Category Archives: Personal History

John Mellencamp rocks on

Let’s get some biased points immediately out of the way. One: I am a native Hoosier who grew up in a small town. For those unfamiliar with the word, a Hoosier is a person from the state of Indiana. Two: … Continue reading

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Family Tree

Thanks to a free HBO Freeview this weekend, I was able to watch Family Tree, the HBO television series by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. Finally. For months I’ve followed chatter about the show on Twitter. And now I know what all the … Continue reading

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FGS 2013

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference recently held in Fort Wayne, Ind., from August 21-24, 2013, did not disappoint this blogger. As with other genealogy programs, the professionalism and knowledge shared by all presenters was impressive. But now that the traveling … Continue reading

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Essential Packing for a Genealogy Conference

Whether arriving in Fort Wayne by plane, train, automobile, or bus, here are a few essential items for a genealogy conference that fit easily into a purse, bag, or backpack. Although admittedly low-tech, I’ve find these things vital for taking … Continue reading

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So many choices, so little time

One benefit of attending a genealogy conference is the wide variety of available lectures and workshops offered in a few days. But how to select which sessions to attend? In no particular order, I present the following suggestions. 1. Don’t let … Continue reading

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Planning for flexible fun

The first genealogy conference I ever attended was the 2007 conference in Fort Wayne, Ind. At the time, my main plan was navigating my way through the program schedule, finding the sessions that suited my interests and abilities. A secondary … Continue reading

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Discovering the living and the dead

At its core, genealogy is a solitary activity. We, as genealogists, like nothing better than paging through stacks of research materials. We love the musty smell of old, yellow pages. We embrace the quiet solitude of The Genealogy Center at … Continue reading

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