I hope everyone had a great time last Monday. I know I did. Thank you to Rick for bringing his notebooks and ideas and to everyone who contributed to the discussion.
For today I am going to suggest that you read this post on the blogsite. If you are receiving it by email, just click on the Title of the post in blue above.
My all new Organizing Tips page is over there on the left sidebar. And below it are new pages: Two Organizing Articles, Personal Checklist form, Research Log forms, and Judith’s Organizing system.
My Organizing Tips are new and I would suggest that everyone with organizing problems read through them. Even if you were at the meeting, I skipped some important points like “you need a naming system for your computer files” and I gave an example. Organizing resources are at the bottom.
I use the Personal Checklist along with a Family Group Sheet when I am organizing all the information I have about an individual or family, usually in preparation for trying to solve a problem.
Most of us could make a leap if we consistently used a research process. I added some Research Logs to our blog too. Even better would be coming to the Whatcom Genealogical Society meeting on February 12 where professional genealogist Cyndi Ingle will be speaking on “Back to the Basics: Research Planning and Execution Online”. (see Events tab for details)
Friday, February 9th we are planning an afternoon of learning to build family trees online. This is by reservation only. I am speaking to participants ahead of time to find out what they need. Also recruiting mentors. So far requested programs are Ancestry.com, familysearch.org, and RootsMagic. Participants and mentors can contact me at ferndalegenies at gmail dot com. The sooner the better.
January 31 is a free webinar at https://familytreewebinars.com/with Sunny Morton. Her topic is Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com. I watched her similar talk last year and will be watching this one too. It’s for all levels. If you have never watched a webinar, this is the time. It is free for the live broadcast and for a week following. Go to the link and register. When you register, you will receive an email reminder and also a notice when the recording is available. While you are there, cruise through the topics. Some are free but with a $50 annual membership you receive on-demand access to over 600 recorded webinars, access to the syllabi and other perks. The membership is only recommended for people who will actually watch webinars. 😊
Tuesday at 8 on PBS: Sylvia asks “Are you watching the new PBS series We'll Meet Again? It's really good. They are using genealogy and detective work to reunite lost friends.’’ This is the new Ann Curry show I have been hearing about. I missed the first episode last Tuesday but it is being reshown on KCTS on Friday night at 3am Sat morning if you can record it. Also may be on their website.
February 26 is our next Genies meeting. We don’t have a topic yet but we never run out of interesting information. Let me know if you have particular interests. For now DNA is scheduled for March when I hope some of your new tests will have been processed.
Happy Winter! If Ferndale Schools are closed, we will be too. Just late opening? Check with the library.