I am currently working on Mining Genealogy History in Kansas Presentation. The presentation will not be given until the end of January 2011 in Chula Vista, California. I am starting now on my presentation because I want to get my ideals, outline done while everything is still fresh in my brain. There are many incidents of the Kansas genealogy research trip to share about the step by step process of how, why and what I discovered for my genealogy research.
One of the correlations I hope to compare in my presentation as how Genealogy enhanced my understanding of "The story of my Family". And The Story of my Family enhanced and provided clues to my genealogy study.
This correlation of Family History and Genealogy has been a major theme in The Chula Vista Genealogical Society teaching program in 2010. The program started this year leaning heavily on the recent television series "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Susi Pentico began the program with an April 2010 presentation with "The Laundry Basket Methodology". Whereas you just look around a relatives home and ask questions of family photos, furniture handed down from a previous generation, etc. The concept is you gather these photos, knick knacks, trophies in a laundry basket and then ask questions of the items.
The program continued with a full day of Jean Hibben's presentations; "Where do We go from Here?". At these presentations Jean explained taking the data and moving to recording the data electronically, "This is not Your Grandma's Genealogy: Making the Move from Paper to Electronic Record Keeping*
" and then some more tips of verifying and validating "the family Stories" with Graveyard Gumshoe: Lessons Written in Stone and Deliveries in the Rear! Getting Family History Information through the Back Door
Building on this theme; The Kansas Trip will show excellent examples of family history and genealogy interweaving.
An example of this was the social section of the town newspaper. Evidently my great grandmother and her daughters were quite the "ladies" of Hutchinson, Kansas. Anytime these ladies went on a trip or entertained company, there was a mention in the city newspaper. This was a great find and lots of fun to read. Besides being entertaining, these newspaper articles included clues to family information not previously known. An example of this was; I knew Cecil Melinda had a sister Bertie Elizabeth and a brother Hugh Napolean, but the newspaper mentioned a sister visiting Cecil by the name of Laura Mangle. AH HAH a new bit of information!!! A new sister to research...... my goodness -- this will never never end.......