rootstories http://www.rootstories.com What's Your Rootstory? Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:52:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Genealogy, Family History and Personal History Library http://www.rootstories.com/my-genealogy-family-history-and-personal-history-library/ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:12:18 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=441 The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians   by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. and Andrew Easier

How to do Everything Genealogy by George G. Morgan

Genealogical & Local History Books in Print: A catalog of over 10,000 intriguing and informative titles, arranged by subject and locality; with full ordering information for each, Third Edition          by Nettie Schreiner Yantis

Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, Second Edition by Donald L. Jacobus

Pitfalls in Genealogical Research by Milton Rubincam

Finding your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide by Sherry Irvine

French Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists by Patricia Kenney Geyh

The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy, Third Edition by Loretto Dennis Szucs

Scottish Genealogy by Bruce Durie

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: The Official Guide by National Archives of Scotland

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition by Val D. Greenwood

Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry

Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History by Mark D. Herber

From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History            by Arthur Kurzweil

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy: Sources in the United States and Canada                            Edited by Arthur Kurzweil and Miriam Weiner

Mayflower Increasings – Second Edition (From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants)

By Susan E. Roser

Plymouth Colony Its History & People 1620-1691

By Eugene Aubrey Stratton

New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

By the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Personal and Family History Library:

Pages of my Life Anthology

by Paula Stahel, Editor (thank you, Paula!)

Become a Memoirist for Elders: Create a Successful Home Business

by Mary O’Brien Tyrrell

How to Start and Run a Personal History Business                                                                                  by Jennifer Campbell

You Can Write Your Family History

by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Your Life as Story

by Tristine Rainer

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Adding Genealogy to Your Personal Histories http://www.rootstories.com/adding-genealogy-to-your-personal-histories-2/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:14:21 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=426 Genealogy and personal history are a natural fit. Genealogists and personal historians are both driven by the desire to preserve the histories of and tell stories about people. You may realize the power of seeing a census record or vital record in the context of your work; it not only adds proof, but also visual interest. Census and vital records are just the tip of the iceberg. Consider military, immigration and naturalization, tax, probate, land, historical newspapers, and a variety of other records as well. These records help paint a picture. Not sure how or where to start? Here are a few ideas:

Call a Genealogist

While you can find a wealth of information on your own, consider hiring a professional genealogist. If you decide to hire or collaborate with a professional, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists are good places to find one.

Genealogical Proof Standard 

Should you decide to go it alone, keep in mind the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) when doing your work. According to the BCG, the GPS consists of five elements:

  • a reasonably exhaustive search;
  • complete and accurate source citations;
  • analysis and correlation of the collected information;
  • resolution of any conflicting evidence; and
  • a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.

Education

You can find webinars, classes, and a wealth of information online. The National Genealogical Society and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offer classes if you want to expand your skills and build your confidence (and the services you can offer your clients). Join your local genealogy society. They oftentimes offer classes and special interest groups.

Resources

Cyndi’s ListLinkpendium, and One-Step Pages by Steven P. Morse are great starting points to help you find genealogical resources on the Internet. Other great places to look are Family Search (see their Wiki as well) AncestryGoogleGoogle BooksFind A Grave and BillionGraves.

Infusing your personal histories with genealogy will add another dimension to your work. Give it a shot!

Originally published for the October 2014 issue of APH’s The Perstorian
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8 Top Websites for Videography Training http://www.rootstories.com/8-top-sites-for-videography-training/ Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:45:32 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=384 avatar

Do you want to create a video personal history, but aren’t sure how to get started? Here are a few websites that can help you get on your way to making quality video on a budget with little or no experience.

Also see my Top 100+ Interview Questions for family and personal history interviews.

 

 

Hurlbut Visuals Blog. “A trused and innovative learning authority for experienced and aspiring filmmakers globally.”

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Lynda.com. “Learn about videography and motion graphics, including tutorials on storyboarding, color correction, lighting, and video editing in After Effects, Premiere Pro, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro.”

