Grandpa’s Graduations

Early June is graduation season, which represents a lot of educational milestones. Although certainly not the earliest evidence of education I have for my ancestors, I noticed that, all the chapters of the educational career of my grandfather, William J. Straughen (1933-2015), came to a close in the same week spread out in four-year increments.... Continue Reading →

10 Webinars to Watch

I've said many times on my blog that one of my favorite ways to keep up my genealogy education is through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. As much as I love conferences, it's much cheaper (and cozier) to watch webinars at home in my pajamas. I have had a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars for... Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up RootsTech 2019

My third trip to RootsTech was the best one yet. I attended some of the best sessions I've ever been to and caught up with many friends from Twitter, Facebook, and past conferences. I was pleased with a number of the changes that were made from the last two years, including the addition of new... Continue Reading →

My RootsTech Day Bag

Today I packed for RootsTech 2019! I have been working on planning some carry-on only travel to Europe in the fall, so I've had packing on the brain this week and it's spilling over into this week's blog post. After two years of packing waaaay too much in a suitcase that was waaaay too big... Continue Reading →

5 Recent Reads

Whether you've got a program at your library or are just looking for a something to do at the beach, it seems like summer is a time for reading. Good or bad, here are five recent genealogy-related books I've read and a quick review of each. 1. Archive Photography: How to photograph oversize photos, curled... Continue Reading →

Genealogy on YouTube

I am an avid consumer of content on YouTube. Most of it has nothing to do with genealogy, but more and more I find myself wishing I had genealogy related content lining up in my subscription box. I have set out to round up all the active YouTube channels providing regular educational or entertaining genealogical content... Continue Reading →

1st Quarter Goals Update

Back in January I set a long list of my genealogy goals for 2018. Now that we are three months into the year, I thought it would be a good time to give an update on my progress! Adding events to my Google Calendar has been the biggest factor in making progress on these goals.... Continue Reading →

My Genealogy Goals for 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Okay, I'm a little late, but I've been out of town for a few weeks. Now I'm back, graduated, and not yet employed. Let's start the new year off by reviewing the goals I set in a blog post this time last year: Research - 3 out of 4 goals achieved, not... Continue Reading →

It’s Graduation Day!

Today I am graduating from Indiana University with my Master of Library Science. (Ok, the picture is from my undergraduate days.) I initially made the decision to pursue this career path because I saw it as an opportunity to keep my passion for genealogy close to my work. After a year and a half of... Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up RootsTech 2017

How do I begin to summarize the incredible weekend that was RootsTech?? I had a wonderful time meeting new people, learning new research strategies, hearing fantastic speakers and enjoying the gorgeous city of Salt Lake. I am so appreciative of the RootsTech organizers for offering the student discount that made my trip feasible on a... Continue Reading →

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! January 7

I love participating in Randy Seaver's SNGF series! You can find a link to the original post here if you want to participate. This week's prompt is: What goals do you have for your genealogy research, education and writing during 2017? Research Complete the entire 2017 Genealogy Do Over program from Thomas MacEntee. As I have... Continue Reading →

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