Friday, July 30, 2010

Follow Friday - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress

Another BU Alumni just posted about I site I had never noticed before, and should have. Chronicling America - The Library of Congress has numerous historic newspapers you can search and view. They include some from Pittsburgh in my ancestors timeframes, as well as some Texas newspapers which I may eventually need. A great site if you haven't seen it.

Follow Friday is a daily blogging theme in which the blogger recommends another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fort Worth Genealogical Society Meeting

Last night I went to the Fort Worth Genealogical Society meeting. There was an interesting demonstration of the "Genealogy Bank" which the Fort Worth Library will have soon. It was followed by a demonstration of the digital readers, which I didn't realize the library had. Since my local family history library doesn't have any readers, and since I can order film at the library, I'll be looking at my film there from now on.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Genealogy lecture by Emily Croom

In May I went to a genealogy lecture by Emily Croom at the Fort Worth Public library. She is a speaker and has written several books and many articles. Her first presentation was called "Seeing is Not Always Believing". She gave many examples of information that was incorrect, and the processes she used to correct it. Her second presentation was "Gooly Girl and Fryed Ham". Eventually she did explain the names in the presentation. Along the way she explained her research process and several self-developed forms she uses for data analysis.The library provided a nice snack table in-between lectures, and there were many door-prizes given away. I didn't win any though. She has a free booklet on document citation on her website in the book section. I did request one of her books from the library when I got home. If I like it, maybe I'll buy it. I'm a big believer in "try before I buy". Especially for cookbooks and genealogy books. Her website is at: Unpuzzling the Past.

Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research

I was in the first online class for a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University last fall and winter. It was a great experience. We covered the same material as the campus class. But I actually think the interaction with the instructors was more personal that it would be in a classroom. And the students also had great discussions on the various bulletin boards. My favorite sections were Problem-Solving Techniques and Technology and Evidence Evaluation and Documentation. I highly recommend it if you are comfortable being online.

Score!

On November 21, 2009, I attended a Score small business class.The topics included Business Planning, Legal Considerations, Sources of Capital, Insurance, Marketing, Record Keeping and Taxes. I was particularly interested in the different business structures (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.) and the business records retention schedule. I also enjoyed the sections on writing a business plan, insurance and marketing. All in all it was a very well spent day. I may follow up with another tax class from our local community college.Definitely want to keep the taxes straight!