12 April 2014

4 busy months of genealogical education for me

I just updated my large wall calendar that I see each time I walk into my office. I have a busy next four months. I hope you will be able to join me at one or more of these places where I will be lecturing. Be sure to click on the links for full details on the hotels, registration and all the presentations at each event.
  • June 6-8, Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, California. My presentations are: 
    • Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records
    • Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log
    • What Next? Hands-on Research Planning
  •  July 20-25, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My presentations are in two of the courses:
    • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper: (12 sessions)
    • Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives (2 sessions)
  •  August 3-8, GRIP on the Road in Orchard Lake, Michigan (suburban Detroit). My presentations are: 
    • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper: (12 sessions) 
    • Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780-1840 (2 sessions)
  •  August 27-30, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, San Antonio, Texas. My presentations are: 
    • The Dotted Line: Sign Before Other Steps
    • Volunteering from a Distance
    • Research Gems: Southern and Western Historical and Sociological Journals

11 April 2014

Proven: A private railroad car for L. F. Slaker

A family story is proven! Many years ago, I was told a similar story by two older relatives. Last night I found the proof of the story. The story was that my Great Granduncle Louis F. Slaker was so important with the Omaha railroad (Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha  Railway) to have his own private railroad car. I have researched and documented much about the Slaker (Schleicher) family in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, California, Washington and other places. Louis served the railroad in many capacities, including several division supervisory roles. Louis' sister Emma Slaker Stuart is one of my paternal great grandmothers. Louis is usually found as L. F. Slaker.

Newspapers in many localities reports railroad activities and also local news related to railroad personnel. It's been a great way to follow other Slaker and Stuart family members through their movements in Wisconsin and Minnesota as they worked at various railroad jobs. L. F. Slaker appeared more than other family members due to his job level.

Earlier tonight I found that aforementioned proof. A local news item in one newspaper mentioned his private railroad car. I also found other mentions of this car, visiting family, job changes, vacations, and more in local news columns.


Worthington Advance [MN], 24 February 1905, page 5, column 2

The full article newspaper can be viewed at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website.

30 March 2014

North Dakota State University Archives and Institute for Regional Studies reopens

It's always a good thing when a great research place stays open. It's sad when one is closed, even temporarily. In the case of the Institute for Regional Studies and the North Dakota State University Archives, that temporarily closed is now in the past. It has reopened in a new location.

I noted the announcement in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's March 29th online edition. The article gives a good overview of the collections. It also says "It isn’t easy to find the new location of the North Dakota State University Archives. Stashed out in the old Knox Lumber Co. warehouse at 3551 7th Ave. N., it’s the last right turn before Interstate 29 on Seventh Avenue."

I used to spend a lot of time researching at the Institute when it was located in the university's main library. What a wealth of information for North Dakota and also for some families along the North Dakota and Minnesota border. 


Click here for the full article.

Click here for the repository's website with collection details and online databases. Browse the tabs for great details.

27 March 2014

2014 FGS Conference Registration is now open!

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

Online registration is now open for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register at www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2014 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS). 

The full program is on the website, plus hotel details, special events, other activities and more in beautiful San Antonio. I have been to Texas many times in the last 30 years but never to San Antonio and I am excited to see the Riverwalk, Alamo, and other places. 

I am a member of the FGS board of directors and love the camaraderie of FGS conferences. By the way, as you will see, the program offers something for family historians at all levels of experience.

The 2014 conference blog may be viewed here: fgsconference.org/blog/

26 March 2014

Job for a Minnesota genealogist

Carver County Historical Society, Waconia, MN, is seeking a half time genealogist/researcher. Applications will be taken until April 25, 2014, with interviews to follow early May. Interns are encouraged to apply.  To apply please email cover letter with salary requirements, and resume. Email questions preferred.
This is from the Minnesota Historical Society's Local History News for March 26, 2014. 
Read the full job description here

07 March 2014

Facebook has helpful pages you may not know about!

Have you spent time exploring Facebook? I love keeping in touch with my children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, friends, colleagues, and others via this social media tool. High school graduating classes have pages as do families, historical societies, family organizations, surname groups, newspapers, school reunion groups, libraries, genealogical organizations and businesses, restaurants, plus even dogs and cats.

Some pages require that you ask to join and be accepted into the group. Others simply hope that you "like" the page. Whether you are on Facebook now or will be joining, be sure to click on that cog wheel in the upper right hand corner and then on settings where you will be able to set various privacy and notifications parameters.

I am learning and also having fun with some of these pages. I love the pages about St. Paul history. Most of my life was spent in St. Paul. A few of my favorite Facebook pages:

  • You know you're from Roseville MN when. . . .www.facebook.com/groups/187655801277036/ [All the cousins on my Stuart side grew up in Roseville, my family has shopped in Roseville forever, and I now live in Roseville.]
  • Mountain View Historical Association:  www.facebook.com/MVHistory [My oldest son was born in Mountain View, California when we lived there for a year.]