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MediaCollege. “… a free educational website for all forms of electronic media. We have hundreds of exclusive tutorials covering video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design and more.”

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TheC47.com. “theC47 is an online and offline resource for production based training and information. More specifically, theC47 produces and provides educational content that focuses on the craft of both video production and filmmaking.”

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Videomaker. “This is the place to start for videography training. Here you will find hundreds of articles about audio/video software, video editing hardware, and help with video lighting techniques.”

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Video 101. “Offers tutorials on the fundamentals of film and video production. Includes video clips, flash animations, and explanations.”

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VideoUniversity. “Hundreds of free articles for new and advanced videographers. Here’s a sample:  50 Ways To Improve Your Video Business; Video Art – An Introduction;  Audio for Video — Part 1 Tape Formats and Hardware;  Audio For Video – Part 2 Microphones & Techniques;  Audio For Video – Part 3 Audio Production Techniques.”

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Vimeo Video School. “…a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos. Start by browsing our Vimeo Lessons, or find specific video tutorials created by other members.”

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Are there other you recommend? Please let me know in the comments.

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100+ Family Interview Questions http://www.rootstories.com/100-family-interview-questions/ http://www.rootstories.com/100-family-interview-questions/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:44:57 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=362 avatarInterview tips
  • Ask permission to record the interview on audio (at a minimum) and on video if you have that capability.
  • See my post 8 Top Websites for Videography Training.
  • Most smartphones have voice recorder apps that work quite well. I have used the “Voice Recorder” app with success on Android. If you have a video camera and your family member is willing to be recorded, by all means, do that.
  • Get help if you need it.
  • Test the audio before you begin.
  • Take notes while you are interviewing your family member.
  • Be sure you are in a quiet, comfortable room where you will not be interrupted or distracted and can get a good recording. Try not to push too much. If you see that the person you are interviewing is becoming tired, emotional or frustrated, pause and offer resume the interview another time. Bring tissues just in case.
  • Back-up your audio/video files! You do not want to lose them. They may become cherished keepsakes one day.
  • Transcribe the audio as soon as you can after the interview. There are several free and paid options for transcription software available online that could save you quite a bit of time.

If you could ask one ancestor any question who would it be and what would you ask? Please answer in the comments section below.

Here is a list I have compiled that you can use when interviewing your family members. I recommend that you tailor this list for each person you interview based on your knowledge of them. Some questions may apply, some may not, and you may have additional questions.

If you have suggestions for additional questions to ask living relatives, feel free to add those, too! 🙂

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Image Courtesy: Flickr Creative Commons http://tinyurl.com/lzkz7vj

Childhood

  1. What is your first memory?
  2. What was your favorite color as a child?
  3. What was your favorite food?
  4. What was the first toy you remember?
  5. What was your favorite toy?
  6. Who was your best friend while you were growing up?
  7. Where did you go to school?
  8. What was your favorite subject? Why?
  9. What was your least favorite subject? Why?
  10. Which grade level did you complete?
  11. Did you have a pet(s)? If so, tell me about them. What were their names?
  12. Did anyone in your family play a musical instrument when you were a child? If so, who and which instrument(s)?
  13. Where did you live?
  14. How long did your family live in the area(s)?
  15. Did other family members live nearby? Who?
  16. Did you family have close friends who lived nearby? If so, tell me about them.
  17. Did you live on a farm? If so, what kind of crops did your family grow? What kind of animals did you have on the farm?
  18. What were your favorite meals as a child?
  19. What was your house or apartment like? How many rooms did it have?
  20. Did you have television? Radio? Indoor plumbing? Electricity? Tell me more…
  21. What kind of area/neighborhood was it?
  22. Did the town have public transportation? A post office? What kind of stores or businesses did it have? Tell me more…
  23. Was you family religious? If so, which religion and did you go to church? If yes, which church(es)? Did you take part in religious ceremonies? 
  24. Did you have godparents or sponsors? If so, who were they? Tell me about them.
  25. Did you have any hobbies when you were growing up? If so, which ones?
  26. Did you play any sports? If so, which ones?
  27. What kind of games did you play?
  28. What did you do for fun?
  29. What was your favorite song(s) as a child? 
  30. Tell me a story that were told to you as a child. Who told you this story? Was it true or fiction?
  31. Tell me about events that stand out in your memory from your childhood.
  32. Would you like to add anything? Is there anything I missed?


