Family History Research

Follow Friday July 8, 2011 FHR

In the last several months I have expanded my Generations business research into Missouri. I posted several times about the Shannon and Galbraith families and the research I was working on.

I have also tried to post several articles by Dr. Bill, a fellow genealogy blogger and Examiner.com writer. This is another great post by him for Examiner.com called Chronologies of our ancestors can inspire Springfield family history researchers.

If you do not follow Dr. Bill you should!

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Thankful Thursday – Happy One Year Blogiversary!

Birthday Cake

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I have been so busy that I missed the first Blogiversary of two of my blogs this month!

Happy Blogiversary to Family History Research! It turned one on June 5! Look at that cake! Are those giant M&Ms on the top or what?

So many things have happened in my genealogy world since last June it makes my head spin!

First, I started two blogs. This one and Chicago Family History.  Chicago Family History celebrated its first Blogiversary on June 25. Second, I started a professional genealogy business, Generations. Third, I wrote and published a book To Soar with the Tigers, about my cousin Robert Brouk. There are a few signed hardcover copies left. You can find them on my Generations website. Not only did I write a book but I have had several articles published in various society magazines and journals this year. Fourth, I started lecturing as part of my business. Fifth, I added house histories as a part of my business. My client base has slowly grown and I have lectures booked for early 2012.

While the business aspect has been exciting, the social networking side of it has been fabulous! I have met many people online through blogs, FaceBook and Twitter, who are interested in the same things I am. Genealogy became a less solitary pursuit. Many of these people I have met in person or will meet very soon. The Geneablogger community is very friendly and willing to help each other out in so many ways.

This blog was also one of the nominees for Family Tree Maker’s Best Blogs of 2010. Even though I didn’t make the final list it was still very exciting to be nominated!

I am very blessed to be a part of this great community and plan to continue blogging for many years to come.

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Wisdom Wednesday – Saturday FGS Conference Sessions

And finally, the last day of the conference. These are the sessions I plan to attend.

Don’t Get Burned: Getting Around the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (I may change this if I can hear Tony speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

Successful Cemetery Stalking

Discovering the Goldmine of Knowledge in Court Records

The Place of Place in Your Family History Narrative: Anchoring Your Family History in Its Setting

Discovering Midwestern Repositories (I may change this if I can hear Lou speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

The 1940 Census – I am so excited for this to be released in April 2012! Are you?

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Wisdom Wednesday – Friday FGS Conference Sessions

Good morning! Let’s take a look at the wisdom I will gain from the FGS Friday sessions.

Records & Repositories at the Crossroads of America – Indiana Research

Demystifying Eastern European Research

The Value-Added Professional

Using “Correlation” to Reveal Facts That No Record States

Something For Everyone! Or Not? Establishing the Right Presentation Mix

St. Louis: The Gateway to the West

Some great sessions to learn about growing as a professional genealogist, locating new records and improving my presentations and presentation skills.

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