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Genealogy Do-Over, aka GeekyTexan’s Genealogy Do-It-Right of 2015

On 15 December 2014 Thomas MacEntee announced a 13-week genealogy initiative called the Genealogy Do-Over.  It’s Thomas’s initiative so I think Thomas’s words explain it best: “Starting January 2nd, I’m setting my 20+ years of genealogy research aside and starting over. From scratch.  “Seriously. How many times have you thought about doing the same thing? … Continue reading »

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Whirlwind Claire started us off on Day 2….

Tuesday, July 24 at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt) I still had this one queued up from my week in Pittsrburgh so here goes: Day 2 of GRIPitt. We had two lectures by Claire Bettag, CG.  She was the mentor of ProGen 11 and is undoubtedly the Best. Mentor. Ever. Ever. She spoke about archival … Continue reading »

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Ready or not!

Monday at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt)  Looking at the course notebook Sunday night I was ready to go home early. But the material, and the panic, was manageable on Monday. Monday’s materials consisted of 19 pages (front and back) of session notes, two articles we had to read before the insitute (10 pages … Continue reading »

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Geeky! How can I join the fun too AND have cardboard furniture?

If you were here in my dorm room, you may ask, “Geeky, how can I be as geeky as you?”  Which I know perfectly well means you’d like to attend the Genealogical Research Insitute of Pittsburgh (held at La Roche College). Next year’s GRIPitt is July 22-26, 2013 and will offer six sessions, only one that … Continue reading »

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First day of school! Geeky genealogist school!

Sunday at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt)  GeekyTexan isn’t in Austin anymore! The Pittsburgh ariport is so quiet. It was almost disturbing. But the arrival at the Pittsburgh meant arrival at GRIPitt. And a few minutes later, successful arrival of a suitcase (yes, my suitcase). After a tour of Pittsburgh courtesy of the … Continue reading »

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Map it and call it a wrap

I’m on the tail end of Lesson 11 in the NGS-HSC. Since I haven’t made my repository trips required for some of the other lessons, I thought I’d get some of the “no visit” lessons out of the way. I have spent a huge amount of time on Lesson 11. There’s two assignments, one to … Continue reading »

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The angle on NGS-HSC Lesson 9

I get night terrors about math. When I took my GMAT exam, I got a deck of flashcards for the multiplication tables. It was officially time to learn them. Approximately 20 years later than I should have learned them. I’m sorry Mr. Moehnke! Then I took the Land, Lots of Land: Learning the Ins and … Continue reading »

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Evidently we have more to learn

I mentioned in my post on the NGS-HSC Lesson 1’s extended reading that we needed to discuss more. I gave a short list of items to review in that post but as I approach the ProGen topic for September, Evidence, it’s time to take a look-see and make sure we have a good foundation. So … Continue reading »

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

The May 2011 ProGen Study Group was on chapter 13, “Time Management” in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (affiliate link) edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. The practical assignment was to keep a time journal for a week to determine what your “time thieves” are and find ways to eliminate the “time … Continue reading »

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What I learned Wednesday: NGS-HSC Lesson 5

The fifth lesson in the NGS HSC is “Census Records.”  The assignment had two parts: the census research checklist and the census search report. The census research checklist involved, for each ancestor listed on the pedigree chart you had submitted with Lesson 1, to indicate on which census (county and state) you would possibly find them and how they … Continue reading »

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