I can’t believe March is here…where did the winter go? (The shortish answer is….we never really had winter, just an odd snow fall or two and a couple brisk weeks of temps in the teens….altogether VERY STRANGE for our little corner of Northwest Pennsylvania)
Genealogically speaking, time has flown. Although I made virtually NO progress on my personal research, I accomplished quite a bit:
- National Institute for Genealogical Studies
- I completed Methodology parts 2 &3; US Census Records; US Vital Records; US Migration Patterns; and Researching French Canadian Ancestors.
- Today I started Methodology part 4; US Cemetery and Mortuary Records; and Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program 1
- Last month we wrote research reports (looking forward to our chat tonight!!)
- This month the focus is on Editing and Proofreading
- NGSQ Study Group – I only participated in one chat so far, but I really enjoyed it. So much to learn!!!!
- Webinars – I really love these and did a bunch.
- I was named the new editor of the Erie Society for Genealogical Research’s quarterly bulletin and just sent this quarter’s issue to the printer!! Writing it was a blast, but dealing with formatting issues in Word 2007 gave me a few (million) new grey hairs
- I’m cataloguing an addition to the Reed Family Papers for the Archivist at the Erie Historical Society, and the process is a wonderful learning experience, not to mention I’m falling in love with this family through their letters and other bits of ephemera.
- I’ve been indexing for FamilySearch.org and getting lots of practise deciphering old handwriting. Plus, it’s nice to give back.
- I’ve had some interesting projects, through Genlighten as well as APG work. It’s amazing what mysteries are tucked away in 100-150 year old obituaries!
- You never know what quirky places research will take you…one on-going project, to prove a kinship to Samuel Clemens, is stalling in that particular direction at the moment, but the family’s unexpected ties to P.T. Barnum and his circus are giving them a big chuckle!