Family History Research

ProGen Study Group December 2011 Update

Time flies when you are having fun! This fall has been a whirlwind of activity on all fronts. Business has picked up a lot with some exciting Chicago genealogy clients.  The boys have been busy in school and activities. I’m writing a new book to be released by April on Kids Genealogy. And I’m still finishing the NGS Home Study Course and ProGen.

ProGen has been very challenging this fall. We have delved into Research. This means conducting research, writing a plan and report. The members of my group all presented differing research reports. I learned so much from their layout and information included. There is not just one way to write a research report.

January focuses on proof summaries. I need to figure out what I’ll write mine on. I’ll let you know how that goes. April concludes the ProGen Study Group for me. Seems like the time flew by!

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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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June ProGen Study Group Update

I’m still feeling a little out of sorts even after being home a week. Still getting caught up on things. ProGen keeps moving along though and that is one thing I have focused on the past week.

Our May assignment was to read about Accreditation and Certification. Our practical assignment was to use the transcript of a document we created in April and submit a statement identifying a research focus. Then we analyzed the data and created a research plan.

Now that June has arrived we are learning about Evidence Analysis. We read a chapter in the Professional Genealogy book and Chapter 1 of Evidence Explained.  My reading is done but I need to work on the assignment which is to select an individual I have been researching and list documents I have for that individual and my analysis of those documents. We will write proof arguments in the future.

I may select James Shannon, a man I have been working on for a friend. I found a lot of information on his family while I was in Missouri in May. It will be exciting and maybe I’ll discover something I overlooked in my initial research and review of documents.

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