I belong to several Genealogy Societies, some I attend in person, some on-line, and others through mail correspondences. At different times these societies will have contests, carnivals, or paper calls. I use this blog to record my work in genealogy study. ERGO: Sometimes the blogs may seem disjointed and "what in the world is she blogging about that now?"
So I like to introduce sometimes to what carnival/contest/ response I am referring to for this blog.
This blog is in response to a call of papers for:
Carnival of Genealogical Societies, 1st Edition
Doin' Things Right!
Type: Other - Carnival
Start Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 6:00pm
End Time: Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 11:00pm
Description Call for Submissions! The topic for this inaugural edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is: Doin' Things Right! Shine a spotlight on a specific program, project, or publication at a genealogical society and tell us why it worked. Tell an anecdote about how you benefited from a particular genealogical society service. Share a success story and be specific! The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2010.
Submit your blog article to the Carnival of Genealogical Societies using the the submission form (http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_9134.html) provided by Blog Carnival. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any article you plan to submit and/or write a brief introduction to your articles in the "remarks" section of the form.
The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD)SM
That all genealogists become computer genealogists.
In particular the ROOTSMAGIC USER CLASS meets the third Saturday of the month. This gives me a whole month to try out new information given at the group. Often I confuse myself with the previous class, so I have lots of questions for the next class. I enter the room and it is seldom the same each month. The room to meet has changed, teacher changed, topics changed, students attending changed. I follow some of the class --- A lot of it goes over my head because of different applications and set ups from the students. I try to take notes.
So why do I like the class?------ There is always "something" I learn or want to try out. The loose structure allows for all those different applications and set ups from the students.
Genealogy is an INDIVIDUAL Sport with support groups and societies to glean what you can for your work. As in most individual sports each athlete/student learns the basics, learns from others, but in the end "does it her or his way". What I learn from the ROOTSMAGIC class is there are lots of bells and whistles to ROOTSMAGIC and people are applying this software in various ways to their work.
In specific, I completed an updated version, neat, concise, clear, organized and securely saved of all 210 family groups in one day using ROOTSMAGIC. Of course it was a very long day -- 16.3 hours! But what a treasure for easy reference. Family Group Sheets is a tried and true basics. ROOTSMAGIC is an easier and faster way to complete this seemingly tedious task.
So if I was looking for a comprehensive step by step lesson for ROOTSMAGIC (which I originally was seeking by attending this class) this group would have been a big disappointment and very confusing. But I relaxed and understood more the dynamics of the group. The dynamics of this group is Individual ROOTSMAGIC users sharing and learning from each other. I do learn something each and every month. I meet other users and share new discoveries with the software. The class is followed up with a key presentation regarding software. All the presentations I have attended have been extremely informative and well organized.
All in all I am enjoying my association with this group a great deal.
On the side, I usually carpool with a friend. We usually continue to make a day of it with trips to the beach, or shopping, or visiting cemeteries. We "play hooky". It is not unusual for me to leave home to attend a 9 am Rootsmagic class, followed by a Presentation over by about noon, and get home after 10 pm at night!!! Our families have decided that we "girls" at the age of grandmas are worse than teen agers when we get together.