Throughout the years my life has taken me on many paths, none of which I envisioned in junior and senior years at Walpole High School. I saw myself in one of two roles—a farmer’s wife or a librarian. Our family, of very modest means, lived in Walpole, New Hampshire, where my twin brother and I graduated with our twenty-five classmates. Early on, It was apparent that I would need to earn my own money for clothing (actually for purchasing fabric as I was taught to sew by the age of ten), or any thing else I needed. Mind you, I’m not complaining about that! Valuable lessons were learned and I’ve always been able to hold my head high. Our little school offered only two years of French, so even if I could find the funds, attending a college to become a librarian was out of the question.
Keene State College was only about twenty-five miles from home and I was able to attend with the help of some scholarships and working part time, some years full time, during each semester, and full-time on holidays. I majored in secondary science and mathematic and became a high school math teacher. When my son was born, I briefly fulfilled one of my dream by working in he Keene Public Library for a little over a year.
In 1991, I left teaching to follow a different passion, family and historical research. I worked had learning the records and techniques and became a Certified Genealogical Record Specialist in 1994. That category was taken from service in 2005 and I became a Certified Genealogist. In 1998, I earned the classification of Certified Genealogical Lecturer. The past twenty years have been full of excitement and rewards. However, I’m finding the stress a bit overwhelming in my advanced years, so I believe it is time to move on to other adventures. I will continue to work on my personnel family history, but have ceased accepting client commissions and will not be accepting speaking engagements after June 13th, 2015. More than anything, I’ll miss seeing all of the wonderful genealogists and historians that I’ve met over the years. I hope you will visit me in my humble home in the North Georgia Mountains. In the mean-time, I’ll follow you on FB.
Looking forward to adventures in photography, quilting, pleasure reading, and cooking.
Life is good!
© Linda Woodward Geiger
Admittedly I’m not always a very patience person. That being said, let me rant—I am into week six of nursing a broken right arm, and I’m getting sick of it. Dragon software doesn’t like my mixed New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and George accent (but maybe the fault lies with me and I should patiently teach Dragon my unique dialect). My hope was to continue blogging using Dragon. That has not happened—I’m currently hunting and pecking away with my left fingers. Alas, I can’t drive, can’t tie shoes, can’t shoot pics with my camera. Perhaps the very worst part is that this independent, strong headed Yankee must accept, and sometimes ask, for help from others.
THANKFULLY I live in a wonderful neighborhood in the Big Canoe community. I’m particularly thankful for Scott Shiffman; Anita and Dick Wight; Judith Persing and her special visiting friend, Mary; Lee chai; Jean Lomax; and Thelma Davis who have taken me to appointments with my physician and surgeon in Jasper, grocery shopping, invited me to supper, or taken me out for a ride. Scott needs special kudos for installing a hand-held shower head for me and for collecting my mail. I’m also thankful that my class mates, Constance and Ian Falconer for picking me up for class each week.
© Linda Woodward Geiger
FGS recently announced a wonderful FUN WALK for the Preserve the Pensions. The walk will talk place on Saturday (30 August) at 6:30 am. Consider joining your genealogical colleagues in the Fun Walk to the Alamo and help preserve the records at the same time.
Big Bang for your Bucks
Your $25 registration fee will be doubled by FGS, which in turn will be doubled by Ancestry.com.
I’ll be with ya’ll in spirit, but won’t be physically present as I’m scheduled to give a presentation, “To Blog or Not to Blog” (S-405), at 8:30 am.
Of course if you can’t join in the FUN WALK, you can still help this great cause by donating funds to the project (as I do). To help move that process along why not go to https://www.preservethepensions.org/donate to contribute.
© Linda Woodward Geiger.
The Wholly Genes Newsletter, published yesterday, 29 July 2014, carried the announcement for those of us who have loved and used The Master Genealogist over the years.
“TMG to be Discontinued”
As a dedicated user for about twenty years, I’m saddened. I’d jumped on board following the demise of the Ultimate Genealogist (preceded by Roots I, Roots II, Roots III, and Roots IV). Bob Velke poured his heart and soul into the product. Thankfully he will be making GenBridge available “to developers who wish to produce a direct import from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features.”
Thank you Bob Velke for a great product.
Press Release, 23 Jun 2014
Please vist http://blog.findmypast.com/2014/findmypast-buys-mocavo/ for details.
June 20, 2014 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details athttp://www.fgsconference.org.
The conference will be held August 27-30, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS). Platinum sponsors are FamilySearch, FindMyPast.com and Ancestry.com. Corporate sponsors are Dell and Lexmark.
The conference offers opportunities for all who are interested in researching their family history, with over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists at all levels. The exhibit hall features over 70 vendors offering a wide range of genealogical products and is open and free to the public. Luncheons, workshops, and special events provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Make sure to get your tickets to these conference “extras” early to guarantee your spot.
See you in San Antonio in August!
Learn More about FGS 2014 and Stay Connected
- Visit the conference website at http://www.fgsconference.org.
- Find the latest news on the conference blog athttp://www.fgsconference.org/blog.com.
- Like the conference on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy.
- Follow the conference on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FGSgenealogy and hashtag #FGS2014.
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.
Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).
You are planning to be in San Antonio for the 2014 FGS Conference, aren’t you!
Anyone who has previously attended the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies is aware many vendors donate products for the mass drawings. Registrants generally receive a number of tickets that require name and address. To save tedious time filling in the data on each individual ticket, bring a sheet of printed return address labels with you to stick on the back of each ticket.
Press Release from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: June 12, 2014
Registration for SLIG 2015 opens this Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM Mountain Time! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and the courses fill fast. The following tracks are being offered:
The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.
Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location.
When making your travel plans, you may also want to consider attending the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Thursday and Friday before the Institute begins. You can check their website (https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html) for more information. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!
Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. For more information on the Institute and registration information go to http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42.