Archive for ‘Genealogical Education’

August 28, 2013

Two Upcoming Programs at the Gainesville Branch, Hall County (GA) Public Library

On Friday, 13 September 2013, Hall County Public Library will host Sitting Up with the Dead beginning at noon. The library closes to the public at 5:00 p.m., and no one will be admitted to the program after 6:00 p.m. Researchers will have the opportunity to explore the Sybil Wood McRay Genealogy and Local History Collection all night long with library staff members and fellow researchers. Program details come with the warning that the event is not for beginners or the faint of heart. The cost is $12 per registrant, which includes a boxed dinner, beverages, and a snack. Registration forms are available on the Hall County Public Library web site. Fees and the registration form must be received by Monday, 9 September for all participants.

On Thursday, 19 September 2013 at 6:30 p.m., the Hall County Public Library will host Basic Building Blocks of Genealogy for “first time” genealogists. For more information, call (770) 532-3311 ext. 116.

Both events will be held at the downtown Gainesville branch of the Hall County Public Library system.

June 12, 2013

Digging the Foundations of Research into the Past, 2 July 2013, Clayton, GA

Please join me 2 July 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Rabun County Public Library in Clayton, Georgia, as I present “Digging the Foundations of Research into the Past: Essential Skills for Genealogists.” This one hour lecture provides an overview of necessary skills, from planning research to citing sources, and includes a brief discussion of sources, information, evidence, and proof.

This lecture is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, and is open to those aged 16 and up. Admission is free and no registration is required.

I hope to see you there!

April 20, 2013

Two Qs in the Mailbox

My reading material for today’s likely travels (to a yarn store in Franklin, NC, and the Kerby Cemetery in Rabun County) was supposed to be Revenuers & Moonshiners: Enforcing Federal Liquor Law in the Mountain South, 1865 – 1900 by Wilbur R. Miller (UNC Press, 1991). But two surprises were stashed in my mailbox this morning: the March 2013 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and the Spring 2013 issue of the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly. So, of course, Miller’s book was set aside in favor of these new arrivals.

The latest issue of the GGSQ contains four feature articles, including a case study, “Proving the Parentage of Rebecca Hailes,” by Judith Bunn Brock, a certified genealogist; “First Baptist Church of Chamblee, Georgia, Cemetery” by Barbara Dover Brown, which includes a short history of the church and a list of interments; a continuation of transcriptions of Governor D. B. Mitchell’s 1812 letters by editor Elizabeth C. Snow; and this issue’s Technology Talk by Drew Smith, a discussion of Blogger for genealogists.

This issue also contains a review by Elizabeth Reynolds Moye of Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899. I was very pleased with her assessment, and hope the book lives up to her praise in the minds of others.

The NGSQ contained two welcome surprises in the form of articles by two of my favorite genealogists. Paul K. Graham contributed “A Family for Florence I. (Crouse) Nelson: Unraveling an Informal Adoption in Missouri or Indiana.” Michael Hait authored “The Parents of Thomas Burgen of Baltimore County, Maryland.” The third feature article was by Mara Fein, “Who was the Father of Henry Norton Jaynes of Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Virginia?” Reginald Washington’s article “‘When the Dark Days of War Had Passed’: An AME Church Petitions Congress” rounds out this small treasure trove.1

Both of the Qs were a welcome addition to this fine day.

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1. Addendum: This is an Atlanta-area church, the Payne Chapel AME Church.

April 5, 2013

Upcoming Lectures

I am presenting the following topics over the next few months.

On Saturday, 13 April 2013, I will be at the Genealogical Computer Society of GA in Roswell. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Our first topic will be “Foundations of Research into the Past: Essential Skills for Genealogists,” which provides an overview of the basic research process. A problem-solving workshop will follow, based around a case study using indirect evidence to tie Amy (Nichols) Ledford of Macon Co., NC, to her parents and siblings.

On Monday, 13 May 2013, I will be at the Central Georgia Genealogical Society in Warner Robins discussing the topic, “Finding the Extra! Extra! in Newspapers.” The meeting begins at 8 p.m. Newspapers are a particular favorite of mine, and I look forward to discussing their uses with this group.

On Tuesday, 2 July 2013, I will be at the Rabun County Public Library in Clayton to present “Digging the Foundations of Research into the Past.” The presentation begins at 1 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Visitors are welcome at all programs. Y’all come!

