Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Bucket List GeneaMeme

Jill Ball, the Australian genealogy blogger at has started a new  blogging meme …. The Bucket List GeneaMeme

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you would like to do or find: Bold Type
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments after each item. 

1. The genealogy conference I would most like to attend is - Who Do You Think You Are Live!
2. The genealogy speaker I would most like to hear and see is – John Philip Colletta 
3. The geneablogger I would most like to meet in person is – Kerry Scott from (there are many others though that I am hoping to meet at RootsTech, including Jill Ball herself)
4. The genealogy writer I would most like to have dinner with is - D. Joshua Taylor (others would be invited too! <grin>)
5. The genealogy lecture I would most like to present is - Any.  I love to speak about genealogy - and I am hoping to someday break into the national conferences.
6.  I would like to go on a genealogy cruise that visits Italy, England and Denmark. (Italy because it fascinates me and the other two because they as well,  are ancestral roots locations)
7. The photo I would most like to find is - my 3rd great grandfather, Jens Pedersen.
8. The repository in a foreign land I would most like to visit is the British National Archives
9. The place of worship I would most like to visit is – any church where an ancestor worshiped.
10. The cemetery I would most like to visit is - Falmouth Cemetery, Cornwall, England where my 3rd Great Grandparents Joseph John Williams and his wife Johannah Trippconey had to leave behind the graves of 7 young children to emigrate from England to the United States in 1868.
11. The ancestral town or village I would most like to visit is - Bråby, Sorø, Denmark or Tankersley, Yorkshire, England
12. The brick wall I most want to smash is - who were Jens Pedersen's birth parents. He was a foundling in Denmark, born in 1807.
13. The piece of software I most want to buy - I need the upgrade to AniMap 3.0
14. The tech toy I want to purchase next is - an iPad
15. The expensive book I would most like to buy is - probably going to be one that I find at the Family Roots Publishing booth at RootsTech. (so glad they were re-invited!)
16. The library I would most like to visit is - Library of Congress (I got to go last summer, but it was way to brief a visit)
17. The genealogy related book I would most like to write is - (I don’t have time to even think about writing a book!)
18. The genealogy blog I would most like to start would be about  - (I don’t want to start another blog until I have more time!)
19. The journal article I would most like to write would be about - (Why genealogy speakers are valuable and how to not take them for granted)
20. The ancestor I most want to meet in the afterlife is - This is a tough one because I don't know if I want to risk being where he might be, but I would love to see if George Burkinshaw‎ - Born 8 April 1821, Thurgoland, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England and Died 22 December 1901‎, Tankersley Barnsley, Yorkshire, England was a mean and nasty of a guy as his close relative describe.

I invite you to list your genealogy "Bucket List" items in the comments, or go to the Geniaus blog and add your list to Jill's comments.  If you have your own blog, please join the meme and pass it on! 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Arizona Was Lovely This Time of Year

I am finally getting a quick moment to talk about my recent trip to Arizona to teach at the Mesa Arizona Family History Expo.  It was my first chance to teach at this particular expo and I had a great time giving four different presentations.   I also had the chance to stay with family during my visit and to enjoy the warm sunshine since things recently turned cold and snowy in Utah.

 Just before the trip I was given a preview copy of Lisa Louise Cooke's new book - Everything you need to know about... How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers (see this link) - to review before my upcoming class on newspaper research at the conference.
Well, after reading the book on the plane down to Phoenix, I was certainly excited about suggesting it to the class.  This class is one where I explore the many different kinds of things that might be found in newspapers and show a variety of examples to get people thinking about what is out there.  Then we briefly discuss some tips for searching and more ideas and many links are included in the syllabus.

 Lisa's book would be a valuable addition to the class because it goes into so much more detail about the search process for newspapers. It also includes checklists and worksheets, as well as a plethora of links and a case study showing how she used newspapers to solve a research problem with her own family history.  I told Lisa at the conference that it just thrills me how detailed and specific she was in providing users with such a COMPLETE reference tool for newspaper research.  Can you tell that I liked it?!
I met many wonderful people at the conference, had some great chats about research and answered many questions after each of my presentations. I was so busy in fact that I hardly got to visit any vendors in the Exhibit Hall.

I am looking forward to RootsTech in a week! It will be a chance to talk with several vendors and catch up with friends I didn't get to speak with in Mesa. I also am looking forward to getting to know many of the geneabloggers and have even promised to do the 'bump' with several of them. (more about that later) It won't be as warm outside as it was in Arizona, but I am sure the conference with be hot, hot, hot!