52 Weeks to Better Genealogy, Week 11: Transitional Genealogists Forum

I have sometimes thought that in the future I would like to do genealogy professionally.

It would have to be the very distant future though.  Truthfully, I am kept pretty busy tracing my own tree while home schooling my 5 kids.  I think that once they are older and I have some more free time to myself, then I might be able to pursue it.

I have never perused the Transitional Genealogists Forum on Rootsweb before. This is a forum for genealogists who are taking the steps to become professional genealogists.  There are many interesting questions posed here and I enjoyed looking through them.

One of the posts which I found particularly helpful to me was about whether or not you should trace the lines (a few generations back) of people who marry into your family.  In particular, this person had a great- granduncle who was married 3 times and never had children.  Her question was whether or not to research his spouses.

I tend to find out as much as I can about people who marry into my family.  I was glad to see that those who replied suggested that also.  Now I know that I’m not crazy and I’m not wasting my time.:)  I really think that you can get some of the best finds from people who married into the family and ended up with treasures.

So, now I can justify myself to my husband, who wonders why I would spend time on anyone not straight up my pedigree chart.:)

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  • Sheri Fenley - March 14, 2010 - 5:40 am


    Long time no see! Are you still up in Alaska? I heard from Jeanne Turner just a couple of weeks ago. I wish Karen would teach an advanced class. I miss being in class.

    This is a great blog you have going on here. When did you start it?

    Please stay in touch.

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    • Jen - March 14, 2010 - 8:33 am

      I know, I know. Genealogy took a back seat to real life for a while. :) I had thought that spending a year without my husband would give me a lot of quiet nights to do research, but the reality of being the only caregiver for 5 kiddos was a lot to handle. Thankfully, he’s home now and we’re moving to Savannah, Georgia in a couple of months. I’m looking forward to the sun! And to the genealogical opportunities on the East Coast!

      I agree – I would love to take some more classes from Karen. Maybe eventually she’ll add some more.

      I’ve been wanting to start a genealogy blog for ages, but just finished getting it ready this past week. I did all of the design myself – which I had never done before. It’s amazing what you can do when you read some tutorials! It was actually a lot of fun.

      You have a wonderful blog by the way! Glad to see that you’ve moved into the professional realm. How exciting!


  • Blarprorgo - March 23, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Just wanted to say hello someplace. Found [url=http://www.google.com/ncr]you guys through google[/url]. Hope to contribute more soon!

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