Showing posts with label Salt Lake City. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salt Lake City. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FGS 2015-- Time to Connect, Explore, Refresh


When I first started genealogy about twenty years ago,  I spent most of my time in the quiet recesses of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Granted, the library has a lot to offer and so I was quite content to spend hours spinning through reels of microfilm, examining fiche and studying the vast collection of books.

Initially success came fast and somewhat easily, but as is often the case, the quick, relatively easy results slowly screeched to a halt and I was left wondering what I needed to do in order to take my research to the next level.

It was then that I discovered and attended my first local genealogy conference and a whole new world opened up to me!  Not only did I learn new ways to think and research that helped to propel my research forward, but I had a lot of fun connecting with other genealogist. I was hooked!

Since that first conference many years ago, I have attended many conferences at both the local and national level.  This year I am an Ambassador for the 2015 FGS Conference and am excited to be able to attend.

With the wide variety of classes offered, there will be many opportunities to EXPLORE a vast array of topics pertaining to genealogy.  Whether someone is just beginning their genealogy adventure or is a skilled researcher, there are classes to meet their needs and interests.  I am committed to stepping outside my comfort zone to explore some new topics and hope to leave the conference with new skills in my genealogy tool belt to help me tackle those stubborn brick walls.

In addition,  I am looking forward to the opportunity to CONNECT with others.  It is a lot of fun to visit with other bloggers and genealogist while waiting for a class to start, in the halls and across the lunch table.  Because the conference attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, locations and with varied experiences,  I find I learn a great deal from them as well.

And finally, I know I will leave the FGS Conference feeling REFRESHed.  It is easy to fall into the same old routine of doing things the same way and sometimes, do I dare say, my interest in genealogy even begins to wane somewhat.  There is nothing like a conference to help recharge me and get me back on track.


For information and to register, go to Federation of Genealogical Societies


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall, The Best Three Days of the Year

Fall never seems to be long enough in Utah and some even joke that it is the best three days of the year.  So when I learned that The Board for Certification of Genealogist would be holding a lecture series at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City this past Saturday, for just a moment I wrestled with the idea of giving up the promise of good weather for a day spent indoors.  It wasn't really much of a wrestle though because with Judy Russell and Elizabeth Shown Mills teaching, I knew my time would be well spent.

Judy G. Russell, BCG Seminar, used by permission
Judy G. Russell
BCG Lecture Series
(Used by permission)
Both Judy and Elizabeth are masters at teaching us how to see and think as genealogists, all while weaving the stories of their subjects' lives through the use of records.  Listening to them is not only educational, but a lot of fun.

And so I got up bright and early on Saturday morning and drove down to the  Family History Library and I am so glad that I did.  As I listened to all of the speakers, I enjoyed the day immensely and am excited to once again pull out some of my difficult-to-solve genealogical problems to see if just maybe I will see and understand things that I have missed in the past.   Thank you ladies for time well spent.    


You can find Judy G. Russell on her website,  The Legal Genealogist and Elizabeth Shown Mills on her websites, Historic Pathways and Evidence Explained

Copyright © Michelle G. Taggart 2014,  All rights reserved