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  1. How many siblings do you have? What were/are their names and how old were they compared to you? Tell me about them.
  2. What are the dates of birth and death (if applicable) of your family members?
  3. Where were they were born?
  4. Where did they die? (if applicable)
  5. Where are they buried? (if applicable)
  6. Did your family ever take trips or go on vacation? If so, when and where?
  7. Did your family have reunions? If so, tell me about them.
  8. Tell me more about your family members and their personalities.
  9. Did you get in fights with your siblings?
  10. How would you describe your relationship with each of your family members?
  11. Who was you favorite relative and why?
  12. Did you have a favorite aunt and/or uncle? Who was that? Why?
  13. Do you remember your grandparents? If so, tell me about them.
  14. Who was the oldest living relative you met? Did you meet your great grandparents? What do you remember about them?
  15. Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
  16. Were there any serious injuries, diseases or illnesses in your family?
  17. Do any diseases run in the family?
  18. Did your family have any traditions? If so, tell me about them.
  19. What was your father’s occupation? Where did he work?
  20. Did your mother work? If so, what did she do and where did she work?
  21. Did anyone in your family serve in the military? If so who and when/where did they serve?
  22. Did anyone in your family ever hold a public office? If so, who and when/which office(s)?
  23. Would you like to add anything? Is there anything I missed?

Family History/Genealogy The Margarets and Uncle Butch

  1. Tell me what you know about the family history?
  2. Did anyone in your family pass down family photos, yearbooks, cookbooks, recipes, scrapbooks, keepsakes, ephemera, or other items? If so, do you know who what those items were and where they are now? If you have any, could you show them to me?
  3. Do you have any birth, marriage, death, immigration, school, military or other records that you could share with me?
  4. Was anyone in your family the family historian/genealogist? If so, who? Do you have that information? If not, do you know who does?
  5. Were there any family legends? What were they? Do you know if think they are true?
  6. Were there any heroes? Who were they? What do you know about them?
  7. Were there any black sheep? Who were they? What do you know about them?
  8. Are there any brick walls or mysteries that you would like to solve?
  9. Do you know from where your family immigrated?
  10. Do you know when and why?
  11. Have you ever taken a DNA test?
  12. Would you be willing to take a DNA test?
  13. Would you like to add anything? Is there anything I missed?

Adulthood  Rosie Ackley - Mom's Aunt

  1. Did you go to college?
  2. If so, where and what did you study?
  3. Do you speak any foreign languages? If so, which ones and when did you learn them? How long have you spoken them? Did you speak them in the home? Does/did anyone else in your family speak foreign languages?
  4. Did you work? What did you do? Where? When?
  5. What were your favorite meals as an adult?
  6. Do you have family recipes?
  7. Were you ever mentioned in a newspaper? If so, when and why? Tell me more about it.
  8. Did you or your family belong to any organizations? If so, which ones?
  9. Tell me about any skills you or any of your family members have/had?
  10. When did you move away from home?
  11. What inventions or developments changed your life, and how?
  12. How is life different now from when you were a child? How has it evolved/changed?
  13. Would you like to add anything? Is there anything I missed?

