When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FGS 2015~The Family History Library~It's All About That Plan!

   Just 6 weeks from today and I will be on my way to Salt Lake City to attend FGS 2015 and Rootstech. Two genealogy conferences that will be help Feb. 11-14.

    In addition to the excitement of learning from the best and the fun of meeting old and new friends during the week, I am looking forward to spending time at the Family History Library.
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
   When I lived in Provo, Utah many years ago, I would catch the bus to Salt Lake and spend the day at the library. Once, I spent 3 straight days there from open to close! Those were the days before the internet and so many great resources on line.
   It's been about 10 years since I have been able to visit The Family History Library and I plan on being there the whole day on Monday after the conferences are over. I may sneak in some time in the evenings during conference week if I can.
   If you haven't visited this fabulous research center, or if you're like me and haven't been there in a while, making a plan of what to do and what to research is a must before going.
   To begin planning, visit The Family History Library Website.  The Tips For Visiting the Library link is most helpful and will walk you through what you need to know before and during your visit.
   The library is huge and can be overwhelming if you are not prepared.  The staff is wonderful and will help but you will make the most of your time if you have a plan.

   What am I doing to prepare? First, I am checking my to do list to see what I need. What am I missing? What questions do I need answered?       Next, I am looking at the Family History Library Catalog to see what is available. Are there records on line that I need to look at before I go? What is available only in the library?

 Those only in the library resources will be my top priority. A list is being compiled so that I will know when I walk in the door what I am there for and what I need to do.
  The last thing I am doing is trying to figure out which way to capture the information that I am hoping to find.  Would Evernote, a spreadsheet or old fashioned paper and pencil work best for me in this situation? Do I want to bring money to photocopy or use my Camscanner app on my phone or both?

   There is no fool proof method and everyone needs to figure out what works best for them. Even the best made plans can sometimes go awry and adjustments may have to be made but having a plan and working your plan the best you can is the way to go when visiting any research facility especially one as big as the FHL!
   I am looking forward to spending time looking or my ancestors in Salt Lake in February! Hopefully, I will run into some other genealogy friends in the library as well.Maybe some genealogy serendipity will come into play and I will meet a cousin!
 Are you going to Salt Lake in February? It's not too late to register!

    Hope to see y'all there!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Caroling~Only One More Sleep Til Christmas

Footenote Maven's Blog Caroling

        Every Christmas Eve, my children-even the adult unmarried ones-have all gathered in one bedroom to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol and have a sleep over in the oldest child's bedroom.  
 When I asked my 24 year son, who is home from college, if they are going to continue the tradition this year he said:
" After all, it's only one more sleep 'til Christmas!"

Want to participate in Blog Caroling this year? 
Here's the link:Footnote Maven Tradition of Blog Caroling

Merry Christmas!

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Dec. 21-Dec. 27

Dec. 25~
   My paternal 5th Great Grandfather, John Dargan (1749-1817) died on Christmas Day in Sumter District, South Carolina 197 years ago. He was buried in Dargan Cemetery located in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina. 

Are we kin? Please contact me.Together we can find out people!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Dec. 14-Dec. 20


Dec. 18~

    My paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882) died 132 years ago. He was buried in Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in what is now Florence County, South Carolina.

   Mary  Elizabeth Stafford Dority (Abt. 1843-1930), my maternal Great Great Grandmother died 84 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. She is buried in Sumter Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina. 

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar


December 10~
 My paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary Ellen Jones Baker (1826-1865), was born 188 years ago most likely in Sumter District, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Ludolphis Jones (1797-1870) and Margaret Elizabeth Chandler

December 11~ 
 The 142 anniversary of my maternal Great Great Grandparents, William A. McManus (1854-1919) and Francis Virginia McRady (1856-1903). William was 18 and Fannie 16 when they married in Sumter County, South Carolina. 

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 1, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Nov. 30-Dec. 6

December 1~
     My maternal Great Grandmother Beulah Mae Price Roberts (1897-1980) died 34 years ago in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina and is buried there in Quaker Cemetery. Beulah died at age 83 of heart disease.
December 2~
  John Milton Dargan (1799-1847), my paternal 4th Great Grandfather would be celebrating his 215th birthday on this day.  John was the son of  John Dargan (1749-1817) and Mary Strother (1772-1822) and may have been born in Sumter District, South Carolina.

December 5~
     Mary Christine Williams Sullivan (1896-1930), my maternal Step Great Grandmother, was born 118 years ago in Kershaw County, South Carolina. Christine was the daughter of James Lewis Williams ( 1873-1937) and Lizzie Pettigrew (died before 1900).

December 6~
  My maternal Grandmother, Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) would have been 93 years old on this day. Azile was born in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina to Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta McManus (1894-1936). Miss you so much, Grandmom! Happy Birthday!

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people!