What lectures are you looking forward to attending at #NGS2013?

As time flies by and the NGS Family History Conference gets closer and closer, what lectures are you looking foreward to attending?

This is my first time at NGS Family History Conference and I am very excited for all of the lectures I plan on attending.  However, there are a few speakers that I am looking forward to.

Elizabeth Shown Mills – I know, she is a well-renowned speaker on genealogical things.  I have become a stalker, er, fan of her work and I am excited to hear a few of her lectures.

Lisa Louise Cooke –  I have been looking to learn how to use Evernote with my genealogy research and when I saw that Ms. Cooke will be conducting a lecture on it, I knew that I wanted to attend it!

Thomas W. Jones –  Even before they announced his new upcoming book to be published soon, I had a few of his lectures highlighted.  I had heard from other genealogist that he was an excelent speaker.  I am looking forward to his methodology lectures.

These are just a few of the speakers that I am looking forward to attending their lectures next week.  Who are you looking foward to hear speak next week at NGS Family History Conference?  If your not going, who would you like to see if you were able to go?  Let me know!

Tricia

News Bits – About.com’s Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a quick news bits item.  About.com has their Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 available for you to vote on.  I just finished my voting for today and am excited to see what the final results are!

Voting is open now until midnight (EST) on March 19, 2012 according to their website.  We can vote once per day in each category and there are 11 categories.  It’s not the easiest to navigate so let me give you this tip, when after you vote and you get to the results page, scroll or look down a few lines and you will see a link to “All Genealogy Awards”.  Click on it and it will take you back to the main page with the list of all of the categories. 

I voted in all categories but two and that was due to the fact that I didn’t use the services listed so I couldn’t consciously vote in those catagories.  Did you vote???  What did you think of it?  Let me know.  I love reading comments!

Have a great day!!!

2012 Coming to an End

As 2012 comes to an end, it is natural to think about the new upcoming year and what to do to make it better.  I don’t want to call it my resolution, but instead, my action plan.

So here is my action plan for next year.

  1. The Luna line – I had tried to get this line as complete as I could so that I could use it as my entry for the National Genealogical Society Family History Contest.  However, I was not able to complete that for this year.  My action plan will include 1) writing to the Mexican government to get birth, death and marriage records for several members of the Luna family.  Also on my action plan is to 2) Interview my Aunt Jessie who last March turned 100 years old.  This needs to be done first and I will need to talk to my cousins (her daughters) to set it up.
  2. The Sanchez line – Well this research was pretty much completed by my mother.  I plan on 1) getting her permission to post some of the family research that she did.  I don’t know much about her research and the stories she has, but I am looking forward to learning more about it.  I also want to 2) create profiles on this family as well and post them here.
  3. The Stanard line – This family line has come to a complete stop.  Well that is, I haven’t been able to progress any further with it.  There is a rumor around the family that there is an old family bible that has dates for other family members and I have been told it would further the tree.  So, my action plan for this family is to 1) Continue to look for that Bible and have my husband look for it too when he is visiting his mom’s house.  I also need to 2) gather my notes on busting through brickwalls and apply those techniques to the walls I have now.
  4. This blog – I do have an action plan for this blog as well.  Now that I am not rush to finish the NGS Family History Writing contest, I will be 1) posting more profiles from the Luna family line.  I also will be 2) posting more about the Stanard line as well.  I also want to 3) update the editorial calendar to make sure it accurately show my posting schedule. 

I don’t like resolutions because they are easy to break.  This is why I use my action plan.  I like the way it sounds, like its do-able.  So, what are your plans for the new year?  Any changes you want to make?  Post a comment and let me know.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone of my readers a safe, prosperous, and a very Happy New Year!!

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Monthly Aspirations – March 2012

Well this month starts another chapter in getting the information for my submission for the NGS Family History Writing Contest.

This month is my interviewing month.  This is the month that I planned on interviewing several family members.  The first on my list, is my Aunt.  She will be 100 years young in April and I am anxious to interview her.  Although she does speak English, I will have my dad, her younger brother, there at the interview.  I know that she is more comfortable not only having my dad around, but also speaking Spanish.  I am hoping that she reveals a lot of stories of her immigration to this country and of my grandparents when the family was first starting out.

The other items on my aspirations list is the following:

 the1940census.com

Indexing:  I have signed up and been approved as a 1940 Census Ambassador.  I am excited to help create the index list for the 1940 Census.  You can help too.  Just click on the badge above and sign up to help.  We need all the help we can get to get the index to the public sooner.

Brickwalls:  Last Saturday I broke through my brickwall that I had with my submission for the writing contest.  You can read about it here.  Now that I know my grandmother’s correct full name.  I need to research her possible parents and her possible siblings.  In order to do this, I will need to pull some microfilm from the Family History Library and go through them to find the siblings baptism records.  I also need to still search for and find the baptism record for my grandmother as well.

So those are my aspirations for this month.  What are you planning for the month of March?

Saturday Update – February 25, 2012

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending John Schmal’s Researching Your Mexican Roots: Following the Paper Trail at the West Los Angeles Family History Library.  In this class, I learned the highest priority items needed to start a search in Mexico.  It was a real eye opener.  I also learned a few facts about the Mexican state of Zacatecas (where my grandparents were from) and it helped in breaking down my brickwall on my grandmother. I was so very happy to have been searching some of the records on the Family Search website and found my grandparents marriage license!

This marriage license was a treasure trove of information, some that I had and it was verified and some that was new to me.  It verified that my great-grandfather, Salome Luna, had passed, but I didn’t know that he had passed before my grandparents were married.  It also verified that my grandmother’s father was Esteban Robles, but I found out that my great-grandmother, previously only known as Pabla, was actually Paula Esparza.  So I have found my maternal great-grandmother!

