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Education

What I learned Wednesday: NGS-HSC Lesson 4

The fourth lesson in the NGS HSC is “Library Resources and Citation Examples.”  This was a very straightforward lesson and assignment I felt.  The assignment is to do a Library Survey and provide citations of various types of resources.  I actually received a “Complete” on first submission even though I forgot one of the citations (the grader … Continue reading »

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More about the NGS-HSC

The NGS HSC does somewhat build on each lesson but it is possible to do them out of order.  The syllabus for the NGS-HSC describes the lessons and corresponding assignments.  Be aware of the lessons that require scheduling of onsite visits or obtaining a record. Lesson 4 requires a visit to a library Lesson 6 requires obtaining a record … Continue reading »

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Preparation for IGHR

I mentioned in passing that I attended this year’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).  I think I promised more information about that but I am, and will continue to, conveniently forget that (for now). But I happened to make a list recently about things you should if you want to go to IGHR.  If you check … Continue reading »

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

The March 2011 ProGen Study Group was on chapter 15, “Research Procedures” 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 Locality Guide.  There’s several counties here in Texas that I have the most experience with but I decided before I … Continue reading »

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What I learned Wednesday: NGS-HSC Lesson 3

The third lesson in the NGS HSC is “Interviews, Correspondence, and Queries.” What I got hung up on: interview questions.  I decided I needed a master database of key interview questions.  Immediately.  I Googled and found, well, a million, give or take five or so.  I consolidated a few comprehensive lists, added categories, and removed the duplicates. … Continue reading »

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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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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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