Family History Research

NGS Home Study Course Lesson 1 (CD1)

I received my NGS (National Genealogical Society) HSC CD 1 at the end of 2010 and started right away with the lessons. Lesson 1 is complete and on its way to be graded. This lesson was about getting started and learning how to create a pedigree chart and family group sheet. The family group sheet had to be, of course, sourced completely for each fact listed. While I have almost 15 years of research under my belt, it made me go back and look at some of the sources I had in my database from years ago and edit them to fit a correct format. The course recommends Elizabeth Shown Mills’ book Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, which I own.

Now, on to Lesson 2!


Vote for your favorite genealogy blog

So apparently this blog was nominated for the Family Tree Magazine’s 2011 Best Genealogy Blogs! I just found this out reading DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog. Myrtle has all eight categories posted with the list of blog nominees. Take a look and vote before December 20th. The winners will be revealed in the July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine.


Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society Meeting

Yesterday I attended the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society meeting in La Grange. Mike Karsen was the speaker and he was fantastic! I learned several ways to produce family history books that can be as simple or complex as I wish them to be. He stressed the point of beginning to write NOW many times. It is so important to stop making excuses and just start writing. At the end of his presentation he gave us Family History Pledge cards to fill out. If we did, and pledged to begin writing, he gave us (free) a CD with all his writing lectures and examples of all his personal family history books. What a great resource to help get the writing process started! If you get an opportunity to hear Mike, be sure to do so! You can also visit him online at

After the presentation I did speak with a man named Bob who told us about his trip to the Czech lands and how he discovered more about his family. I thought he said one of his family names was Chrastka, but when we spoke, it was Krafka. His wife and I spoke a while about my Robert Brouk book and Virginia, who joined the WAAC. She had an aunt in the WAAC and told me several great stories. I encouraged her to start blogging those stories when she said she needs to start writing them down and to contact me if she wants help getting started. Blogging is a great way to start and her stories will reach so many people. You can bet if she starts I will be one of her followers and you’ll see her link on my pages.

The next CSAGSI meeting is January 22, 2011 and the speaker will talk about Czech glass. Attendees are encouraged to bring pieces of their own to share.

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Draft 1 of my book almost done

Well it is Thursday evening and I have been fighting with Word over page numbering because it has decided at the end of my book about Robert Brouk, to skip a page in the numbering. The only way it seems to add it back in is if I add a blank page. Am I just tired and don’t see the easy way to fix this? Regardless, I have not done much blogging or anything else this week because I have been desperately writing to finish this book and let my editor take it for a bit.

I am learning a lot (which will hopefully make my next book a little easier to write) and hope to have this published in January. Please send good vibes because it is so important I finish this project soon because I want Robert’s widow Virginia to have a copy of it. Without her love, encouragement, support, stories and photographs, Robert’s complete story would never have been told. Thanks to her, he will live on and be remembered for the great things he did in his brief but shining life.