January 25, 2013

Upcoming Lecture at Rockdale County Genealogical Society, 10 March 2013

I have been honored by an invitation to speak again at the Rockdale County Genealogical Society in Conyers on 10 March 2013 at 3 p.m. Our topic for that day will be a continuation of August’s lecture on researching the poor, and will cover state censuses and tax records, as well as using a different perspective to look at all records in order to uncover information about the less well-to-do.

This society is a receptive group, and I am delighted to be able to work with them again.

January 17, 2013

Free Webinar: Tarheels in Your Family

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is releasing a webinar tomorrow presented by Helen F. M. Leary called “Tarheels in Your Family.” Leary is the editor of North Carolina Genealogy and Local History and a well-known and respected Southern genealogist.

The NCGS is making the webinar available to the public from the 18th through the 20th of this month. After that, it will be available only to members. For more information, visit the society’s web site.

January 10, 2013

Skill Building with the BCG

When people complain about the high cost of genealogy education, I give them a puzzled look. Some of my favorite educational resources are freely available to anyone with an Internet connection, and most of the others are fairly low-cost.

One resource I use frequently is the Board for Certification of Genealogists web site. Amongst other things, it contains a section of articles reproduced online that were published in past issues of their newsletter, OnBoard, and written by certified genealogists. Some of the articles are clearly geared toward professional researchers, but most are skill builders that anyone can use. Topics covered include using and analyzing specific records, transcribing, note taking, genealogical writing, constructing proof arguments, and source citations.

There are nearly three dozen articles online at the moment. Even researchers who have no intention of becoming certified should find something of use there.

January 7, 2013

Upcoming Events with the Georgia Genealogical Society

The Georgia Genealogical Society has three upcoming events of interest to area researchers.

On Monday, 21 January at 8 p.m. EST, Monica Hopkins will present “Evernote for Genealogists” via webinar. Monica is a past editor of the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly and an author of the GGSQ‘s regular column, Technology Talk. If you’re having a problem organizing your genealogy, Monica is sure to help you out.

On Monday, 18 February at 8 p.m. EST, Laura Carter will present “FamilySearch Wiki”, also a webinar. The FamilySearch Wikis are a useful way for researchers to share information about researching in a particular location or using various records.

The GGS March Seminar will be held on Saturday, 2 March, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deborah A. Abbott, PhD., will be discussing “Genealogical Methods: The Basics and Beyond” in four parts: Using and Analyzing the U. S. Federal Censuses; Going Beyond the Basics: Vital Records & Related Sources; Using Libraries and Archives; and Voices from the Past: Using Manuscripts. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. There are two registration deadlines: 20 February for mail-ins, and 26 February for online registrations.

To register for Monica’s presentation or the March Seminar, see GGS Events.

January 3, 2013

Free Census Resource Courtesy of Michael Hait, and a Few Other Things as Well

Michael Hait recently announced the release of a free PDF e-book, U. S. Census Pathfinder. Yes, my friends, this is a free resource for those who want to find information about U. S. censuses on the web. But don’t take my word for it. Reviews are abounding, including a thorough one by Judy G. Russell.

If you haven’t poked around Michael’s professional web site, please take the time to do so. In addition to a list of publications, with links to online articles where available, many free to the public, Michael has generously placed several case studies and other free resources on his web site as well. There are plenty of fascinating and informative tidbits available there for researchers of any stripe.

Happy hunting!

November 15, 2012

New Course at IGHR: The Five Civilized Tribes

In June 2013, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will have a new course, called “The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them.” I ran into the course coordinator Linda Woodward Geiger on my last trip to the Georgia Archives. During our conversation, Linda told me that she had been asked to put together this course, but I didn’t think it would be available so soon.

Lectures in this course will be taught by Linda and six other instructors, including Rachal Mills Lennon, author of Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, and Craig Roberts Scott, a well-known expert on military research and the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., just to name the two researchers whose work I am most familiar with. The other lecturers also have impressive backgrounds, but don’t take my word for it. Go look at the course page and see for yourself what wonderful offerings Linda has put together with such a diverse group of lecturers.

And be sure to reserve January 22, 2013 on your calendar. That’s the day registration for IGHR 2013 begins, and you don’t want to miss it, as this course is sure to fill quickly.