This coming week is going to be crazy. I'll be all over the state in just a few days. On Wednesday, I'll be joining my buddies from the Allen County Genealogical Society to go to the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, Ohio for our annual field trip. Then, on Saturday, August 10, 2013, I'll be presenting Finding Eliza Jane's Family for the Montgomery County Genealogical Society in Dayton, Ohio. The next day, Sunday, August 11, 2013, I'll be zipping to the other end of the state to Fremont, Ohio to speak for the Sandusky Kinhunters. The program, 2 x 2 = 4 x . . . is a new one I'll be doing for the first time. I'm going to be worn out, but it will be worth it, because I know I'll have so much fun! Hope to see you somewhere this coming week!
If you missed the latest issue of Going In-Depth, you can catch it here: http://issuu.com/indepthgen/docs/2013-07-15-idg_goingindepth/1?e=6765931%2F4039196 My article begins on p. 47.
My latest blog article appeared on The In-Depth Genealogist blog the other day. I've been so busy this month, I haven't had time to share it with you or write on my blog, as you've probably noticed. Hope you enjoy it. I've got a couple of August 1st deadlines to meet. I'll be back on here soon.
The Family History Daily online newsletter has been placed on hiatus. The website will, however, remain online and the previous articles will still be available. If you did not get a chance to read my articles, you can find them by clicking here. Although, I enjoyed writing these articles, I am looking forward to having more time to catch up my other endeavors, including Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail. As you may have noticed, I haven't had much time to write on my blog. My current commitments seemed to have avalanched and I've been busy trying to catch up and to meet deadlines. Some items have been completed and checked off the "to do" list. These extra hours will help me to catch up and get back into getting new posts more regularly for you to enjoy.
The May issue of Going In-Depth magazine is out! My article begins on p. 12. Did you notice the title made the cover? How cool is that?
I'll be speaking for the Champaign County Genealogical Society at the Champaign County Historical Museum on Saturday, May 17, 2013 at 2 pm. The topic is Finding Eliza Jane. See my lectures page for description. Hope to see you there!
I'm thankful for all of the people who have heard me speak and enjoyed my talks enough to invite me back or come and hear me speak again at other places.
Here's my next speaking engagement:
April 28, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Van Wert Genealogical Society
Brumback Library, Van Wert, Ohio
Talking to the Dead
To see my speaking schedule anytime, click on the speaking schedule tab on this website. Be sure to check it occasionally for updates if you plan to come to hear me present a program or workshop.
Hope to see you there!
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Fort Piqua Plaza, Piqua, Ohio
Yesterday was a great day. I was one of the speakers at the Miami County Genealogical Society's annual Routes to Roots workshop. Miami County always puts on a great workshop and I've attended many of them in the past so was thrilled to be invited to be one of their speakers. I was also excited because I've been a member of this society for quite a few years and was inducted into their Civil War Families of Miami County several years ago. My first lecture was about finding Civil War pension files and compiled service records and using them to find female ancestors. I use my Miami County Civil War ancestors to teach how to use these records to fill out your family tree. I'm not sure that they were aware of that fact when they chose which of my lectures they would like me to give, but the audience seemed pleased when I told them that Finding Eliza Jane's Family was created from my research on my Civil War family from Miami County. Later, in the day, I presented Talking to the Dead, which is the lecture my column in Going In-Depth digital magazine is based on. Apparently, my lectures went well, because they invited me back this summer to do another workshop for them!
My only regret of the day was that I would have like to have attended Derek Davey's talk on the Genealogical Proof Standard, a topic that every genealogist needs a thorough understanding of. Derek and I, however, were scheduled to speak during the same sessions. Hopefully, I can catch his talk another time. I was able to attend a great talk on using Family Search given by Joseph Herr, the director of the LDS Family History Center in Chillicothe, Ohio and part of Debra Nowell's talk on DNA.
My friends, Sara, Ray, and Linda went with me to the workshop. There was a small but nice vending area where several other genealogical societies displayed their publications for sale. Sara had a table with the Allen County Genealogical Society's books.
Although, I missed Derek's lecture, I was able to visit with him when he went with my friends and me for lunch. We weren't familiar with the local restaurants but door prizes were being given throughout the day and Ray won a free lunch at Mulligan's Pub. Mulligan's Pub is conveniently located in the building where the workshop was so all we have to do is get in the elevator an go down to the first floor and we were there. Nice atmosphere, good food, and great service.
The workshop was held at the beautiful Fort Piqua Plaza downtown Piqua, Ohio. Fort Piqua Plaza was originally a luxury hotel built in the 1800s. It had been abandoned and deteriorating until it was restored and reopened in 2008. It takes up a whole city block and now contains the Piqua Public Library, banquet and conference facilities, meeting rooms, restaurants, and shops. Mulligan's Pub is only one of the restaurants on the street level.
Throughout the day, I talked to a number of people I knew from Miami County and other county genealogical societies and met a lot of other nice genealogists. The library was opened until 5:30 so we were able to explore their genealogy room and do a little research before we headed home. We stopped for supper on the way home at a favorite restaurant in Shelby County.
Linda decided to take us home on an old state route rather than the interstate. The beautiful, sunny day ended with a spectacular sunset. The sun looked like a gigantic red ball with purple and blue and orangy-yellow streaks across the sky on either side of it. We discovered a couple of tiny, really old rural cemeteries and decided that we're going back one day when we weren't so tired and check them out. We'll photograph them and put them on Find A Grave if they aren't already on there.
I'm whooped today but yesterday was my idea of a perfect Saturday. I'm not a morning person but I'd get up anytime at 5 a.m. to have a great time like I had going to the Miami County Genealogical Society's Routes to Roots workshop.
I'm thankful for being asked to write about genealogy on Family History Daily and for other publications. It's very inspiring and motivating to know that other people believe that I have something of value to share with them. To read my March article on Family History Daily, click on the website's title.
I will be presenting the meeting program for the Allen County Chapter, O. G. S., this afternoon, at 2 p. m. at the Allen County Museum, Lima, Ohio. My topic is Uncle Sam's Records. On Tuesday, February 19, at 7 p. m., I'll be presenting a program for the Shelby County Genealogical Society at the First Church of God in Sidney, Ohio. My topic will be Talking to the Dead. If you're in the area, hope to see you there!
Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail
Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a genealogist and speaker in Northwestern and West Central Ohio. She has been researching her family history and actively involved in the genealogy community since 1998.
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