31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 9: Version 2.0
31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 9
I’m taking Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge for 31 Days to Better Genealogy and blog Amy’s questions, with my answers; I plan to make one blog post, adding daily. Hopefully by the end of the 31 days, I will learn how to better solve some of my genealogy questions. If you haven’t signed up yet, just click on the link below… never too late to catch up!
31 Days to Better Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow gives you practical steps to make your research more productive. Whether you are just beginning to climb your family tree or have been doing this for years, you can adapt the tips and methods in 31 Days to Better Genealogy to suit your needs.
Day 9 – Use a New Type of Record
Today’s tip from Amy is…”Try experimenting with new types of records you have never explored. When I am not sure of how to research certain info or new sites, I tend to procrastinate for a long time before diving in. Amy suggested exploring the “Card Catalog” on Ancestry or FamilySearch’s “List of Online Collections.” Be brave and dive into a new record that you’ve never researched – and explore.”
I took Amy’s tip and headed over to Family Search and searched the card catalog, but without much success on my searches; I never did like the card catalog in school. It didn’t take me long to become bewildered and confused and gave up.
In not being to be a quitter, I continued looking around and finding new records, but nothing that pertained to my lines. If I hadn’t already discovered a new record on my James P. Wilson, I would have discovered it today at Old Soldiers Home in Atlanta. If only I could find my Joseph T. Sharp’s burial – now would make me jump up and click my heels!
On Google, I found booklets called The Confederate Veteran: Published Monthly in the Interest of Confederate Veterans and Kindred Topics….. found on google play in books. These look to be extremely interesting, but lengthy.. so no time today to do much reading. I will download one of them on my kindle to read through. Even though I might not find my ancestor, I think they will be valuable in offering history on the Civil War.
While on Fold 3, I discovered a couple more Civil War pensions that I will be adding to a previous post on Day 8 on military service.
I do try and keep an open mind when searching, but often fall back to what I’m offered more on Ancestry… as most times – my time is limited. And on the days where we do have time… you begin searching early in the day, you look up later and it’s dark outside; hopefully you have discovered something as you just whiled away the afternoon.
But I will be reminding myself to stop shying away from what I don’t know – as I may learn something I didn’t know the day before!
An addition below to previous post….
While watching a recorded show of Genealogy Roadshow this morning, I heard a new word – Photo Morgue! I quickly turned to the internet and discovered that it is where many or most of the newspaper photographs end up… to be preserved. In today’s world now, the morgue won’t be storing many actual photos as we all shoot digital – in a way that’s sad.
I searched for an institution in Georgia with a “photo morgue” and found that the Georgia State University’s library houses many collections. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photograph Collection is over five million images, with m0st of them from the 1950s – 1980s; they also have preserved many of the local smaller newspapers. It would be awesome to look through those photos – what history they hold!
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