Jun 12

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Saturday

Press Release from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: June 12, 2014

SLIGRegistration 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.

Jun 04

December 1958: Walpole High School

I am sometimes astonish about the bits and pieces of my past that seem to surface from time to time. This newspaper article from the Keene Evening Sentinel was just waiting to be noticed again! The image was taken when I was a senior at Wapole High School, Walpole, New Hampshire.

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Apr 30

Looking Forward to FGS 2014, San Antonio (August 27-30)

It won’t be long before we are greeting our genealogical family in San Antonio when we congregate for the 2014 FGS annual conference. It can’t get any better than that!

This year the conference theme is “Gone to Texas” and will take place the 27th through the 30th of August in San Antonio.

What might we expect?

Great programs by national speakers. If you’ve not already done so, you’ll want to view the 2014 Conference Program.

Register for early-bird discount by registering prior to the 1st of July. Just visit the conference website to register.

See you there!

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Apr 24

Reflections

These photos were taken with my Nikon Digital Camera D3200 a week ago. Computer woes have keep me from posting these before now. For this post I’ve selected some of the many shots I took that show reflections in the wide variety of water features.

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Apr 16

Azaleas et al at Callaway Gardens

Continue to imagine spending a perfect spring day with dear friends at one of Georgia’s loveliest gardens.

Callaway Gardens is a destination! The gardens consist of about 2,500-acres of delight attractions including the Overlook Azalea Garden and Pavilion, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel (where my Charlie and I were married so many years ago), and so much more.

In this post, I’m sharing shots of azaleas and other flowering plants that I took with my Nikon D3200 camera.

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Apr 16

Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

Imagine spending a perfect spring day with dear friends at one of Georgia’s loveliest gardens. It can’t get any better than that!

One of the many attractions at Callaway Gardens (a 2,500-acre garden) is the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, a large conservatory. In this post I’m sharing some of the shots I took with my Nikon D3200 camera.

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Apr 10

Trail from the Base of the Falls Revisited

Spring has decided it may come to the North Georgia Mountains after all. Hooray! Although the spring wildflowers have a ways to go, the little sprouts and blossoms make me happy.

Some days you just can’t win. I managed to leave home without charging the battery for my Nikon camera so I only captured a few shots with it; I had a small Cannon with me, but managed to leave its battery home.  None-the-less I’m fairly happy with the following pics with my iPhone.

 

Violets always make me smile

Violets always make me smile

Wildflowers at Amicalola Falls

Birdfoot Violet

Tillium

Tillium

Toadshade Trillium

Toadshade Trillium

Rue-Anemone

Rue-Anemone

Phlox

Phlox

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Great Chickweed

Great Chickweed

Wildflowers at Amicalola Falls

Foam Flowers

Dutchman's Britches

Dutchman’s Britches

 

Blood Root

Blood Root

 

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Mar 19

Amicalola Falls: Trail from the Base of the Falls

Spring is so near, but seems so far away. The North Georgia Mountains continue to be colder than usual for this time of year and the spring wildflowers are not making their normal progress.

On the 9th of March, I traversed some of the Trail from the Base of the Amicalola Falls and was surprised to see very little–only a few plants tentatively poking their delicate leaves above soil—leaves of the Whippoorwill (Toadshade) trillium; trout lilies, and Virginia Bluebells. During a normal spring the wildflowers sprout rapidly, but not this year. When I returned to that same area this morning in the cold misty rain, I saw little progress. Here are images of the few things I found.

Yellow Trillium

Yellow Trillium

Whippoorwill (Toadshade) Trillium

Whippoorwill (Toadshade) Trillium

Trout Lillies

Trout Lillies

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches

Cutleaf Toothwort

Cutleaf Toothwort

un-opened Blood Root (Whippoorwill Trillium in the background)

un-opened Blood Root (Whippoorwill Trillium in the background)

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Mar 16

Spring Is Finally in the Air

Gibbs GardensSpring plants are a little bit behind schedule here in the North Georgia Mountains this year—our winter has been a bit colder than usual. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the wild flowers to waken at Amicalola Falls and the daffodils to strut their stuff at Gibbs Gardens. After closely watching both areas for two weeks, I’ve finally been rewarded.

Friday morning (14 March 2014) I stole an hour to film some of the daffodils at Gibbs Gardens.

I completely agree with the wording that appears on the Gibbs Gardens website

Gibbs Gardens is the best place to be as winter fades and spring bursts forth. There is absolutely nothing that compares to the singular beauty of 20 million daffodil blossoms—flowing in waves of sunbeam colors—across 50 acres of hills, woodlands and valley.

Daffodil, jonquil, narcissus … I confess I don’t have a clue with respect to their varieties, but I do so appreciate their beauty.

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It’s raining here again, but I’ll be driving over to Amicalola Falls as soon as the precipitation ceases—I just know that the warmer weather during this last week will have been a magic tonic to the whippoorwill trillium, trout lilies, and wood anemone that were just pushing their way out of the soil a week ago.

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Jan 19

FamilySearch Catalog and Digitized Books

While preparing my research plans for a trip to Salt Lake City, I frequently depend on the Family History Library (FHL) online catalog at FamilySearch.org.  I want to know the call numbers for books and microfilm that I want to view when I get there. Since I’m a firm believer in being as prepared as possible before I begin my journey. I certainly don’t want to use valuable time at the FHL to look up information that I can find at home.

Currently I’m preparing research plans for my trip to SLC in a few weeks when I will attending RootsTech 2014 and several days of research at the FHL. My focus for this research trip is on my Woodward family. I’ve several burning questions in addition to my brick wall.

My great grandfather Daniel R. Woodward served in Company E of the 16th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers (as did several of his brothers, cousins, and nephews). I know from his pension application[1] that he was injured at Camp Parapet in Louisiana, when he fell over a stump in camp. What I want to know, is how did Company E travel to Louisiana—did they travel by train, did they travel by sea? My plan was to identify a regimental history of the Sixteenth New Hampshire Volunteers and if one existed to determine if it is available at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. Not only did a find a regimental history, I found (via the FHL online catalog) a copy of that history that I could download onto my computer. Let me share the steps I took to find the record.

1) Take advantage of my subscription to Mocavo.com and search for Daniel R. Woodward with the keyword “New Hampshire” (hoping to locate sources that contain references to my Daniel R, in addition to a regimental history of the sixteenth NH volunteers).

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2) Search WorldCat.org for History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers so I could locate all the information I needed to write a source citation for the book.

Mission accomplished: L.T. Townsend, History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers (Washington, D.C.: Henry L. Johnson and Luther T. Townsend, 1897).

3) Search Google Books for the History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers. Perhaps I could locate a free downloadable PDF file of the volume.

The book was listed in several forms on Google Books, but no downloadable copy was found

4) Search the Family History Library online catalog (FamilySearch.org) to determine if a copy is available at the FHL; if so, record the form and call number).

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Yippee! I can read the regimental history here at home in the North Georgia Mountains instead of using my very valuable time at the Family History Library.



[1] Union Pension File of Daniel R. Woodward, File Number: #WC-711-973, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (RG 15); National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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