Great news this week from Mocavo ! They recently merged with Find My Past Family. Now they are offering US Federal Census index online for FREE forever. This is great for researchers who are looking to dig into the treasure trove of census records.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand-baby
This is June and we are 1/2 way into the year. This is a great time to review our genealogy goals that were set at the beginning of year. Everything seems possible at the beginning of the year.
Don’t give up hope. There’s still time to accomplish a lot in the remainder of the year.
Take small bites of the elephant.
Determine what your 3 biggest goals are. Take each goal and break it down into manageable chunks.
Set up a weekly schedule. Don’t forget use your research journal. This will help you to remember what you’ve done and what you still need to do.
Try to get an accountability partner. Someone that you can check in with and who will ask you about your goals and if you are staying on track.
The study of genealogy can be very enlightening. Especially, if you don’t allow your preconceived notions of your family history to dissuade you from deepening your knowledge when new information is uncovered. This link http://nyti.ms/1oQKukU from the NY Times outlines the discovery of a NY Roman Catholic Cardinal who was later found to be the grandson of a Rabbi. This is a great example of new information adding a totally new chapter to a families history.
Keep your eyes open for information. Don’t disregard a discovery just because it clashes against what you’ve been told previously or even researched. Look at the information carefully, find corroborating data, evaluate it and then make your decision.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand baby
I just saw a great picture on one of the social media platforms that I frequent. The picture is shown above. My answer to this question would be, my Dad and my Granny. My Dad because there’s so much I didn’t even know to ask him about his life growing up and what his parents were like. My Granny because I miss her and she was so loving and we always had a great time together.
In a lot of ways family history is a way to “speak” to those who have passed on. We learn about them, where they lived, who their parents were etc. Don’t wait till someone has passed away to think about questions to ask them about their life. Sit down now with the people in your family and ask them questions about their life. In addition to that, let them talk. Don’t interrupt unless you need to clarify . You would be surprised what you can learn when you let individuals “ramble” on.
Develop a list of questions to ask your relatives. Allow the interviewees to use the questions as a guide. Let them become comfortable so they can open up. Some interviewers like to do audio or video recording. (Ask their person if you want to record the interview.) Taking notes can, sometimes, distract from what the interviewee is saying.
Think about what you would like someone to know about you and start from there.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand baby