This information has led me to search for any event for Esteban Robles and Paula Esparza.  I found two more children that were born to an Esteban Robles and Paula Esparza.  There is a possibility that these two boys are my grandmother’s brothers.  The only way to find out is to order the film and look at their baptism certificate and see where they were born.  If it turns out to be her brothers, it will also tell me who my great-great-grandparents are as they are usually listed as well.  I will be ordering those films soon!

This is the same family that I am working on for my entry into the NGS Family History Writing contest.  Although I was able to break through my brick wall, I wasn’t able to interview as much of the 3rd generation that I had planned.  I will have to add that to next month to make up for it.  All in all, it was a spectacular weekend with a great brickwall buster to boot!!!

1940 Census

You can help with the indexing of the 1940 Census by joining the 1940 US Census Community Project.  I’m indexing and can’t wait to start working on it.  Are you helping index the 1940 Census?

I’m not in it, but are you?  Are your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents in it?  My dad is in it, along with his siblings and his parents.  Hopefully I will also find my great-grandmother, and my grand uncles.  That is who I will be looking for.

Who will you be looking for in the 1940 Census?  Comment and let me know.

Happy Anniversary/Valentine’s Day to Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna

Happy Anniversary and Valentine’s Day to my grandparents, Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna.

Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna (Used with permission)
When I obtained a copy of my grandfather’s Immigration file from the INS about 10 years ago, I found out that my grandfather had married my grandmother on Feburary 14, 1918. 
 
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Anniversary Grandpa and Grandma!

Open! Open! Open!

I made it into Pro Gen 15!!  Starting tomorrow, I will embark on a focused genealogy journey to learn how to be a more professional genealogist!  I can’t wait to start.  It’s like that commercial where I am standing at the glass door looking in, saying “Open!” “Open!” “Open!”

I will post more about my experiences and assigment if and when I can.  Woo Hoo!!!  I can’t believe I made it!  Congratualtions to everyone in ProGen 15!

My 2011 accomplishments and goals for 2012 – Part 1

In following Thomas MacEntee’s Open Thread Thursday, in which he asks “What did I accomplish in 2011?” and “What are my goals for 2012?”, this is part one of a two part post answering his questions.

Education – When I first started my blog, less than a year ago, It was my goal to get more serious about my genealogy research.  I had been doing genealogy research off and on for several years before the start of my blog.  I had figured that my first step back into the genealogy world had to be with education.  I had not been serious about my research for so long that I felt I may have lost my touch on my research techniques or with keeping up with genealogical technology.  I not only attended the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank in June but I met a bunch of new friends as well!  To also supplement the Jamboree conference, I attended a list of webinars, some live and some after they were originally produced.  I feel now that I have not only caught up with the times, but have surpassed my genealogy education that I had originally started with.  Another education item that I had applied for was for the next ProGen study group.  I was accepted and put on a waiting list.  Woo Hoo! I should be joining a group shortly after the new year.

Research – With the new education that I had gained, I was able to put them to good use.  I had found not only my grandfather’s Mexico Baptism record, but also for two of his daughters, and his three brothers.  It was more recently where I believe I found the baptismal records for my great-grandfather’s siblings, but that relationship still needs to be proven.  These documents caused my family line to be extended another two generations into Mexico.  This is the farthest I have gotten on my dad’s line for the last ten years.  I have also research and expanded my husband’s family back a few more generations.

Writing – In twenty days from today, it will be the first anniversary of my blog.  I remember during high school that I always wanted to be a writer.  A mystery writer to be exact, but I have found that I prefer writing about my family history instead of fiction.  I have done more writing in the past year then I did when I took a creative writing class many, many years ago!

Contest – Ever since I had decided to get serious about my family genealogy, I had decided to enter the NGS Family History Writing contest.  However, I was waiting to do this for when the NGS conference was either 1) in a state that my research was concerned about or 2) was in a state that was close to me so that if I didn’t win, it wouldn’t cost too much for me to attend.  Well it was published that the 2013 NGS conference would be in Las Vegas, NV.  I have since drafted part of my submission and have put my research on my research family into high gear.  I have until December 31, 2012 to submit my entree for this contest.  Wish me luck!!

These are the main accomplishments that pop out in my head.  When putting it down in black and white, it is amazing to me that I actually did all of this!  :-)  I can’t wait to see what I accomplish next year!

NEXT….my goals for 2012!

October’s Aspirations

This is a busy month for me, its not only my one year wedding anniversary, but my niece will be getting married the day before my anniversary!  I wish her and her new husband many years of anniversaries to come!

I have researched my father-in-law, Robert Harold Stanard and the next thing on my list of to do’s is to create a timeline and a report.  I currently have so much information that it is starting to overwhelm me.  So I am a firm believer of doing a timeline to help straighten things out, when I am overwhelmed with information.  It really helps to see what you have and find out where you need to go look next.  However, I want to start working towards being a bit more professional in my genealogy research, so I will also write up a client report on Robert Harold Stanard.  I will be writing it as if I am giving it to my husband (which I will do) and it will help me to work as a professional genealogist and focus where I will be researching next.

Another aspiration will be to post more to my blog.  The editorial calendar will be helpful with that, but I also have some other posts I need to do.  I had another trip to the L.A. Superior Court – Archives and obtained two divorce petitions and judgements and I would like to write about that.  I would like to post that sometime this week.

Last but not least, I need to make another trip to the LA Family History Center.  I ordered some microfilms which might have information on my paternal grandparents and great-grandparents birth, marriage and death and I need to look at them and see what information they hold for me.

That’s what I have so far.  What do you aspire to complete this month on your genealogy??? Post a comment and let me know, I would love to read it!

Have a great day!!