With the spring semester of college behind me and a couple of my “volunteer” jobs winding down, I’ve been doing some serious research for the last month. My “free” subscription to Ancestry will be ending at the end of this month, so I’m scouring it for last minute tidbits. One thing I’ve realized is that with my time short, I’m grabbing the image and the source information and will transcribe later. That is mainly when I find the census images. I can list occupation, residence, etc. all later. I do make sure I’ve listed my sources – that way I have a way to look for it at another time if need be.
Some of the people I’ve located information for aren’t in my direct line, but rather collateral family members who hadn’t been located past a certain time. Databases – besides Ancestry – that I’ve used include: Rootsweb, Familysearch, Find a Grave, and county websites.
This week I’ve taken a break from my own line. An older couple at my church came into the office (I work for my church) and we proceeded to talk about the husband’s father and grandfather. They mentioned they didn’t know much about that side of the family – so there I was, offering my research services. That afternoon after the wife sent me information she did know, I started finding census records and naturalization records. It feels good to accomplish something. I’m hoping to give them a report in another week. I think taking a break from my own research will give me a fresh perspective when I get back to it.
I’ve also enjoyed reading the blogs of those who attended the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree over the past weekend. I wasn’t able to listen to any of the lectures that were streamed live. The pictures I’ve seen showed many of my geneablogger “friends” having a great time – maybe too good of a time!