30 December 2015

It's Time To Get Organized!

Way back when, about 2004, Dear Myrtle published monthly checklists to help genealogists organize their stuff.  Many people, myself included, found these checklists very helpful.

Well I have some good news for you - Dear Myrtle is bringing the checklists back in a weekly format and designed with the beginning to intermediate genealogist in mind. 

She has big, big plans for this and you can read all about it HERE.

I'm Doing It!  

27 December 2015

I Am Attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - Are You?

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is a week-long intensive educational experience that takes students deep into their topic of choice. Students attending SLIG have the opportunity to advance their education with renowned genealogy experts during a week-long experience, network through special events, and tap into the wealth of resources at the nearly Family History Library.  

Each course offers twenty-five hours of in-depth genealogical instruction over a five-day period, with the exception of the Problem Solving and Advanced Practium courses, which are structured to focus on research with two hours in the classroom daily. 

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
When:  January 11-15, 2016 
Where:  Hilton City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost:  Tuition for week long course =  $485

As of  December 27th 11:40 pm Pacific Time the following courses still have seats available IF YOU HURRY.

Course 1: Intermediate U.S. Records and Research, Part II
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Course 5: Early U.S. Church Records
Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG

Course 9: Solving Problems Like a Professional
Michael Hait, CG

Course 11: Writing A Quality Family Narrative
John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA 

Course 12: Problem Solving
Luana Darby, MLIS

Course 13: Advanced Evidence Practicum
Angela Packer McGhie

26 December 2015

Hand-Drawn Family Trees

A couple of months ago, I wrote  some articles about some unusual family history records.  One was about  Frakturs which are hand drawn, elaborate certificates of birth and marriages.  I also wrote a post about mourning paintings that memorialize a deceased loved one.

I recently came across yet another fabulous source - hand-drawn family trees that are also "Works of Art."  I can only imagine how long and painstaking a process this must have been to create the trees below:

A Victorian hand drawn family tree - "The Baker and Aufrère Families" dated 26 June 1869 by Thomas Birch, London, England

Unknown family tree found on Pinterest

Genealogy of Henry II from the Nuremburg Chronicle

Albero Family Tree

Unknown family tree found on Pinterest

Sigmund Family Tree

The art form has evidently carried forward to present time.  There are several artists who will custom draw or paint your family tree in anyway imaginable.

The drawing above is by an artist from England who sells custom drawn family trees on ETSY and you will find her site HERE.

This hand drawn family tree with painted portraits of family members is from M.L. Mural Arts

This family tree is from an artist in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

This beautiful family tree is from a website called Genea Murgia from Sweden