http://www.smcgs.org/) on using online newspaper databases in genealogical research. Almost 60 people came, and we kept adding chairs. The talk went very well, and everyone said I explained things very clearly and that the examples were excellent. One person told me she felt "inspired!" That's the kind of thing you love to hear as a speaker! It was a great group, and they've asked me to give another talk later this year.
Right after my talk I drove as quickly as I could to get back to Oakland so I could attend the Blogging 101 workshop at the California Genealogical Society (http://californiaancestors.org/), where I learned how to get this blog going, thanks to Craig Siulinski (http://augustlegacy.blogspot.com/). He was a patient instructor and walked everyone through the process. It obviously worked -- my blog is here!
I think my Saturday represents a fundamental truism of genealogy -- we can always learn more, and we often can teach someone else something that will help that person with his research. Take advantage of educational opportunities as often as you can, and reach out to others to give them guidance with their research if you can.
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
"Newspapers Online" Talk in San Mateo
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Congratulations! Yours is the newest CGS member blog listed on the sidebar of the
California Genealogical Society and Library blog. Craig has promised to write me a blog report on the workshop. It sounds like it was a great success!