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Monthly Archives: June 2011

What I learned (day after) Wednesday: ProGen February 2011

The February 2011 ProGen Study Group was on chapter 14, “Problem Analyses and Research Plans” in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (affiliate link) edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  The assignment was to develop a Research Plan.  I’m ashamed to say mine was the worst and that I didn’t capitalize on the … Continue reading »

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What I learned Wednesday: NGS-HSC Lesson 2

Lesson 2 in the NGS HSC was “Family Traditions and Family Records.” As usual, there was something I got hung up on: the definition of “tradition.”  Although they told me at the very beginning of the lesson that traditions are customs or beliefs but that customs were not a part of this lesson and they told me … Continue reading »

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Texas Tip Tuesday: Civil War in Texas

This year is the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War. To find out more about Texas in the Civil War check out the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission’s (TSLAC) electronic exhibit “Under the Rebel Flag: Life in Texas During the Civil War.”  The Handbook of Texas Online has multiple entries as a search on “civil war” … Continue reading »

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Sentimental Sunday: stuck in the tree (not the family tree this time)

This isn’t a historic moment but it’s certainly a memorable one.  We had the coolest tree in our backyard growing up.  Two thick branches were at just the right height that you could grab them and virtually walk up the trunk to sit in the tree, carefully avoiding the wicked end of a removed branch. … Continue reading »

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Institutional knowledge

So what is this Institute of which I speak?  Glad you asked. There’s several institutes – week long, intensive courses for further learnin’.  The one I attended, my first absolutely EVER, was the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford Univeristy in Birmingham, Alabama.  This year (and I must delineate this year since I fully … Continue reading »

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I was institutionalized

I was a little missing in action because I attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) last week.  (Was it just last week?)  The goal was to have some scheduled blog posts for my phantom readers while writing posts about IGHR while I was there.  Problem with scheduling posts: I didn’t realize how … Continue reading »

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What I learned (day after) Wednesday: ProGen January 2011

The Jaunary 2011 ProGen Study Group was on chapter 2, “Educational Preparation” and chapter 8, “Alternative Careers” in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (affiliate link) edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. The assignment was to develop our personal educational plans including assessing our “professional preparedness” and to include an estimate of the costs involved.  I showed … Continue reading »

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What I learned (day after) Wednesday: ProGen December 2010

My December lesson with the ProGen Study Group was on chapter 19, “Genealogy Columns” and chapter 21, Book and Media Reviews” in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (affiliate link) edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  There was no practical assignment in December (it has been carefully scheduled this way because of the holidays). … Continue reading »

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What I learned Wednesday: NGS-HSC Lesson 1…extended reading

I started my saga about the NGS-HSC last week.  Lesson 1 was “Introduction and Organization” so the Reading and Reference Lists at the end of the lesson had some invaluable information. The BIG reference was The Chicago Manual of Style, the sixteenth edition is available in hardcover (affiliate link) and electronic subscription.  Fundamental part of any researcher’s library…assuming … Continue reading »

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Texas Tip Tuesday: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

This may be old news, but since this blog was just recently born, it needs to be mentioned again.  This year, the University of Texas has completed a three and a half year project imaging Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Texas and Mexico for the years 1877-1922 and…drum roll…making them available online. Sanborn maps were … Continue reading »

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