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Open Thread: What Are You Working On?

I'm always interested to hear about other family historians and their journey. Of course, non-genealogists would find our topic of conversation on the boring side; I however am always open to hear what others are working on. I know its summer, and perhaps many of you are taking a much-needed break. While some of you may find summer the perfect opportunity to carve out some time for your genealogy hobby. Possibly, you are taking a genealogy vacation then I would really love to hear about that, maybe you are trucking through some cemeteries or perhaps starting that book, you have been putting off. Maybe, you’re just picking away at some brick walls. Regardless, this is your opportunity to share your priorities as this summer meanders at about the halfway point.

For me, well the first part was busy with a family reunion and the release of my family history book. The second half is looking a little lighter. I'm switching up sides for a while and now working on my mother's family. I have another family reunion in Northern Ontario in August, so I am currently assembling my information on that side of the family in the hopes of seeking out some missing pieces while I'm there. The reunion is very near to where my Mother grew up, so we are planning a stop to her hometown, the local cemetery where her grandparents and many relatives are buried. I expect to come back re-juvenated and ready to get to work again.

What are you working on?


Janet Iles said...


Most recently, my research efforts are focused on client work with research in Ontario and England. I have also been watching and writing detailed notes for a series of oral history videos for another client.

My personal research hasn't had a real focus as I jump into different family lines as I reply to emails that I receive.

In August, I will have a trip to Salt Lake City so in the days before I go I will prepare my list to work on. This time is for my own personal research. One family, I will explore in more detail is the James family in Warwickshire. I will also do some exploration and research into my niece and nephew's heritage. The challenge when I get home is to get all the information, I gather while I am away, into my database.

GeneaPopPop said...

Great idea! My summer has been occupied by a move from Omaha to St. Louis. Definitely not a vacation; certainly a change of pace and an interruption in my family history research. Most of my summer genealogy has been communicating with new found "cousins." One cousin & I have discovered together our gg-grandmother. That led to another cousin who has researched her line back about 10 generations. Another cousin has provided me with family pages and sources taking my g-grandmother family back 24 generations. I am looking forward to validating and posting this data.

For a very 'part-time summer, it has proven to be very productive!

J.M. said...

I'm using this summer for several things.

There are two graveyard visits on the agenda, still to do.

I've been visiting archives, since a lot of them don't open on Saturday or are only useful to visit on Saturday when you know exactly what records you want. Now is the perfect time to visit, since I can go during the week.

I'm also spending some much needed time transcribing letters from my Wesselo family line. I plan to bundle the transcriptions and maybe give a copy to the archive the letters are kept.

From that same Wesselo line I'm also beginning my work on writing the biographies of my grandmother's uncles and aunts, to be bundled in a book (very simple) as a present.

Linda said...

Hi, Lynn,
I started following your blog about a month ago, but this is my first comment. I have 25 boxes of genealogical material. I have enough artifacts, photos, letters, and diaries to start a museum! It's overwhelming at times. I'm using the summer to (continue) work on a memoir/family history that spans the 20th century.
I'm scanning 100+ year old photos and documents now, getting letters up to 100 year old first deciphered from their old, unreadable German script and then translating them into English. This allowed me to realize postcards & letters from 1910 & 1911 were exhortations to my grandmother from my grandfather to join him in America.
I'm sharing these letters with a researcher at the University of Landau who specializes in the ethnic Germans who came from Siebenbuergen in Romania (Transylvania).
I'm also doing research to start a blog as December 24th is the 100th anniversary of my grandfather heading to America -- part way on the top of a train! ("I thought I'd be blown away like a piece of paper," he wrote).

Finally I'm creating an ancestor photo wall. I've wanted to do this for years, and finally have taken the plunge. What's the point of having all these fabulous ancient photos (e.g., my grandmother in 1893 at age 6) if they're buried in a box! I want to see them every day! Long process though -- including getting photos of the pieces too large to scan.

Love your blog. Very focused, helpful, well-written. Thanks!

Linda Gartz

Lynn Palermo said...

@Janet, you research for clients in Ontario, good to know, and good luck in Utah, that is exciting.
@GenaPopPop, exciting when you uncover a cousin and wow lots of info to validate sounds like you will be busy.
@J.M.I love that you are writing the biographies of your aunts and uncles. I have done the same and I can tell you it is very rewarding to complete and a treasure they will surely appreciate.
@ Linda thank you for commenting and your kind words. I love that you are marking the arrival of your grandfather. I too wish to create an ancestor photo wall, once my home renovations are complete. You will have to share how you did it, and your ideas and tips, sounds like a great blog post if you would like to write a guest post for this blog.

Rebecca Dean Ringgold said...

Lynn, your site is so informative. You have inspired me to return to my genealogy. I have made a mess with my genealogy research. I did the worst thing a genealogist can do. I didn't source my data. I have collected information on over 9,000 names. I would love to have your opinion as to how I can best correct this situation. Do I start over with a new family file?

Rebecca Dean Ringgold said...

Lynn, what a great site you have. I am new at blogging and intimidated with blogging. I have enjoyed reading your perspective on various subjects. You and other bloggers have inspired me to get back in the swing with my genealogy. I haven’t researched much in the last ten to twelve years, due to illness, but, mostly because I have made a mess of my genealogy. I have more than 9,000 names in my family file. I haven’t sourced most of it. With you inspiration I want to renew my search. I would appreciate your opinion as to how I correct my laziness in sourcing. Should I begin with a new file and start at the beginning?

Lynn Palermo said...

Hi Rebecca, thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so happy to hear you are returning to your genealogy. I believe you are not alone, a lot of researchers fall into the trap of collecting names but not really linking them, making sure they are sourced and in deed part of your history. I think you have to ask yourself what is your ultimate goal. 9000 names, certainly, they are not all in your direct line, I would not ditch them. But start a new tree, starting with ancestors closed to you, your direct line and start sourcing them with birth certificates, marriage certificates,census records and death certificates. This would be a great starting point. Just be careful you don't fall into the trap of looking at your old tree and presuming it must be right especially if you are having trouble linking people into your tree and sourcing them. You could have wrong people in your tree. This a big topic to cover in a comment. I think this might be better answered in a future post. Could luck. Look forward to reading about how you have made out.