Adventures in Genealogy
Or "Rednecks, School's Out and Road Trips"
by Uncle Hiram
It's four million degrees outside and the humidity is 98 percent, summer has come to Texas. The little blondes (My Kids) have stopped talking about algebra and geography and started talking about lakes, swim suits and lord help me the "B" word (Boys).
All over the country people are packing away their coats and making plans for the summer. Tips to the beach, vacations to the mountains, camp outs in the woods and yes even Safari's to the wilds of Michigan to see the untamed Jaymaker in its native habitat.
At this point I am sure many of you (Including my Editor) are wondering what is that senile old redneck babbling about this time. How should I know, Yall think I pay attention to what I'm saying? (GRIN) OK, Ok, Yes I do have a point.
Over the past few years I've noticed a trend in online genealogy and at the genealogy society meetings. No, I am not talking about the controversial introduction of "Artificial" beef jerky. I am talking about the tendency for folks to take the summer off from genealogy.
I can understand the desire for a break from the routine. What I would like to suggest is instead of putting away your research for three months you try something new. If you have never been to an online genealogy chat --- Try one. There are several excellent ones out there, about.com/Genealogy (http://genealogy.about.com/hobbies/genealogy/), Dear Myrtle (www.DearMyrtle.com) on Mondays or the Golden Gates Genealogy Forum on AOL.
Go visit a small town Genealogy Society, visit a genealogy library you have never been to before. Go cemetery hoping. Visit a local FHC. Do something new.
This summer I have decided to try and visit all the Genealogy Societies in my part of East Texas. So far I have visited the Van Zandt County Gen Society (Which I joined) and the Tri-Counties Gen Society (Hunt, Fannin and Collin) meeting. The only drawback so far is that the Tri-County Gen Society persuaded me to come back and give them a "Talk" during August.
I am planning on visiting the Greenville (Texas) Gen Society and the Franklin County (Texas) Gen Society during June. Still have not set up anything for July --- so if you know of a Gen Society in East Texas drop me a line.
What I am trying to say is try something new, don't let the high temperatures burn out your genealogy fever.
July 30th 2001, GenTrek Chat Room in the Golden Gates Gen Forum, I will be giving a talk on What to Include and what NOT to include in your research.
Aug 7th 2001, Tri-Counties Gen Society, Leonard Texas, I will be giving a talk on "Internet Genealogy".
- Adios and Keep Smiling!
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About the Author
"I am not rich or famous so I don't have a pre-prepared Bio written by some high paid ghost rider. So I will just give Yall the relevant facts."
- Bill Hocutt (Uncle Hiram)
Southern Footprints Magazine
Memorial Day 2001