Family History Research

Follow Friday – Springfield Public Library

I am back in Missouri! Ok, I have been here since Sunday doing client work for a few days, then to visit my niece.

I spent some time at the Springfield Public Library again last night. This time I took a little time to just walk up and down the aisles of books in the entire section. One of my client’s has families in Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, and has some verified and non-verified Revolutionary War participation.

Walking the aisles I was amazed at the vast resources for not only Missouri but others states, including the ones I was working with. I browsed through several books checking indexes for surnames and then stumbled upon two from Virginia that I had to sit and go through. I literally had to tear myself away from the library because it was getting late and I was starving.

I may have to go spend a little time there later today when I’m not watching my niece. Not necessarily to do any client work but maybe to just walk the aisles and make a list of books that I should look at not only for this client but others in the future.

What a fantastic resource, the local history/genealogy section of the Springfield Public Library. Visit them if you are in the area.

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Excitement Ahead!

I just received the BCG Standards Manual in the mail yesterday! Very excited to crack it open and really start digging into the certification process. I will have two nights in Jefferson City, MO, with nothing to do after I research for my client so I will have time to start reading. Then several days in Springfield, MO, while I hang out at my sister’s to let it sink in and figure out how to begin.

I am also very excited to research for my client in MO. A new area of research for me in some regards and I’ll get experience in a few new places like the Missouri State Archives; Jefferson City Library; Callaway County Historical Society; Fulton Library; and with some luck – a cemetery or two in Callaway County! Exciting!

Check back next week because I’ll write up my thoughts on each library and repository I visit.

 

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Wisdom Wednesday – Read Your Genealogical Journals

A few months ago I joined the Missouri State Genealogical Association because I started doing work there for some friends. Last week I received their Journal and browsed through it quickly and set it aside.

Today I decided to take a few hours and try to catch up on some of my reading. Good thing I did because in one of the articles were two names of individuals that are in the family tree of my latest client! This same client I am doing work for in Missouri next week on these families!

Don’t let your journals pile up. Start reading them. You never know what you will find, just when you need it.

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Motivation Monday – Going for Certification

Michael Hait wrote some very interesting posts recently called, How Not to Become Certified, part one and part two. Today’s post, So, Are You Ready for Certification? was an interesting read also.

Last summer when I started my genealogy business, Generations, I thought I was ready for certification. I got the application guide and started working through some of the pieces. I quickly realized I needed more client work and education behind me or I would fail miserably.

Here I am one year later with almost two of the NGS Home Study Course CDs finished and the third on its way, I’m over half finished with the ProGen Study Group, and increased my conference and meeting attendance over the last year. I even published a book and have had several articles published in a couple of journals and magazines.

Am I ready for certification today? No but I’m closer than last year. I downloaded the updated BCG guide to review over the coming weeks. I plan to seriously look at the process, what is required and make a plan to start the work. ProGen ends in April and I plan to complete the NGS HSC by then as well. Both plus all my client work will put me in a much stronger position to work on the portfolio starting next summer.

I plan to be one of those names you see on the certification list for Illinois. Right now there are eight listed. Will I succeed the first try? I hope so, but if not, Michael Hait has given me a lot to think about if I am rejected. It isn’t failing, but a major learning experience that will only help me grow as a researcher. I am a lot less afraid to give this a try in the spring than I was. Thanks Michael for being so honest about what you went through to achieve certification!

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