Sunday, October 21, 2012
BUSY WEEKEND OF CONFERENCES
I have been busy for the past half year or so searching for my husbands Revolutionary War Ancestors. It is amazing what you learn about someone who your have known for forty five years. Actually, he was clueless about them, and in his defense, no one else in the family has even a hint that they might exist. Isn’t that a surprise?
On Friday I went to a lecture of D. Joshua Taylor, it was sponsored by the DAR, and the topic was ways for finding them. I have documented, thanks to his cousin Helen, back to their second great grandparents. I have found two Revolution War Ancestors, complete with the documentation and information about their pensions and service. I just need to find the links that connect them.
I have found information and this week I will go and search for deeds, land records, wills and tax records. The lecture on Friday night gave me some ideas. I guess it is a road trip of sorts, and I have made mental and written notes on what I need to do. The most important will be to call and see if they will be open. I hate to drive to central PA and find them closed, but the weather will be warm and leaves should be beautiful.
On Saturday I went to a conference sponsored by the NORTH HILLS GENEALOGIST and the speaker was D.Joshua Taylor again. He spoke on four topics on “Bridging the Gap, Tracing Families in the United States between 1780 and 1830.” Which is exactly what I am going to do, hopefully.
The other three topics were Discovering USGenWeb, Mapping Your Success: Employing Maps for Genealogical Research, and an interesting case study of his own family using the topics above.
It was an excellent day. Now, off to apply what I have learned.