Great day today. I’m learning a ton in class, but it’s wonderful to also be able to take the opportunity to network.
At lunch I showed my friend how I use a spreadsheet to help me with my citations for a large project such as a Kinship Determination Project, one of the elements in a portfolio for certification. I can sort my citations in a spreadsheet which serves three purposes – I can make sure like-types of citations are consistent from one to another, I can easily see when I use the same citation a second or third time and need to make it a subsequent (short) citation, and I have models that I can easily copy and edit for other uses. Another friend came to say hello, and seeing what I was doing, encouraged me to try to find a way to share this with other genealogist. Hmmm…knowing someone is interested in the way I do things has encouraged me to think about a new business venture. Definitely something to work toward.
I had an invitation for dinner with my friend Kristen who lives in the opposite corner of the country. It’s nice to get to see her at a genealogy event or two every year. Another friend of Kristen, Susan, also joined us. And now I have a new friend! From Pennsylvania. Who knows all about the wonderful resources at the Blairsville Historical Society – in the exact locations where I recently discovered a whole bunch of new relatives! I’ve got some planning to do.
And this evening we were treated to a networking social at SLIG, were I met more new people and had a chance to visit with some old friends. It made for a very nice evening.
One more little bit I want to share. We are given a bound syllabus, 220+ pages for our course. I realized on day one that there would be a couple of pages – the table of contents and the schedule for the week – that I’d want to refer to frequently. I had a little book of sticky-tabs that were a promo item from another conference I attended stuck in my computer bag. I used blue ones on those two pages. But the next day, as I took a note on a page, I thought “This would make a good blog post.” On another one, “Hmmm, here’s a resource I should investigate.” Let’s see… I’ve got lots of tab colors – I can use green ones from blog ideas, pink for personal research, and for those “golden nuggets” our instructor wants us to keep track of, I’ve got yellow ones. I’m going to make sure at future conferences, I’ll bring book of tiny colored post-it flags to make my syllabus review that much easier.
Mary Kircher Roddy is a genealogist, writer and lecturer, always looking for the story. Her blog is a combination of the stories she has found and the tools she used to find them.