Love & Marriage

Image Courtesy: Flickr Creative Commons http://tinyurl.com/meolu6h

  1. Have you ever been married? If so, how many times? What is/was his/her/their name(s)
  2. When did you get married? (If married more than once ask these question for each marriage.)
  3. Where/when did you meet your husband/wife?
  4. Was it love at first sight?
  5. Do you remember your first date? Could you tell me about it?
  6. What drew you to him/her?
  7. How long did you date before getting married?
  8. Where did you get married?
  9. Who was in your wedding party? Who attended?
  10. Did you have a reception? Where was it held? What do you remember most about it? Was there music? What songs were played?
  11. Do you have a copy of your wedding invitation or any other keepsakes from your wedding?
  12. Was there an announcement in the newspaper? Which paper?
  13. What was your favorite gift from your spouse(s)?
  14. Did you give them any special gifts? If so, what was it?
  15. Were there any other special people or great loves in your life? Tell me about them.
  16. Do you remember your first kiss? Who was it? Can you tell me more about him or her? How old were you? How did it make you feel?
  17. Would you like to add anything? Is there anything I missed?

Childrengg aunts

  1. How many children do you have?
  2. How many are still living?
  3. What are their names and ages?
  4. When and where were each of them born?
  5. If any of your children are deceased, when and how did they die?
  6. Where are they buried?
  7. What stories did you tell your children when they were growing up?
  8. Did you have a pet(s) when your children were growing up? If so, tell me about them. What were their names?
  9. Where did you live at this time?
  10. How long did your family live in the area(s)?
  11. Did other family members live nearby? Who?
  12. Did you family have close friends who lived nearby? If so, tell me about them.
  13. Did you live on a farm? If so, what kind of crops did your family grow? What kind of animals did you have on the farm?
  14. What were your children’s favorite meals? Yours? Your spouses or significant other’s?
  15. What was your house or apartment like? How many rooms did it have?
  16. Did you have television? Radio? Indoor plumbing? Electricity? Tell me more…
  17. What kind of area/neighborhood was it?
  18. Did the town have public transportation? A post office? What kind of stores or businesses did it have? Tell me more…
  19. Was you family religious? If so, which religion and did you go to church? If yes, which church(es)? Did you take part in religious ceremonies?
  20. Did your children have godparents or sponsors? If so, who were they? Tell me about them. Why did you choose them?
  21. Did your children have any hobbies when they were growing up? If so, which ones?
  22. Did anyone in your family play a musical instrument? If so, who and which instrument(s)?
  23. Did your children play any sports? If so, which ones?
  24. What kind of games did your children play?
  25. What did your children do for fun?
  26. What do you like most about being a parent?
  27. What was one of your best memories of each of your children?
  28. When were you most proud of each of your children?
  29. Would you like to add anything? Is there anything I missed?

 

If you could ask one ancestor any question who would it be and what would you ask? Please answer in the comments section. If you have suggestions for additional questions to ask living relatives, feel free to add those, too! 🙂

 

 

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Book Review: “Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes” by John Kotzian http://www.rootstories.com/book-review-sky-pilot-of-the-great-lakes-by-john-kotzian/ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=332 sky pilot of the great lakes coverAnyone interested in the personal history, genealogy, the history of the Great Lakes, maritime history, lighthouses, Michigan history, or the story of someone who dedicates his life to serving others, sometimes at his own peril, will want to read “Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes” by John Kotzian. “Sky Pilot” is a labor of love about Kotzian’s great-great-grandfather and Kotzian’s first book. “Sky Pilot” meant chaplain in sailor’s slang. “Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes” was a nickname given to Reverend William H. Law by the sailors, lighthouse keepers and others he served who revered him.

After being rescued from Lake Huron by a Life-Saving Service crew, Rev. Law devoted his life to helping others, oftentimes with great bravery and personal cost and sacrifice. Rev. Law was a Baptist minister and a Canadian immigrant. He was a hero who saved countless lives through his life-saving missions and tireless work the better the lives of others. His story may have otherwise been forgotten were it not for this book. He was also a writer whose writing provided much needed entertainment for lighthouse keepers who led otherwise mundane lives.

“I have so many good things to say in writing about others that I can’t think of writing about such common things in my own life.” -Rev. William H. Law, 1906

“Sky Pilot” is a wonderful example of how to incorporate genealogy into personal history. It was extensively researched and incorporated quotes from the works of Rev. Law, as well as naturalization records, census records, homestead applications, U.S. Congress records, Baptist archive records, compiled interviews, letters, correspondence, and published histories.

