Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds

What a great genealogical week for me!

I attended the conference in Charleston, which finished up on Saturday.  Very exciting and exhausting at the same time.

Then I drove across the country, visiting two Iowa courthouses, two genealogy libraries, and five cemeteries!!  Could a genealogist ask for much more than that in one week?

I am now in Kansas, back with my kids (who were starting to wonder what had happened to me).  We’ll be here visiting family until the end of the month, when we make our way to our new home in El Paso.

The internet connection in rural Iowa and Kansas stinks and I was on the road most of this past week, but I was still able to at least start getting caught up on my blog reading.  I really need to add a reader app to my iPhone.

Here are some of the cool things I’ve found this week:

  1. The group of us bloggers that met up at the NGS conference in Charleston had a blast together!  If you missed out on the conference and want to see what went on, visit: My Tapley Tree…and its Branches, Have You Seen My Roots?, Greta’s Genealogy Bog, Genealogy by Ginger’s Blog, and Documenting the Details.
  2. I loved Heather’s post about An English child born in a Spanish village.  It’s always nice to learn more about the history of the area your family lived.  I am hoping to dive into the Spanish records on FamilySearch someday.  Maybe my move to El Paso will prompt me to learn some Spanish first…
  3. I really enjoyed reading Lisa’s posts about a convenient marriage at Old Stones Undeciphered.  Here you can read Part One and then  Part Two.  How neat that it all worked out! :)
  4. Sheri, over at the Educated Genealogist, had a great post entitled “…and the dish ran away with the spoon“.  What a curious case!
  5. I am currently reading “Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist” by Buzzy Jackson.  I’m planning on finishing it this upcoming rainy Kansas weekend.:)  It’s a great read so far, by the way!
  6. I am personally in the “I love them” category when it comes to living history re-enactors.  I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve always thought it was neat.  Jennie from They Came to Montana does re-enactments at Daly Mansion.
  7. Does anyone have any answers for Heather over at Leaves for Trees?  I have never done any Mexican genealogy research before.  Where are the records?


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  • Sheri Fenley - May 20, 2011 - 7:50 am

    Thanks for the shout out Jen. I followed your conference week adventures. I wished I could have been there with you! And that daughter of yours, well all I can say is WOW! Tell her that I would love to do a genealogy TV special with her sometime. If TV Land won’t have us we can You-Tube it! I would promise not to get thrown in jail while she was with me filming. LOLReplyCancel

  • Ginger Smith - May 20, 2011 - 11:12 am

    Hi Jen, thanks for the shout out as well. It was really cool to meet up with other bloggers. This just goes to show that we don’t need a dedicated bloggers table at the show or a dedicated blogger to organize events for us because we ended up finding each other on our own (although I’m sure the blogger dinner on Tuesday night DID help).

    I think too it was easy to spot each other. We were the ones walking around aimlessly holding our phones up in the air praying to the cell phone service gods and goddesses for service PLEASE!

    I’m so glad you and Ellie got the chance to explore these parts of the country. I forgot to tell you that when I was 16, I took a similar trip with my mom (In fact we went to Magnolia Gardens – I should send you pics of me and the deer sometime), although we traversed the southern parts of the country. It was a great learning experience. I hope you are enjoying time with your family and I look forward to more stories and pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - May 20, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    Thanks Jen! I can’t wait to see if anyone has tips on Mexican research.ReplyCancel

  • Heather W. Rojo - May 20, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Thanks for the kind comments about my Spanish story. I’ve learned a lot researching my in-laws side of the family tree. For thirty years I’ve only done New England genealogy, so this has been a true labor of love reading catholic records in a foreign language.ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - May 20, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    I love meeting other geneabloggers at conventions and always feel a special connection with them after the conventions. I hope we can all meet up again some time (Ellie, too!). You all helped to make this convention a really wonderful experience for me.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - May 26, 2011 - 1:10 am

    Thanks for the shout out, Jenn! I’m glad you had a wonderful cross-country trip, and it sounds like the wonderful discoveries keep coming right there in Kansas!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie - May 27, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    thanks, so much, for the mention about my reenacting adventures. I’ve been having computer issues and haven’t had time to read blogs lately. Hoping to get back on my own computer soon and catch up.
    Glad you had such a fun trip. It sounds like a wonderful experience.ReplyCancel

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