A Month of Activities, Conferences and FUN!

Federation of Genealogical Societies, Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Michigan Genealogical Council – all in about a months’ time (well, kinda …. late September through October)…..

The late summer and early fall are a time in the genealogy community of much activity, conferences, meetings and learning. This year, I went from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC and Lansing, MI with my own speaking engagements (my company is Lineage Journeys) and other work put in around the gaps. It has been a month of learning, networking, growing and even a few challenges here and there. All in all, a great experience with some new relationships within the genealogical community and some new research findings that are helping clients and even my own families.

AND one of the really interesting things that I learned about was how to get involved in the historic and very important indexing of the naturalization records of the State of Michigan, held by the Library of Michigan in Lansing – you can be part of getting those records ONLINE! Yes!!!

Michigan’s Naturalization Records can be transcribed by YOU!!!

All of us would LOVE to have EVERY record about our families posted on the Internet so that from the comfort of our homes, we could find everything we need. Well, that’s a lovely thought but SOMEONE has to do the typing, the uploading, the work! And it’s exciting and fun to be part of a project and work that is BIG – to be part of something historic….. so here’s your chance!!

Click on the link here:The Library of Michigan’s Naturalization Records Project which will take you to the page you can see here … there are instructions, it’s an online indexing tool (working with Family Search) so you don’t have to download anything to your computer that you don’t like or want. And you too can be part of something historic!!!
Seeking Michigan

AND THANK YOU FOR GETTING INVOLVED!!!!

Winner Announced!

CONGRATULATIONS to KimberlySavage!!!

Winner Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to Kimberly Savage!!!Kimberly won our giveaway of a FREE registration to the RootsTech 2018 conference in Salt Lake City!! She will join me and thousands of others in networking, learning and sharing at the largest worldwide gathering for genealogy.

Ok, enough shouting, right? But it’s exciting to welcome a fellow family researcher to the event, which will be my first too, but I’m also presenting so, for me, it’s an opportunity that is just too wonderful. I’m a networking DIVA and love the interaction and excitement of talking about your families, finding others researching similar lines and helping those who are just beginning the process – my way of “paying it forward” is to do the best job I can in sharing how to do the research and find the records that will help someone to know their family’s stories.

And, I’m hoping to meet Kimberly there – we have emailed and she’s saying that she will find me at the conference so that we can meet. That will be fun! And maybe she and I will find out too if we are cousins (my husband and friends will tell you that I’m always figuring out how someone is my cousin – we ARE all related, you know!!!).

So, congratulations Kimberly and thank you to all of you who entered the contest by following me here on the blog. Watch for upcoming content that will help those of you researching Ontario, French-Canadian, Quebec,
Michigan or First Nations/Native ancestry – those are the areas that I specialize in as well as doing genealogy overall. Let me know if I can help you: judynmuhn@gmail.com

YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!!!

YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!!! A FULL REGISTRATION TO THEROOTSTECH 2018 CONFERENCE in SALT LAKE CITY in 2018!!!!

Roots Tech 2018

Roots Tech 2018

Imagine – the LARGEST genealogy conference IN THE WORLD!! Thousands of genealogists, companies that support them, books and webinars, demonstrations, labs, opportunities to learn new research skills and find out about the repositories that will help you to document your family’s history …. that’s RootsTech 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018!

As I will be there offering two workshops – Acadian & French-Canadian Research and You CAN Take It With You: Mobile Genealogy Tools – I would love to meet you! However, you have to GET there! SOOOOO …

I’m offering you a chance to win a FREE (yep, you read that right!) registration for the whole RootsTech 2018 conference (airfare, hotel, meals and lab sessions not included). Click at the bottom of the photo to go directly to the website for more information, HOWEVER – did you see the “Subscribe here” in the upper right area of this site?? That’s how you can enter to win my contest – subscribe to my blog!!! It’s easy and I’ll pick a winner by random draw from those who subscribe – you get EXTRA entries for a chance to win if you tell your friends to subscribe to my blog (email me at judynmuhn@gmail.com with the list of names of your friends!). Simple as that!

The rules??

You MUST enter by Sunday, October 29th by 11:55 p.m. – that’s your DEADLINE!

The winner will be announced on Monday, October 30th here on my Blog, on my Lineage Journeys Facebook page and will be contacted via email.

Questions? Contact me at judynmuhn@gmail.com BEFORE Sunday, October 29th – I won’t respond to emails on Sunday, the 29th, so please let me know if you referred people who signed up with their emails BEFORE the contest ends, or with questions.

A GREAT GENEALOGY CONFERENCE

VISITING WASHINGTON, D.C. & ATTENDING A GREAT GENEALOGY CONFERENCE!!!

DAR Entrance

Having JUST returned (it was just over a week ago) from the Association of Professional Genealogist’s (APG) Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Washington, D.C., there were SOOO many things learned to pass along!First – don’t go to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA for short), or the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR for short) Library and Headquarters or any of a number of locations when researching without preparing ahead! These are amazing research facilities but with millions of records, categories, topics and time periods, you will waste alot of time if you haven’t looked at the catalog online.

As I knew for months that I was going – that’s me (my company is Lineage Journeys) at the top sharing my Poster Session entitled What’s In A Name: Clues to Ethnicity & Name Changes – so I began early on to do my online research. Thanks to the APG for the helpful webinars on getting around D.C., the archives and more, I was prepared and ready. The focus of my one day of research (I SOOO wish I had more time and money to do this!) was my husband’s family’s descent from a number of Revolutionary War soldiers. Because others have become DAR members from descent from the same ancestors, I found those applications online at the DAR’s great website (https://www.dar.org) so I was prepared to walk into the library and obtain the documents that were used to prove their lineage.

Was I about to be amazed!!!! Would you look at this incredible room?? This is heaven to a genealogist, besides the spectacular architecture, right?! Not only did I easily obtain the documents that I wanted about my husband’s Revolutionary ancestors (really??! A birth record from 1750 and more!) but I was in this environment that was comfortable, helpful (the staff and volunteers of the library are gracious and warm) and I was given good advice, guidance and maximized my time so well that I was able to take a leisurely stroll back to the Metro for the ride back to the hotel.

So my big tip for today? PLAN AHEAD, RESEARCH AHEAD, and by all means, LEARN about where you are going AHEAD so that you use your time well.

Announcing some great news

Genealogy Forms

2018 is lining up to be a great year for genealogists everywhere and I get to help by sharing research tips & strategies at the #RootsTech 2018 Conference RootsTech 2018 (the LARGEST in the genealogical world!) in February 2018 and the National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan in May 2018!