What a terrific morning with John Colletta! He talked on NARA records and really dispelled some of the barriers I had built myself about accessing the wealth of information in the Archives. Some of his items of interest included case studies of record groups that were other then the typical pension, naturalization and census records. Civil War draft registrations were particularly interesting for me because of the still unanswered question, “was Jens Dahle a substitute?” And “why did Thomas Halvorson muster in to the 1st Minnesota in February of 1865?” Thomas is my latest CW guy to deal with.
After a very pleasant lunch with the ProGen attendees, I attended a session by Judy Russell on “The Ethical Genealogist” and Paula Stuart-Warren’s session on railroad records. Judy’s session was a very good reminder to “play nice with others” and Paula’s session explored record sets related to railroad employment (my great grandfather worked on the railroad through Britt, IA until he earned enough to make a down payment on a farm.)
It was a good day and I look forward to learning more tomorrow.
What I have done since the last post: attended the NARA presentation, also talked to a woman who has a photo of her Revolutionary war ancestor and which has never been published; also met some wonderful folks interested in becoming certified; and reviewed two BCG applications. Judy R. urged me to get on the clock. Met Randy Seaver at the “blogging table” as well as Lisa Marie Cooke. Tomorrow I want to talk with