Saturday, March 12, 2016

Where I Receive A Virtual Family History Kick-In-The-Butt

    My ten week hiatus is withering.  My family history juices are flowing again. And I'm happy to have had motivators to get me on down the road.  During this break I've been energized by consuming my genealogy-related blog feeds.  These bloggers/history writers/researchers/distant online buddies have provided many super reads!  They have informed and inspired.
Riding friends. Rosemary Weber, my mother, in center in the hat. Buddies motivating each other and enjoying the trip.
     As a result, I am ready for a somewhat revised strategy here at Indiana Ties.  My goals involve talking more about behind the scenes stuff, using specific research plans and sharing that process. I'll be talking about the steps, about successes and failures. I hope to use Indiana Ties more fruitfully,  to generate ideas and discover those ties.   
    Before I tackle that first timeline and research plan, I want to give a shout out to a few who've given me a boost recently.   There are several bloggers where I consistently look for relevant information, reliable guidance and/or stimulating topics.  Among the long list of fun and helpful genealogists are Judy Russell at The Legal Genealogist; Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers;  Michael Neill at Genealogy Tip  Of The Day; Jacqi Stevens at The Family Tapestry, Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings and Lisa Louise Cooke at Genealogy Gems.
    Also within that trusty group I recently received a kick-in-the-butt from three bloggers who seemed to be on a wave length I needed.  Their writings stirred some specific ideas and goals for me.  These ladies are: Lisa Alzo, The Accidental GenealogistAmy Johnson Crow, and Gena Philibert-Ortega, Gena's Genealogy.  Lisa Alzo is writing during Women's History Month on "Fearless Females."  Each one of her daily posts has brought to mind a lady in my past, such as her stories "Working Girl" and "Tragic Death."  Amy Johnson Crow's advice on "How To Build A Genealogy Research Plan" had some timely advice on building a framework and when not everything goes according to plan - adjust to conditions. She also raised my awareness to a couple of issues in "1 Reason You’re Not Seeing the Red Flags in Your Genealogy."    The other source of inspiration comes from Gena's Tips for Women's History Month 2016.  For instance, Tip #11 Phone A Friend, where she reminds us to pool our collective knowledge when we get stuck. It's something I'm reminding myself - Use the resources I have in organizations, social media and friends. Who can help me to brainstorm or make suggestions?
    I am grateful to all of the generous genealogists out there who share their knowledge, opinions and discoveries. If there is a way I can help others by sharing my research or resources, I am happy to do that.  Now, it's time for me to get on down that road.........

    Thanks for visiting Indiana Ties,

Note:  If you don't see the hyperlinks to the above websites, pass your cursor over the titles to see those links.  I'll have to work on this glitch!

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  1. OH, this is perfect!!! We just recently learned that Danny has a great great grandfather who was the attorney general for the state of Indiana back in 1862. So, now, I've got the genealogy bug and I've been trying to dig into his family - both adoptive and biological. It's been fun, but then I get to the point where I'm not sure how to organize all this info I've been turning up! I might need a little guidance from you! LOL Maybe I can take you to lunch one day and listen to your advice on websites, etc. to search for more info - especially where I've come up against some roadblocks. So, at the same time I started looking at my mom's family and then decided that I am doing too many families and need to focus on just one for now. I LOVE reading everything you post and look forward to seeing whatever you put out there for all of us! Thanks for all you've done! - Anne

    1. Hi Anne, How exciting about Danny's family history! Absolutely - we'll put our heads together. Would love to help out. Thanks for your support. See you soon.

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    1. In fact, I'm writing my timeline and research plan on a great great grandmother from Hessen right now. Thanks again for encouraging by sharing your expertise.

  3. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog Gena's Genealogy. That is very kind of you. I'm glad you found some inspiration in the tips this month.--Gena


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