2018 Started with a BANG! I taught my first ever course at SLIG, co-coordinated with Kathryn Lake Hogan of Ontario, Canada. The course was “The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region.” It was a lot of fun and went very well. However, it was an intense process to prepare for such a large endeavor. Needless to say, I’m happy I did it and I’m equally happy that it’s done. And I will likely do it again in the future.
SLIG and a week of research at the FHL started this year for me, so I’m just now able to take a breath, take stock, and make plans for 2018 in terms of my speaking schedule and my own educational plans. My speaking schedule is light, which I chalk up to spending so much of my energy last year prepping for SLIG and not spending any time marketing myself or planning for 2018, with a few exceptions. I’m happy to have a bit of a break, however!
Here’s where I’m planning to be this coming year:
- Beginning in April, I will be facilitating a discussion group on the topic of becoming a Certified Genealogist® hosted by Jill Morelli and the Seattle Genealogical Society. (For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2-5 where I am presenting: W144 “Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America”; S423 “Casting the Net: Denominational, Ethnic, and Specialized Newspaper Research”; S456 “Using PERSI Like a Pro”
- Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Athens, Georgia, June 2-7 where I will be taking “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists” taught by Tom Jones
- Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 22-27 where I will be taking “Women and Children First” by Judy G. Russell
- International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH), Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15-19 where I will be taking “Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors” by Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt and my husband will be taking “Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond” with Paul Milner
There are some other items in the fall that are still materializing but this is what I have planned so far. I hope you make the investment to enhance your genealogical education plan with conferences and institutes. Nothing beats being in class with other genealogists!
And if your society is planning an all-day seminar, consider me for your speaker. I have a lot of topics to choose from. Check my Lecture Topics page for a complete list.
I know it has been an incredibly long time since I have posted anything. I’d like to report that I have been away on a fancy vacation, backpacking across Europe or something equally as exciting and adventurous, but let’s be real here. I’m a parent and a self-employed genealogical researcher and speaker. Who has time for adventures like that? (Well, unless it’s research-related, right?)
This doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! The biggest thing that has happened is that I have taken a position as the Case Manager for my friend and colleague Deena Coutant of DigiDeena Family History Solutions. This means I am working to supervise all of the projects she’s got going, sending them to contractors, helping with marketing ideas, and working on research projects as needed. This job has been keeping me quite busy, especially as I get stabilized and familiar with the processes, and learn how to work with the contractors Deena already had in place, and helping to hire new contractors. It is an exciting time and we are having a great time working together!
I have also been busy getting my speaking schedule in order for the coming year. Here is what I have on the calendar so far:
- 13 January 2017, 10:30am, Austin Genealogical Society: “Beginning Genealogy Concepts”
- 18 January 2017, 8pm, Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series Webinar: “Who Lived Next Door? Using the FAN Club in Your Research”
- 28 February 2017, 7pm, Austin Genealogical Society: “Making Molehills Out of Mountains: Getting Organized”
- 10 March 2017, 1pm, Legacy Family Tree Webinars: “Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips”
- 10 May 2017, 11am Eastern, National Genealogical Society Conference, Raleigh, NC: “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories in Your Research”
- 22-25 May 2017, (schedule still being determined) Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR), Austin, TX: “Genealogical Collections of Texas”
- 7 June 2017, 7pm, Minnesota Genealogical Society Webinar: “Using Google’s My Maps” (as of this blog post, they hadn’t published their 2017 schedule yet)
- 19 September 2017, 7pm, Wisconsin Genealogical Society Webinar: “The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America”
*all times in Central time zone unless otherwise noted
There are several other items I have in the works, but the details aren’t firmed up yet, so when those items are worked out I will be sure to update this page and my calendar.
Here’s to 2017 being an awesome genealogy year!
I just wanted to share the events I will be attending as well as the programs I will be giving for the rest of the year. I have a busy few months ahead!
- May 4: “Evernote” Presentation – Colorado Chapter APG
- May 23-June 2: Road trip to visit family and do a little research in Ohio
- June 8-14: I will be attending Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course on methodology at IGHR (Birmingham, AL)
- June 21-July 5: Family vacation to Minnesota (I don’t have any ancestors up there, so I will probably do a lot of reading and/or writing when we aren’t fishing and canoeing.)
- July 10: “A Nose for the News” presentation – Adams County Genealogical Society
- July 20-27: I will be attending Tom Jones’ course at GRIP (Pittsburgh, PA)
- August 6: “Genealogical Education – Institutes and Home Study Options” – Boulder Genealogical Society‘s “You Asked For It” series
- August 21-24: I will be attending the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, IN
- September 10-13: I MAY be attending a research trip to Salt Lake City with the Castle Rock Genealogical Society
- September 21: “The Power of the Family Legend: How I am Related to Roy Rogers” presentation at Castle Rock Genealogical Society
- October 1: “Evernote & Evidentia” – Boulder Genealogical Society’s “You Asked For It” series
- October 5: I will be attending the first annual Rocky Mountain Genealogical Seminar featuring D. Joshua Taylor
- November 21: “Evernote” Presentation – Larimer County Genealogical Society
- December 3: Title still to be determined, topic is county histories and mug books – Boulder Genealogical Society