Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Midweek Wonderings

(1) Why don't more genealogy conferences adopt the Illinois State Genealogical Society tradition of a "white elephant" table where members or member societies contribute their obsolete or unwanted materials, and those who take them put a donation in a jar? One genealogist's trash can be another one's treasure.

That's where I picked up my copy of the BCG Standards Manual back in 2007. I naively supposed that with a 2000 publication date it was out of date. This year I obtained a CD of the Social Security Death Index and a number of possibly obsolescent print publications. It's like a combination genealogy bookstore and flea market.

(2) Would the new investors in Ancestry.com treat it differently if they or their spouses were themselves genealogists? Would their fellow financiers make fun of them if they did?

(3) Did you ever hear a lecture on brick wall solutions and the very next day hear someone who hadn't been there asking about the same kind of problem?

(4) Would I have posted every day for the last six months without the encouragement of my manager/daughter-in-law? No need to wonder about that one.

Harold Henderson, "Midweek Wonderings," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 23 October 2012 (http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com : accessed [access date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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