Sunday, January 16, 2011

Family Tree Magazine

Every now and then, when I'm at my local bookstore, I comb the magazine racks for genealogy magazines. Sometimes, I luck out and the current edition is still available.

And then, there are other times, when I'm not so lucky and the my bookstore has already soldout of that issue. This year, I'm going to start the year off right with year's subscription to my favorite magazine.

In addition, there are lots of "Family Tree Magazine" how-to videos at YouTube.com (20 at last count). One of them, Organize Your Hard Drive, grabbed my attention for obvious reasons!

I liked the idea of folders but I organized by research first by family surnames and then by category. For me, it made writing my family stories easier. No matter which method you choose, the goal remains the same: organizing your research.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mississippi Roots, Once Removed

If you still haven't read Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, this interview will tempt you otherwise. Spoiler Alert: The interview with Isabel Wilkerson immediately follows the minute forty-six second donation solicitation.

The Great Migration involved three streams: the East Coast, the Midwest, and the West Coast. In fifteen years, Wilkerson interviewed more than 1200 persons for this tome. Many friends have talked about this book but it wasn't until I saw her at BookTV.org, that I too wanted to know more about the migration. 

With Mississippi roots, once removed, I focused on Ida Mae (Brandon) Gladney, who migrated from Chickasaw County, MS to Chicago in 1930s. By contrast, George Starling of Lake County, FL migrated to Harlem in the 1940s and Robert Foster, of Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA migrated to Los Angeles in the 1950s.

Want to know more? Be sure to watch Part II of Amy Goodman's interview here.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Even though I'm still in the honeymoon phase of my new job, it promises to be everything that I hoped for.  With a feeling of gratitude, I'm absolutely inspired to make 2011 a year to remember.  With a combination of short-term and long-term goals, all things are possible. 

I can't believe that I'm even considering genealogy resolutions but here goes:
  • Read the Old Testament before June
  • Declutter & Get Organize 
  • Transition to Family Tree Maker
  • Mindmap two books & two articles each month
  • Source all family stories
  • Attend NGS & FGS conferences 

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