Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Timeline for an Ancestor

Tonight's assignment - Make a timeline for an ancestor.  Please see Randy Seaver's blog at for information!  Thanks for the challenge Randy! 

Here is my timeline for my third great grandfather John Nicholas Poundstone:

I used RootsMagic to create my timeline.  I then saved the timeline and endnotes to a PDF and used the snipping tool to create a jpeg to upload to my blog.  

I now see that I need to correct my endnote 27 - somehow the citation is incomplete.  Good thing Randy had us do the task, now I can correct poor Great Grandpa's citation!  Interesting to note the probate for John N Poundstone was settled about fifteen years after his death!   


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FGS: Connect.Explore.Refresh - Planning for the experience FGS 2015

I have been coming up with a plan to make FGS and RootsTech conference the best they can possibly be.  It is a three part plan that will hopefully come together and provide the experience of a lifetime. I am also keeping in mind sometimes it is OK to fly by the seat of your pants. I missed out on  Geneablogger time at the SCGS Jamboree by trying to fit in every possible class.  What you learn socially is just as important as what you learn in the sessions. 

Part one of my plan:  Preparing for a visit to the Family History Library.
 I have been reviewing my database looking for research holes that could potentially be solved by locating information at the FHL.  I have been looking through the catalog for books and microfilm and organizing that information for the most efficient use of my library time.  I like to organize my research for each floor and then by area.  I have decided to add additional days to my visit for the library.  I did not want to allocate any FGS or RootsTech time for researching.

Part two of my plan:  Planning my conference time.
The number one reason for my attendance at the FGS conference is to help our society.  The tracks that interest me the most are Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries, the 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow, Benefits & Projects, and Technology for the Future.  I am still debating whether or not to go to one or more of the luncheons.  I do know that I will not be able to attend every session that I wish to on Wednesday – why or why do they offer such tantalizing classes at the same time!    The offerings Thursday through Saturday will help better my skills as a genealogist.   I have had the opportunity to hear quite a few of the big name speakers at NGS and at local seminars.  I think I will do a little research on some speakers I have not heard and give some of them a chance.  I really am looking forward to some new speakers and topics.  The topics that interest me the most are DNA, Technology, Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations, Standards and Practices, and A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning.

Part three of my plan:  Meet New People, Socialize and find a Seminar Speaker for 2016
This will be my first FGS conference but not my first conference.  The NGS conferences and SCGS Jamboree I have attended have brought many new friends and connections.  I had the pleasure of meeting folks from Arizona at the SCGS conference that have in turn attended Pima County Genealogy Society functions.  Taking the time to talk to people at the conferences have lead me to information on making our website,  incorporating  social media,  and so many ideas that benefit my personal research and the Pima County Genealogy Society.   

I guess I need to make a part four of my plan.  This Arizona girl is thinking she will freeze in SLC in February.  Time to do a little research on the weather.

Wordless Wednesday: The Skibbe's - Mom, her parents and Aunt and Uncle, cir 1950

Bottom Row:  Lorraine and her father William Skibbe
Top Row:  Aunt Ann, Clara (Lorraine's mom) and Uncle Edward Skibbe cir 1950
Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day: My Military Ancestors

Otis E Clark
Lloyd E Clark
Harold Clark

William Skibbe Sr
William Skibbe Jr

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Connect.Explore.Refresh: Experience the 2015 FGS Conference

What could be better than being able to research in Salt Lake, meet new people, learn new things, and rev up your genealogy research?  The upcoming FGS  conference combined with Rootstech will begin February 11, 2015. 

This will be my first FGS Conference, my expectations are high.  I have had the opportunity to attend several NGS and Family History Expo Conferences.   My most recent attendance at a conference was at the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree.  I have thoroughly enjoyed them all but the FGS Conference will offer more opportunities to enhance my skills for my society.  I currently serve as President of the Pima County Genealogy Society.  We are a fairly new society and will be launching our first website in January 2015. 

I have learned that connecting with people at conferences is just as important as attending a class.  At the Jamboree in California I met several people from Arizona that help spread the word and attend our first seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.  The interactions brought new friends and additional contacts that will help us share future events throughout Arizona and beyond.

I am excited to see what new "toys" will be available in the vendor hall.  New technologies, products and goods made to make our research easier and faster. 

The FGS Conference, RootsTech Conference and the Salt Lake Family History Library all at once?  It's Disneyland on steroids for a genealogist.  I am so excited!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014