Monday, August 6, 2012

I can't believe it has been a year and a half since I have posted!  So much has happened.  I did get a letter sent to the gentleman in Arizona and he called me!  It was so exciting.  He didn't even know his mother had a husband before his father until she was going to the nursing home.  He found the purple heart and asked about it.  She got rid of it though and he feels bad about that.  All she said about him was that she didn't want him to go and he died in war.  While he was gone she worked as a nurse for the military men on our side.  She did not have any children with Roy, which was a long time question.  My grandpa could finally put that question to rest.
I did not get accepted to teach at NGS, but I tried!  I did however, get to teach at the conference at the Kansas State Genealogical Society in Dodge City.  It was wonderful!  The people were great.  I was disappointed in my photo class and need a lot of work on it.  The society was great and I learned so much.
Tomorrow I am teaching a Social Networking class and will be showing them my blog.
I also sent off for medical records for Earl black, my great great grandfather.  He was in the Psychiatric hospital in St Joseph for 4 years and died there.  We had to get a court order and we received it.  We are now just waiting for the records.  I am anxious to see what comes of it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Goals for this week

I have a lot to do this week.  I need to submit my class proposals for NGS.  I have joined APG and am doing the Pro Gen program so I also need to submit my assignment.  I am meeting with a client and need to finish the report.  I also am overburdened with Random Acts requests and MOSGA.  lol  But it will all get done in due time.  I am going to make an appointment with myself to work on my genealogy next week.  I have a goal to finish my "Wright" side by July.  Well at least put what I have in a book. :-)  Busy Busy.  I am excited about all of it though.  :-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

What I have been up to

Well, I have been very busy!  I have gathered some information for my own genealogy by going to the courthouse itself.  What a difference that makes.  I found things I would not have found otherwise.  I was able to just delve right into the index and make notations of what I needed.  People who think divorce was not common, well, I looked through a huge index full of them!  Pretty interesting cases as well.  I have taught a class on organization and decided I had better shape my own genealogy up.  So I gathered papers from genealogies of other people's I have been working on, such as step family, etc.  I started typing the information into Rootsmagic and finding what needs to be done next. 
I have been working on a clients project and finding some neat things.  I have research plans set up and it's fun to see it come together.  The same for a friend I am helping out. 
Today I took a big step and I took the family interviews I have done to a shop that can put them on DVD's.  Luckily they had a sale going, but still spent a pretty penny.  It is so worth it to me though.  Some of the people I have interviewed are now gone and just hearing their voice brought a huge smile to my face!
I have been busy teaching classes and I am turning in proposals to speak at NGS.  That is a huge step for me.  I am going to start taking classes again through Heritage Genealogical College.  I joined APG and our local chapter is doing the Progen course.  I am a very busy person.  On top of all of that, we have my step children half the week and every other weekend my niece and nephew.  I am helping my cousin earn girl scout patches and at work I have a lot of responsibility.  I read before I go to bed and I am starting a bible study.  I make sure there is time to spend with my Adam and of course my Sierra puppy dog. Phew... wonder what I will be doing tomorrow!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Keeping on task

Well I haven't sent the letter to the son in Arizona, but I am going to next week.  This week just got away from me.  Also, I'm tired of getting film for these church records that don't have what I want on them.  It's mostly my fault.  Thanks to my grandparents I am ordering copies of the 2 I need from the original source.  I am also going to write to the Tioga County Pennsylvania Historical Society and ask if they can take digital pictures of the bible records of my ancestors.  I'm so excited to get this ball rolling!!  On top of it all, I am taking care of the house the best I can, meeting with clients, working full time with added responsibilites and creating 2 more classes.  Ugh. But I love it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Updates on my genealogy

First I want to start out by saying that I already accomplished one goal for this year.  I sent my paperwork in for the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and I am now a member!!! I am so excited. 
I had a big breakthrough in my genealogy as well.  For about 70 years there has been question as to whether my grandpa had half brothers or sisters.  We weren't sure if his father had children with his second wife.  We didn't even know anything about her except her first name.  then after years of searching put some Montana marriages online and I found their marriage certificate!!! It listed her maiden name and all sorts of information.  Then I was able to see if I could find a second marriage for her.  My great grandfather had died in the war.  Sure enough, I found it!  From there it all took off.  I found her in the Social Security Death Index.  I was able to contact a volunteer through who looked up an obituary for her.  It listed 2 sons from her second husband, one of them was deceased.  I was able to find the second son on  I have a letter typed up and am planning on sending it tomorrow!!!  Also, I have started entering all my facts into my genealogy software.  It's getting close to being ready for me to print.  :-)  I am so happy with my progress!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday Madness

Well my film turned out to be the wrong one!  I now have the right one on order (or at least it better be!)  Tonight I am going to make sure all my papers are ready to be sent in for DUVCW and send them off hopefully tomorrow.  So again I'm in the boat of hurry up and wait.  I do need to get my "facts" entered into my genealogy program so that is perfect while waiting. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Genealogy Update

I got in a film today that I have been waiting on for a couple months.  It's church records of my family members from the 1730's!!!  It's actual baptisms and marriages, etc.  I can't wait to look at it.  I am also ready to turn in my lineage papers for the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War so I'm very excited about that too.  It's my first lineage society to join.  I'm looking forward to lots of good things this next year and I am going to make 2011 a great one!
I am also starting my own little side genealogy business.  Nothing fancy, just kind of for fun.  I get asked quite a bit for some help and they are willing to pay so I decided to make it official.
Exciting stuff!!