Friday, August 28, 2015

Fall 2015 talks

In between the sloth of summer and the hibernation of winter are the seasons where it's actually fun to get things done. This fall I have five speaking engagements coming up.

Tuesday evening September 8, La Porte County Genealogical Society, La Porte, Indiana:
"Probate Will Not Be the Death of You" (digest version).

Saturday September 19, Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana:
"Why We Don't Write and How We Can"
"Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Isn't on Your Side"
"Probate Will Not Be the Death of You"
" 'Are We There Yet?' Proof and the Genealogy Police," a case study

Saturday October 17, Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society, Valparaiso, Indiana:
"Land and Property: The Records No Genealogist Can Do Without"

Tuesday evening October 20, Marshall County Genealogical Society, Plymouth, Indiana:
"Ten Commandments for Being a Good Genealogy Client"

Tuesday evening November 17, Board for Certification of Genealogists public online webinar:
"Do You Have the Reflexes You Need to Become Certified? Fifteen Things Your Grandfather Would Tell You . . . If I Were Your Grandfather"



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Did you hear the latest genealogist joke?

Philip Freeman's August 26 article in JSTOR Daily, "Did You Hear the Joke about the Lawyer?", made me laugh out loud, and think about genealogy, which is trying to become a profession at a time when the professions we used to look up to are shrinking in power, numbers, and satisfaction.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

She went to Texas too

I have more Texas relatives than I thought,
but few this early. This book looks like it could be both a page-turner and a fine resource for those researching people -- not just men -- in the early Texas borderlands.

Amy M. Porter, Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Borderlands 1750-1846 (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2015).