Monday, May 17, 2010

Time flies!

I haven't sat down to write in my blog for over a week!  Luckily I have been busy with work and graduation plans for my youngest daughter's high school graduation.  I have been working on my genealogy, forcing  myself to work for a few hours then treating myself to reading censuses for a few minutes.   I also took an hour today to scan pictures. 

I did find a mistake in my family tree where I cited an incorrect census - actually a 1910 census cite for a 1900 census.  How I managed that is unknown but I did correct the mistake on the family of seven.  Well, back to work!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ancestry Digital Scanning

Ancestry offered free document and picture scanning at the NGS conference and I took full advantage of their help.  I brought with me from Tucson some original documents and photos from the early 1900's.  I guess I could have scanned them myself but the high speed, high tech scanners Ancestry had available did a much better job (and faster too) than I could have accomplished.

The Ancestry scanning team took my envelope of precious information, scanned them and provided me with THREE flash drives with my images.  I have uploaded two of the flash drives and sorted the images into the appropriate  files on Legacy and on my computer.  One image was of the Poundstone family tree drawn by George Poundstone in 1933.  George's work was very intricate and on a very odd sized paper.  Now I have a wonderful image that I can send to family and share with others researching the Poundstone line without finding a printer that can photocopy the tree.

Thank you Ancestry for providing such a wonderful service to genealogists!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Catching up

I have spent a wonderful day editing my master research list, ticking off those items I was able to locate and view while in Salt Lake.  I managed to view nine rolls of film and roughly seventeen publications.  Some yielded family wide information others items were just eliminated as  possible resources.

Now is the time to use the information located and eliminated to analyze, resolve conflicts, make conclusions and develop new research plans.

I also have some assignments gleaned from networking at the conference. Most importantly, I need to get back into the daily grind of  running my business Nosy Wilma LLC, a private investigative firm here in Tucson.  It seems a week is forever for some of my clients to not have me at their beck and call - not to worry - I'm back!

Monday, May 3, 2010

NGS Conference 2010 Salt Lake

I am home after a whirlwind conference and library time.  I made several new friends, met up with some wonderful Genea-bloggers, and really learned some new ideas for my genealogy research.  Ancestry hosted a meeting with the genea-bloggers where the bloggers were given information from Eric Shoup regarding the ExpertConnect service and Tony Macklin shared the new search functions that Ancestry had been working on.  

I also had the opportunity to take in the sights of Salt Lake.  I really enjoyed visiting the Beehive house on the Temple Square. The house is a National Historic Landmark and has been restored with furnishing of the period.  The house was built in 1854 with an addition added on.  The home was originally the home of Brigham Young when he was the governor of the Utah Territory.  He was also the President of the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I also explored the Sam Weller used book store.  The store houses numerous genealogical rare books.  A number of medical and books about death in the rare books area were also very interesting.   Best of all,  I found several issues of the Chicago Genealogist form the 70's that had articles about different churches in the area - one of which my Great Great Grandparents attended.