Friday, March 19, 2010

Paul Milner Presentation of March 18, 2010

We had a great turn-out for our evening meeting last night. Of course, Paul Milner always draws a good crowd! I believe we had some 35 members and 5 guests in attendance and, of the five guests, one chose to join our group.
The presentation, A New Location: Steps for Quickly getting started, provided us with tips to be used whenever we find the ancestor we're researching moving from on place to another. Whether the relocation is "across the pond" or just to the next county or State, the process remains the same. Paul supplied plenty of  personal accounts and anecdotes to illustrate his points keeping what could be a rather dull subject lively and entertaining.
The 10 steps he discussed were:

  1. Are You Ready to Move? [Be sure you have enough information before you transition to a new place.]
  2. Identify the Place
  3. Learn the History
  4. Join Genealogical Societies [related to the new location]
  5. Use Genealogical Guide Books [Easily found at]
  6. Learn what Events Created Records
  7. Identify the Records
  8. Identify Printed Sources
  9. Identify the Indexes
  10. Query Services
  11. Develop A Search Strategy? [Don't reinvent the wheel if you don't have to]
Of course, there is much more to each step so I'm sorry if you missed the meeting. I'm sure all of us who were there have much to mull over as we try to put this process into action.

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