04 March 2014

Update on 2014 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

In case you didn't know, this is a reminder that the 2014 edition of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is being offered in two places this year.
  • July 20 - 25 on the serene campus of La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 6 courses
  • August 3-8 on the beautiful campus of the Polish Mission in Orchard Lake, Michigan (suburban Detroit) with 4 courses.
There are still spots in courses at each location. Join the students, instructors, coordinators, and GRIP directors for a great week of learning. Classrooms and dorms are air conditioned, the cafeterias are handy, the education is superb, each registrant gets a course syllabus, the networking and other learning are dedicated, and fun is also guaranteed. The areas of both campuses have hotels and restaurants within a few miles. I actually like the airports in both places so that's another plus.

Just ask anyone who has attended GRIP the past two summers and you will likely find someone itching to return.

See you in both cities!

03 March 2014

Genealogy classes and events offered by MGS

MGS is the Minnesota Genealogical Society and the event and class offerings continue to expand. This "spring" has a crowded calendar. This is fantastic for everyone who desires to progress further in their family history research.

MGS has been offering special events and classes since the mid-1980s. I remember teaching the first classes at the donated old dining room table in the MGS library's first location on West 7th St. in St. Paul. 

Click on the links below for more details:

Classes: http://mngs.org/classes.htm
Events: http://mngs.org/

Don't forget to check under "About Us" for the link to Branches/Affiliates for more educational offerings. 

02 March 2014

Baby books in the UCLA Special Collections Library

I haven't looked at my baby book or those of my three children in a long time. My youngest child turns 37 in a few days so that book will bring back some great memories. Need to get that box down from the high shelf! My own mother's baby book that was started in 1926 yielded much family history information. I spent some time figuring out what the connection was to those listed as newborn and 1st birthday gift givers for her.

The University of California - Los Angeles Special Collections Library has a huge collection of baby books collected from a variety of places. The library's blog has a post from February 14th, that is titled "Grow(ing) Up! The UCLA Library Baby Record Books Collection." This year is the 10th Anniversary of the beginning of the collection.

The post's last paragraph states "The books and their handwritten and pasted-in contents have been used for research and teaching in pediatrics, printing history, economic and social status, material culture, linguistics, architecture, advertising, folklore, depictions of family, and other topics and disciplines." I sure hope that the other topics include family history.

One baby book item I found in the UCLA Library catalog:
  • Baby birth announcements, height and weight chart, and photographs for Charles Wriggins Walker, born 14 February 1914 in Buffalo, N.Y., 1914-1920.
Click here to read the full blog post.


A quick check on ArchiveGrid.org for the phrase "baby book" shows 385 entries. Keep in mind that some hits in any catalog might yield books on how to care for a baby!

01 March 2014

Thank you West Valley Genealogical Society

A week ago I was in sunny Arizona to do a seminar in Sun City for the West Valley Genealogical Society. I had the opportunity to experience a tour of their library. Wow! It's huge, has books, atlases, many computers, databases, space to research, and more. I think I could have spent several days there. What a gem for those who live in Arizona but also for the snowbirds who descend upon the state. (Oh do I wish I was one of them after this winter in Minnesota!). The library is at 12222 N. 111th Avenue, Youngtown, Arizona. Free parking right in front, too!

The group was welcoming, the seminar was well-organized, great door prizes were awarded, lunch from Paradise Bakery was awesome, and we all had great opportunities for learning and some laughs. I could not have asked for a better day.

One other highlight of the weekend was that one of their members, Linda Caldwell McCleary, was my host for the weekend. Linda and I have known each other for more years than we will publicly admit to. She is a former board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies but we really needed some catching up time!

I mentioned door prizes and that brought about a moment in which I was speechless. Yes, me, speechless. Toward the end of the door prizes, Judy Linnebach announced some special door prizes that the speaker (me) didn't know about. Seems that their last year's seminar speaker, J. Mark Lowe, had provided three prizes of shirts that said "Genealogy by Paula" and I was totally surprised. Thanks, Mark!

I owe many thanks to Arlene Sampson and Judy among others for all the planning!

Oh, did I mention that the WVGS library has a huge sign outside?

One more thing you might want to know. The library has an obituary file. I found the obituary of one of my children's Granduncles in that file! Thank you WVGS volunteers! Plus the index is online at www.azwvgs.org/library.asp. As the website states, "The West Valley Genealogical Society Obituary database contains nearly 50,000 records dating from 1963 to the present, with a heavy concentration from the 1980’s to date. The database covers primarily the cities of NorthWestern Maricopa County, Arizona . . ."

25 February 2014

GRIP in Detroit: Registration begins today!

That is Tuesday, February 25th and registration opens at noon EST for six wonderful courses that are being held in suburban Detroit from August 3-8, 2014.

I coordinate and teach in Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper. For my course, you also get to interact with Debbie Mieszala, CG, and Josh Taylor, MA, MLS. We all have some special things planned for the week. Students will hear from me in early summer with an opportunity to participate further in the course that week. Four of the days feature an in-classroom opportunity for open discussion and further learning.


