Sunday, February 16, 2020

Nathan Dylan Goodwin Books

The St. Helens, Oregon public library bought three of Nathan Dylan Goodwin's books and I was the first to check them out. They are very well written and challenge any genealogist in the love of discovery of the roots of their own and others ancestors.


Hiding the Past, 2013, 228 pages
The Lost Ancestor, 2014, 249 pages
The Orange Lilies, 2014, 102 pages

I hope over time they will purchase his other eight fiction books and
his four books about Hastings in England. As a Hastings descendant
they should be interesting.

I love and support public libraries.
They provide so much cultural depth to our communities.
I donate to their used book sales and purchase books from them.
They have a list of books I am looking for and notify me if some are donated.
I love learning about our past and the lives of our ancestors.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

ICAPGen Renewal - My Activities 2020

Tonight there is a new page on this blog, ICAPGen Renewal Report 2020. This is not a perfect submission, but it is something that may help others in report writing. Below is the letter submitted covering my genealogy activities over the last five years. It has been an amazing ride and looking back is helpful in seeing where to go in the future. The serenditpity for me is that this is still something that I have a passion for doing. If you have ever considered applying for accreditation or certification, go for it! In the long run you will be a better genealogist and researcher.


Letter of Genealogical Activities 2015-2020                                                   20 May 2020
To the ICAPGen Renewal Review Board,

It is amazing to review the genealogical activities that I have been involved in over the last five years. Due to health issues there were some periods of time in which my activity was limited. Listed here is a synopsis of what that work encompasses.

2020 AG Renewal Accepted

This morning I received notification that my renewal of accreditation as a genealogist with ICAPGen was accepted. This required several different types of reports and items that include:
1. A signed Ethics Agreement
2. Education and Skill Building of a database maintenance project for a family from New England, 1 page review and a 5 page client report.
3. Education and Skill Building of 20 hours of viewing webinars focused on New England research, a 5 page report with notes from each webinar.
4. Letter of Genealogical Activities 2015-2020 some specific for New England, a 5 page report.
5. A client report for research on a family with history in New England. This included a 10 page report with background information, a research objective, research results summary, detailed research results, additional information, conclusion, suggestions for further research, and footnotes. There was also a 5 page research log. That is 31 pages total. The main 10 page client report was peer reviewed and scored.
This was a challenging process and I am so relieved to have passed a second renewal. Every five years after my original acceptance this process is repeated. My most important suggestion that I will share is to start early and submit it three months in advance of the deadline. It is also helpful if one is not working on other client projects as this requires a very organized and thoughtful process of producing the reports.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Anderson Cousins

Finally, called my mother's cousins who live locally. Why it took me five years I am not sure, but I am so glad that I came across the slip of paper with their name on it again. We met for lunch on Friday with her sister and had a lovely visit. They also have a brother living in the area and there are other cousins. I DNA match to one of their brothers and a niece. On my blog gophergenealogy.blogspot.com there are family stories under the surnames Cole and Neppl that tell more about our ancestors. Two of the lead articles are Cole Family Migration Article and Portland, Oregon WWII Article. Now I need to write more about the Anderson family. Making connections is wonderful.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mystery Woman

In September I attended the Family History conference at the St. Helens, Oregon public library. So many wonderful people. I even taught a class. There was one woman who spoke to me twice telling me she had to leave early to go to a baby shower. She looked so familiar, but I still can't think of her name. Please note that my brain processing is not so good when I am focused on other things. If this was you or you know who she is please let me know.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sharing Family Pictures


This past weekend members of our family met for dinner at my sister's house. Three siblings came and one brother did not. In preparation for this get together I completed a project I started over a year ago. At that time when we met I shared my mother's picture albums with them and they all tagged the pictures that they wanted with their individual colored stick on tags. Later one of my nieces also tagged the pictures that she wanted copies digitized. Each of their pictures was filed in their scan files. When I was finished there were over 200 pictures. I decided to give them their own pictures and all the other picture files on a flash drive. Now those files will be saved on four different computers besides my own and our back up hard drive. I still want to scan the pages of most of the albums. It is a challenge to share and then preserve the memories of our families. This is a great project for Family History Month in preparation for Thanksgiving when we may be together with our families. Just do it and you will be so glad that you did.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Setting the Record Straight - Genealogy

On August 9, 2019 I was invited to be on the Columbia County Talk Radio on station KOHI with Melinda Bernhert. Her show is Setting the Record Straight and the show focused on Genealogy. The digital copy access was recently sent to me and I want to share it with the people who missed the show. It is interesting listening to the show as the one hour in which I was sharing information was unscripted and passed in a flash. Melinda was fun to work with and guided the discussion well. The following link should take you to the digital program. I downloaded it to Google Drive and the recording was better.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AFox4zNQHv06hB-w6Fu0heWnjhu1GuOK/view