Everyone survived! We had a great weekend in Fort Wayne, IN and did a lot of research at the ACPL. What a library! The size of the building is impressive and the collections within these walls, amazing. Can you imagine being in a room filled with Family History Books, completely surrounding you? It was never a thought in my mind. Now that I am home, I just want to go back.
Unfortunately, I did not make any great finds in my research this weekend. To be honest, I think I was completely overwhelmed by all the great books and resources at my fingertips. I did find one clue that I will need to follow-up on this week. If this clue pans out, I might have found the final resting place for my last O’Connell great-uncle.
I also was able to eliminate a branch on my Richmond tree. Many who have done the research before me believe that our line connects with Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower. According to the books I looked through this weekend, it does not seem this is possible. It seems that there were many Richmond lines in the area and will really need to see who William Cody Richmond belongs to. It was definitely sad to delete this line, lets face it, we would all like to find a bit of fame in our tree. You cannot get more famous than the Mayflower. Of course, it is possible that the family lines connect at a different place. I will have to spend a lot of time on this family to see if I can take it any further.
Anyhow, We all made it home safely and had a great time at ACPL and in Ft Wayne. Plans are being set in motion for a fall get together. I hope many more of our blogging friends will be able to join us.
In just one week (and a day) many Geneabloggers will be descending on Fort Wayne, Indiana. We will be researching at the Allen County Public Library and having a get together at the home of fellow geneablogger Tina Lyons and her husband. We have a great list of people coming, some from Illinois, Ohio and Canada. Yes, you read that right Canada!
The Midwest Geneabloggers Facebook page has been listing the blogs of those attending, but I thought I would put together a post here for everyone to read. That way, you will know who’s blog to read for updates on our weekend and to see if we get any research done. Plus, this will be a first time trip to ACPL for many, so I am sure there will be some posts about that as well.
Here is the list, in no particular order:
Tina Lyons of Genwish List
Jennifer Holik of Generations
Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana of The Last Leaf on This Branch
Stephanie Pitcher Fishman of Corn and Cotton Genealogy
Derek Davey of Genealogy – Northwest Ohio
Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers
Patricia Desmond Biallas of Genea Journeys
Linda Swisher of Round Tuit Genealogy
Diana Ritchie of Random Relatives
Jen Alford of Jen-Gens Family History
Susan Clark of Nolichucky Roots
Diana Biddle of Adventures in Brown County History & Genealogy
Kathryn Lake Hogan of Looking 4 Ancestors
Brenda Leyndyke of Journey to the Past
Shelley Bishop of A Sense of Family
Lisa Ellam of The Faces Of My Family
Lisa VonLanken of The Shy Genealogist
Karen Bennett of Karen’s Chatt
Margel Soderberg of 2338 W. Washington Blvd
I apologize if I missed anyone. If there is someone you know that is attending, please leave a comment so I can add them to our list.
That is a total of 20 bloggers all together. What a group. There are many bloggers listed that I have not met, yet. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you. If you have spare time in the next week (because you are super organized and have a research plan completed already) take some time to stop by these blogs and introduce yourself. See if you have any common surnames or areas to research. Maybe we can break a brick wall down together.
Many have written about the benefits that joining a local society might bring. I am not going to reiterate what has been written. I just want to say that in joining a local society, you open the door to many new friendships with those that you might never have met.
Also, any genealogy gathering is a great idea. I love spending time with others that have the same obsession as I do. The best thing is that they do not get the glazed over look in their eyes and they want to hear about your successes and your failures. We each have something to share that can be a great teaching moment for someone else. You just might not know it at this point in time.
Please, take the time out and make some connection in Real Life with local societies and groups. If you live in the midwest and have not heard, we are having a get together at the end of March. If you want more information, please leave a comment and I will get in touch with you.