Visit Kotzian’s website to order an autographed copy of “Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes” and read more about this story at http://www.johnkotzian.com. The book is also available at Amazon.com, Avery Color Studios, Foghorn Publishing, Barnes & Noble and retail locations in the Great Lakes Region.

Disclaimer: I know John Kotzian. He did not pay me to write this review.

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DNA and other Adoption Resources http://www.rootstories.com/dna-and-other-adoption-resources/ Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=339 avatar

My wonderful Aunt Barb (she is not biologically my aunt, but a friend of the family) mentioned to one of my sisters recently that her beloved husband, Russ (who died of cancer far too young) was adopted and that she would like to find his biological family and research his genealogy for her children and grandchildren. We did not know that Uncle Russ was adopted! Of course, I offered to help.

 

Coincidentally, I had recently read a book by Richard Hill, who embarked on a quest several years ago to find his birth family called, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. It is a riveting personal history that you will want to read in one sitting. Like Hill, my Aunt Barb and I are from Michigan. The references to various places in Michigan make the book that much more interesting to me.

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Hill used good, old-fashioned detective work, genealogy, and DNA testing to help him find the answers he sought. In the book Hill references an organization called Adoptees Search for Knowledge (ASK)* and woman named Jeanette from this organization who played a prominent role in helping Hill find his family. If you or a client is in a similar situation, consider reaching out to ASK or other similar organizations for help.

Hill also wrote an e-book Guide to DNA Testing. You can find it at his website DNA Testing Adviser: http://www.dna-testing-adviser.com/AdoptionSearch.html. In this book he describes and compares the three major test types: autosomal, MTDNA/female, and YDNA/male, as well as the three major testing companies:

 

Family Tree DNA (a simple swab test)

https://www.familytreedna.com

23andMe (also a simple swab test)

https://www.23andme.com

and Ancestry (Saliva test)

www.ancestry.com

Hill explains the purposes of all of the tests and their strengths and weaknesses.

 

Additional adoption/dna resources

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents?

 

National Support Groups

American Adoption Congress
1025 Conncticut Ave., NW, Ste. 1012
Washington DC, 20036
(202) 483-3399
www.amercianadoptioncongress.org

Concerned United Birthparents, Inc.
P O Box 503475
San Diego CA 92150-3475
1-800-822-2777
www.cubirthparetns.org

Midwest Adoptive Families
2979 Oakshire
Berkley, MI
(248) 530-1344
Midwesadoptivefamiliessubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Adoptees Liberty Movement Association
P.O. Box 727
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10101-0727
(212) 587-1568

MICHIGAN ADOPTION SEARCH AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Post Adoption Resource Center

1-866-702-0727
www.PARCoakland-orchards.org

Adoption Identity Movement of MI (AIM)
P O Box 812
Hazel Park MI 48030
(248) 850-8910
www.michigansearching.com

Adoption Identity Movement of Grand Rapids (AIM)
5767 Leisure S. Dr. SE
Kentwood, Michigan 49548
(616) 531-1380

Kalamazoo Birthparents Support Group
Adoption Insight
P.O. Box 2183
Portage, MI 49081
(269) 324-9987

People Impacted by Adoption/ CSS
Birthparent Support Group
4925 Packard
Ann Arbor MI 48108
(734) 971-9781 ext 322

Adopted Teen/Parent Support Group
Truth in the Adoption Triad
29260 Franklin Rd, Ste 115
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 353-8687

Michigan Assn. for Openness in Adoption
3244 Pembrook Drive
Traverse City MI 49684
1-800-452-3678

*Adoptees Search for Knowledge (A.S.K.) 
P.O. Box 762
East Lansing, MI 48826-0762
(517) 321-7291

Bonding by Blood, Unlimited
5845 Waterman Rd.
Vassar, MI 48768-9790
(989) 823-4013
mfoess@gmail.com

Adoption Support Group for Adopted Parents
129 E. Third St.
Flint, MI 48502
(888) 200-8915
Peace With the Past

