Family History Research

Wisdom Wednesday – ProGen Update

Last week this was me on vacation. This picture was taken in St. Thomas. My family took a cruise for spring break on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship.We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to Nassau where we snorkeled with the stingrays and played on the beach. Headed to St. Thomas where we spent a day on the beach. Then St. Maarten where my mother in-law and I took my twins to the beach while my father in-law, husband and son went deep sea fishing. They caught two barracuda and some massive sunburns. Grrrrr. But overall the trip was a success. My three boys had a blast and that was the point.

The ship is enormous! You can see it pictured here on the left. Our room was in the front of the ship and the food and fun was in the back so we did a lot of walking every day.The shows were fantastic, the food was ok, the staff we encountered were wonderful and the people we met at O’Hare waiting for our plane we saw many times on the ship. Funny how there can be over 6,000 people on a ship but when you meet a handful of them you seem them every day, somewhere. Even with 6,000 people on board it never felt crowded, except a couple of lunches in the Windjammer buffet. Other than that, people had so many places to explore that the ship felt almost “empty.”

Now that I’m back in the land of reality, it is time to focus on April’s ProGen assignment. This month we are talking about Transcripts and Abstracts. The reading assignment is long so I’ll need to start on that this week. Then I have to transcribe a deed or will then abstract that same item. I believe I have a hand written will in my research files to use so that will be good. I did get some additional transcription practice this weekend as I reviewed and rewrote a letter from a Civil War Pension File I received, but more on that in another post.

It will be interesting to read everyone’s transcriptions this month, more so if they are wills. I like to see what people owned and willed to their heirs. It gives me a better sense of the life they lived, at least at the end in some cases. This will be a fun assignment I think.

Thursday evening we have our monthly chat and will discuss the time management assignment from March. Most everyone submitted their assignments while I was gone so I have to catch up before Thursday on reviewing and commenting. Reviewing each other’s work is a major part of ProGen. I learn so much every month looking at someone else’s assignments.

Well back to reality!

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ProGen Update March 2011

Another month has passed and our ProGen group is moving on to Time Management. We are supposed to track our time for a week and evaluate where our “time thieves” are, then create a plan to better manage our time.

With kids in school, my week days are pretty much the same week to week unless I go somewhere to research or work on my local genealogical society volunteer project. I do however know what some of my “time thieves” are and have been making a more conscious effort to focus on what needs to be done. It is all about balance isn’t it?

Last month we discussed research procedures and had to create locality research guides. Listings of repositories, their collections, hours, etc. It was an interesting discussion and look at the guides. Some of my group members created Wikis on FamilySearch for their locales.

Time to get to this month’s reading assignment!

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ProGen Update – Research Plans

The end of January has arrived and our ProGen assignments are due! I submitted mine a week ago. This month’s less was on Research Plans. I wrote mine about a gentleman who lived in southwest Missouri and joined the Arkansas Volunteer Union Army. I listed the information I knew about him followed by the records I wanted to locate and where they are held.

A couple of people have commented on my plan and provided great suggestions for other records and places to search. I can’t wait to see what the other plans look like. Everyone’s style is different.

Stay tuned, February’s topic is research procedures!

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ProGen Update

Time flies when you are having fun and are very busy! The month is half over and I have yet to finish my ProGen assignment. This month we are reading about Research Plans. Our assignment is to choose a research problem we have and write a plan for it. I chose a friend’s ancestor to work on and am half finished with my plan. My goal is to finish it today and post it for review.

Next month we discuss research procedures. I’m sure that will be a very interesting discussion. Stay tuned!

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