July 2020   

Attend a Virtual Institute


   Institutes are week-long educational opportunities, not to be missed by serious genealogists. I've attended several: Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. These tend to be expensive (for me, they're a business expense), entailing paying for registration, housing, meals, and airfare, usually totalling $1500 to $2000.
    This year, most institutes and conferences have gone virtual. The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is being held during two weeks in January, with 14 classes to choose from. Registration is August 8, and I already have my course picked out: Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records, taught by D. Joshua Taylor. This will be the easiest and least expensive institute I've ever attended - I won't have to pay for airfare, hotel or meals. Best of all, I can learn from home, and not have to contend with the altitude sickness I usually experience in Salt Lake.
    Quarantine is the perfect time for learning at home!

What I've Been Doing
*    Joined the Utah Genealogical Association and began reading their journal Crossroads
*  Began watching my chosen sessions of the National Genealogical Society's 2020 Virtual Conference (Irish research and DNA among them)
*  Registered for one of the special workshops given by the conference: "Ireland: Discovering Where and How They Lived"
*  Began working on another unknown parentage case, this one with roots in Grenada and Trinidad.
*  Registered and ready to learn: How to be an anti-racist (July 20)
*  Ordered a divorce record from Milwaukee
*  Registered for one of the free evening sessions during GRIPP

What I'm Reading
 A People's History of the United States is not the history I studied in school. This is a history from the viewpoint of those at the bottom: immigrants, factory workers, native Americans, and slaves. It is eye-opening, to say the least. The account of Columbus' landing in the Caribbean and his barbaric treatment of the natives there is one I didn't learn until recently. This is the story of the common people, not the famous, and well worth the time and thought invested in reading it.

Related: The Truth About Christopher Columbus (subtitled)

Also reading:
Eliza: the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters
West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War

In the News
 If you have Ohio ancestors, you'll be interested in this Official Ohio Lands Book (free PDF)

Got a brick wall? New: online genealogy consultations with Family History experts

7 Top Genealogy TV Shows

It's no secret to my newsletter readers how much I love my ancestral village of Beulah, Michigan. I was delighted to watch a video featuring the Cherry Hut, in operation since 1922! (Best Cherry Pie EVER!)

Original Juneteenth order found in the National Archives

The history behind Georgia's Stone Mountain
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Another application of your DNA test results: find out if you're more susceptible to the coronavirus, as explained by Judy G. Russell 
Happy Independence Day from Stacy and Summer!
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