Family History Research

Wisdom Wednesday – May ProGen Update

Another month down in the 18 of ProGen Group 10.  In April we worked on transcriptions and abstracts. I used the will of a woman named Dorota Zajicek. When I got this probate file at the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Archives I barely flipped through it before I started copying it. First of all after I read the will I realized this was not MY Dorota Zajicek. This woman was loaded! Mine was not. I copied the file anyway in case this family connected to mine at some point.  I transcribed the will and created my abstract.

This month we are using those transcripts to work on Certification and Accreditation by creating a research focus, analysis of data and forming a research plan. All things you would do if you were applying for BCG certification.

I worked on my assignment this morning and finished it. Will post it to the ProGen group this weekend. First need to get through our chat Thursday night for our April assignments.

Next month we are discussing Elizabeth Shown Mills’s Evidence Explained Chapter 1. Stay tuned for an update then.

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Follow Friday – April 29, 2011

Dr. Bill at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories is one of my favorite bloggers. He recently posted two articles on history I found interesting.

Civil War Series on Sunday

Also check out his article National Heritage Areas for All



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Follow Friday – April 22, 2011

Twitter and genealogy blogs have been lit up the past couple of weeks over the New England Regional Genealogy Conference. Two posts in particular struck a chord with me. Take a look.

Marian Pierre-Louis posted Speaker Tip: An Easy Way to Become a Better Speaker

Leslie Albrecht Huber posted Two Common Mistakes People Make Tracing Immigrant Ancestors



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Shannon Research

On my quest to locate more information on the Shannon family I will be doing some research in Missouri. My goal is to locate information about the family in Webster County and possibly Wright and Texas Counties. The family lived in Lawrence County, Arkansas, and there are a few resources in the libraries I can consult. I would absolutely love to visit the newly opened NorthEast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA).  The NEARA however is another three plus hours from Marshfield so it isn’t likely I’ll go down there this trip. There will not be enough time. The NEARA holds records for Lawrence County, AR, where the Shannon family lived. I can only imagine the information I could find there. Oh well, another time.

On my first day there I will first stop will at the Marshfield Library. I have a long list of books to look through in their genealogy section. If I finish that before lunch then I may run to the courthouse to look through marriage records if I can locate some dates before my trip.

My second stop will be the Webster County Historical Society in Marshfield, Missouri. Through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness(RAOGK) I am working with a volunteer there to locate records. She has sent me copies of a few and is going to pull more before I arrive so I can save some time. I will only have three hours at the Historical Society before they close and I have to head out so anything she is able to locate before my visit is so appreciated.

Day two of my visit will be at the Springfield Library Main Branch and also the Ozarks Genealogical Society library. Currently I have small lists of books to look through at those locations but that could grow if I discover a little more information prior to my trip.

If you know of other repositories close to Marshfield and Springfield I could search for information on the Shannon family please let me know. I lived down there for way too many years but never conducted research there.

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