Macomb Library
40900 Romeo Plank Rd
Clinton Twp., MI 48038
(586) 855-6650 or (248) 830-6966

Post Adoption Support Services
N. 1194 W. Tie Lake Rd.
Wetmore, MI 49895

Truth in the Adoption Triad
6634 Gage St.
Gagetown, MI 48735
(989) 665-0210

Adopted Child
2979 Oakshire
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 530-1344
adoptedchild-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

State of Michigan and National Registries

Michigan Central Adoption Registry
Department of Human Services
PO Box 30037
Lansing MI 48909
(517) 335-6075

International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
P O Box 2312
Carson City NV 89702
(775) 882-7755

Are there other relatives, neighbors or anyone else you can think of who may have information that could help you or your client?

Put on your detective hat. Think Miss Marple or Agatha Christie. Good luck!

 

 

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How to Infuse Your Personal Histories with Genealogy http://www.rootstories.com/adding-genealogy-to-your-personal-histories/ Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:01:41 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=321 This article was written for the October 2014 issue of the Association of Personal Historians newsletter the Perstorian.

By Kimberly Tucker, M.Ed.

Genealogy and personal history are a natural fit. Genealogists and personal historians are both driven by the desire to preserve the histories of and tell stories about people. You may realize the power of seeing a census record or vital record in the context of your work – it not only adds proof, but also visual interest. Census and vital records are just the tip of the iceberg. Consider military, immigration and naturalization, tax, probate, land, historical newspapers, and a variety of other records as well. These records help paint a picture. Not sure how or where to start? Here are a few ideas.

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Call a Genealogist

While you can find a wealth of information on your own, consider hiring a professional genealogist. If you decide to hire or collaborate with a professional, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists are good places to find one.

The Genealogical Proof Standard

Should you decide to go it alone, keep in mind the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) when doing your work. According to the BCG, the GPS consists of five elements:

  • a reasonably exhaustive search;
  • complete and accurate source citations;
  • analysis and correlation of the collected information;
  • resolution of any conflicting evidence; and
  • a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.

Education

You can find webinars, classes, and a wealth of information online. The National Genealogical Society and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offer classes if you want to expand your skills and build your confidence (and the services you can offer your clients). Join your local genealogy society. They oftentimes offer classes and special interest groups.

Resources

Cyndi’s List, Linkpendium, and One-Step Pages by Steven P. Morse are great starting points to help you find genealogical resources on the Internet. Other great places to look are: FamilySearch (see their Wiki as well) Ancestry, Google, Google Books, Find A Grave and BillionGraves.

Infusing your personal histories with genealogy will add another dimension to your work. Give it a shot!

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Lydia and Ralph http://www.rootstories.com/lydia-and-ralph/ Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:06:38 +0000 http://www.rootstories.com/?p=60 Lydia Low BAIRD (10 Feb. 1902 – 1 May 1996) and Ralph Waldo MUNCY (26 Apr. 1902 – 28 Mar. 1992) were founding members of the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County (Michigan). Lydia was my 1st cousin 3 times removed on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. When Lydia died, she donated most of their genealogy research (and other items) to the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Meanwhile… I found this letter from Lydia and Ralph to my grandparents in a family bible which was passed down to me from my mother. The letter is a short history of their lives (and is political – they were involved in Michigan politics) and includes a hand-written message at the bottom as well as the addresses for both Lydia and Ralph and my grandparents. The transcription of the handwritten message is:

“Thanks for the map and info. re: Bruce St. Think I picked out the right house when I was there with Nancy and her girls. My parents lived on Bruce St. when they were first married. Theobald my brother was a baby when the house was struck by lightning. My mother rushed out in the storm with [him] in her arms. He died of convolutions some time after that. That part of town is known as the R B Baird subdivision developed by Dr. Baird – my father’s youngest brother – father of Eunice and Beth.”

Thank you Lydia and Ralph!

Lydia Low BAIRD

Lydia Low BAIRD

Ralph Waldo MUNCY

Ralph Waldo MUNCY

 

 

 

 

 

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