as I wanted.  Story of my life.  I did take the time to purge a lot of excess paper that I didn't need and I've been busy digitizing a lot of things that aren't original copies and keeping digital files instead of paper files.

So I'm on my new genealogy journey.  I'm working on my Daughters of the American Revolution application.  Mom and I attended our first meeting last weekend and I was amazed at the projects and community involvement of the society at a national and a local level!  We've been busy gathering our materials we have on hand and searching for our supporting documentation for our applications.  More to come here.

I'm on facebook now and you can find me at www.facebook.com/confessionsofageneaholic.com  I'll be updating there more informally.  I'll also be adding photos, etc.  I'm still working on the video entries.  Blogger won't allow me to upload a video over a certain size...but I may be able to add those to Facebook.  I'll keep you all updated.

I'm happy that warmer weather has returned to Norther Lower Michigan!  Time to get back out in the cemeteries and spur on the genealogy research.  It makes it even better, now my desk is in front of my slider (the non-opening side) so I have a huge window to look out when I'm working at my desk.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your genealogy projects this year.  Feel free to share in the comments what you are working on!

Happy Hunting.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Moving day approaches and ROAGK!

Here in Michigan we're buried under a couple feet of snow!!!! And it's still coming down.  It's a good day to blog and I had to take some time today away from packing and update you all on my progress.  Moving day is very close at hand for me....Like this weekend!  Most of my house is packed and I'm stepping over boxes everywhere.  I've been carefully packing away all my genealogy, but at the same time made a connection with a new genealogy cousin and added some new information to my files!  That's always exciting.  (Happy Dance!)  I've also thought a lot about all the papers I have and all my electronic files....yes I know I said I was working to reduce this, but old habits die hard.  My next big project will be to scan my papers and photos and make electronic copies and reduce...hopefully...the amount of paper I have.  I've moved all my genealogy files to my Microsoft OneDrive...(thank you Microsoft)...so I won't lose all my precious electronic files is my computer tragically dies (again).   We all know about me losing my files and losing my database file.  :( .  I'm also being more proactive about backing up my legacy file.
Anyway I digress.  So most of my genealogy is boxed up safely and ready to go!  I'll take the task of moving it personally....that way I can't get mad at anyone else if something happens to them or make my friends and family feel bad if something happens.  They all know what a Genealogy nerd I am.

My second big thought to share today is that I made my first request on the revamped Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness website!  For those who don't know yet, yes, It's back!!!!!!!!!!!  For those who didn't know it before, check it out.  www.raogk.org.  This is a volunteer based website with people who are willing to help others out with free look ups.  Make sure to read the rules before requesting please, please, please.  Sign up to volunteer!  I can't wait to see Random Acts return to it's former glory!

I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone's story's and experiences with Random Acts!  Please feel free to share below if you've already been using the revamped website!

Happy Hunting to everyone!  And stay warm!!!