Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) What genealogy fun have you had this week? What is your genealogy highlight of the week? It could be attending or watching a webinar or local genealogy society meeting, it could be finding a new ancestor, or it could be reading a new genealogy book, or anything else that you have enjoyed.
2) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Google Plus or Facebook post.
My highlight from the past week was the San Diego Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday, 10 August. The speaker was Mary Van Orsdol, who spoke on:
* "Library Skills for Genealogists, or How to Use the Carlsbad City Library Genealogy Collection Effectively." Mary noted that we genealogists collect people, places and records. The records need to be understood - who created them, what, when, where, and how were they created, where are they now, and how can we access them? She then described the Carlsbad City Library Genealogy Collection, which has over 25,000 surname and locality books and many national, state and local periodicals.
* "New Netherland Research." This is the first talk I've heard devoted to this topic, and I was fascinated by the breadth of information available. Mary described the time frame and geopolitical events of the 17th century, described the Dutch naming conventions, and then described the Dutch and English record groups available for researchers. In addition to a short bibliography, she made her 13-page syllabus on the subject available to attendees. The syllabus contains information for Dutch naming conventions; Dutch Reformed Church records; New Netherland civil records; New York colony civil records, including town records, marriage records, land records, probate records, lists of inhabitants; New Jersey civil records; collected genealogies; Research Guides; Organizations and Journals.
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