A computer, iPad, or other tablet is not a requirement for the Intermediate Course but it is helpful if you bring one to class. You may wish to check websites, look at your own family in whatever genealogy software you use, or work along with the instructor on a website that is being discussed. Bring along pen and paper too, as there will be some other hands-on work.

For a handy guide to the registration process, click here.

Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper

Monday
8:30 a.m.:  Analyzing Documents Workshop: Self-Judging Your Expertise Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren)
Are there times you question your analysis of a document? It’s likely you can do a much better job than you give yourself credit for. In this session we will analyze a document, prepare a research plan, and discuss it. Then we will break into groups and do analysis and research preparation of a different document that will

17 February 2014

Genealogy seminar means back to Arizona

Due to the lost voice of the previous speaker, I have agreed to fill in and do the all-day seminar for the West Valley Genealogical Society (Arizona) this coming Saturday, February 22nd.

I will be presenting these four lectures:

1. Genealogy and the Internet:  Make it Work for You
2. Major Midwestern Archives & Their Records
3. The U.S. National Archives: The Nation's Attic
4. Genealogical Goldmine:  The Records Old Settlers Organizations

The seminar is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Road, Sun City, Arizona. For location details, visit www.azwvgs.org.

The cost for on site registration is $45.00 and includes the Program, Beverages, and Door Prize chances. There are spaces available for more registrants. There might be a few extra continental breakfasts and box lunches available that day.

11 February 2014

GRIP Pittsburgh registration opens February 12!

That is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Registration opens at noon EST for six wonderful courses that are being held in Pittsburgh from July 20-25, 2014. Can't make it that week? Another edition of GRIP will be offered the first week of August in the Detroit area. Details are on the GRIP website for those courses and later registration.

I coordinate and teach in Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper. For my course, you also get to interact with Debbie Mieszala, CG, and Josh Taylor, MA, MLS. We all have some special things planned for the week. Students will hear from me in early summer with an opportunity to participate further in the course that week. Four of the days feature an in-classroom opportunity for open discussion and further learning.

The three of us are also instructors in Josh' course Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives.

A computer, iPad, or other tablet is not a requirement for the Intermediate Course but it is helpful if you bring one to class. You may wish to check websites, look at your own family in whatever genealogy software you use, or work along with the instructor on a website that is being discussed. Bring along pen and paper too, as there will be some other hands-on work.

You may see the full lineup for the Intermediate Course by clicking here or keep on reading this long blog post. For a handy guide to the registration process, click here.

Monday
8:30 a.m.:  Analyzing Documents Workshop: Self-Judging Your Expertise Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren)
Are there times you question your analysis of a document? It’s likely you can do a much better job than you give yourself credit for. In this session we will analyze a document, prepare a research plan, and discuss it. Then we will break into groups and do analysis and research preparation of a different document that will

09 February 2014

Genealogy travel in 2014 and open weekends for seminars

I just returned from a long trip that was mostly business related but I also enjoyed a few days in the warm sun of Arizona. The four days there went by too fast and I returned to snowy and cold Minnesota. I was in many states on this driving trip: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri. Each state has its own beauty and I reveled in it as I traveled.

As of today, the rest of 2014 will take me to Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas plus many other states via live webinars.

I have several large projects that need completion so I turned down some seminar invitations for this spring. I do have open weekends this fall and next winter and spring if your society is in need of a speaker. Just send me an inquiry via PaulaStuartWarren at gmail dot com. I can send your program chair all the details via email.

07 February 2014

How do you pronounce some of the Minnesota town names where your ancestors lived?

So, how would you pronounce the Minnesota city name of New Prague? I can always tell when a new person is on a weather or newscast here. They usually pronounce it New Prahg. It's actually pronounced New Prayg with a hard g.

City Pages has a neat article about "17 Minnesota cities and streets everyone mispronounces." I don't think everyone mispronounces these names but the article itself is good. Be sure to read the comments for more items.

Click here to read the article.

06 February 2014

RootsTech 2014 Live Stream Schedule

I have been asked to post the full live-stream schedule for this year's RootsTech. It is available here. https://familysearch.org/node/2519.

The listed times are Mountain Time Zone.

2014 RootsTech Live Streaming

Were you unable to attend RootsTech in person this year? Did you know that some sessions are being live-streamed?Click here to see the live presentations https://rootstech.org/ today through Saturday.

30 January 2014

2014 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh - registration is coming soon!

It's just two weeks till registration opens for the 2014 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh that takes place at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh. The Institute dates are July 20-25 and registration begins on February 12th. 

The Institute's website has some great tips to prepare you for the registration process.

I hope to see many of you in the course I coordinate, "Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper" but there are five other excellent courses that will also be offered in Pittsburgh.

While on the Institute's website take a peek at the "On the Road" edition that will be held August 3-8, 2014 in Orchard Lake, Michigan (suburban Detroit). That registration begins on February 25th.