New Year, New Chance to Reform
A New Year always offers a chance to start over. Whatever we've been doing that could be done better can be changed. Whatever we should be doing but haven't been doing can be remedied; and if we haven't been doing anything this is a good time to begin, especially for genealogists.
The prefix "re" beginning a word comes from the Latin, to indicate repetition, and can mean "again" or "again and again." We can apply words like reformation, reorganization, rehabilitation, reaffirmation, realization, rejuvenation, reallocation, reanalyzation, reappropriation, etc., to our genealogy and use them to motivate us to get on with it.
Perhaps you're stuck on a particular problem, and don't know what to do about it. Or you may be avoiding what you should be doing, such as writing your ancestors' stories. After all, research is lots more fun than writing. Or you may just need some encouragement to continue a work that none of your family seems to appreciate. Genealogist can burn out just as crisply as those in other disciplines.
Remotivation can come from talking to colleagues, reading genealogy books, taking classes and many other sources. The best way to find colleagues to encourage you is to join a group of like-minded persons. The Green Valley Genealogical Society (GVGS) is a great place to meet other genealogists. The next general meeting is Thursday, 17 January 2013, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley.
The short subject is Computer Software for Genealogy. The Main Program will feature Marcia Lindley and Sharon Scott discussing "Copyright Laws for Genealogical Publications and Web Pages." The Society meets each month October through April. Details of the March and April meetings are on the Society website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azgvgs/.
In February the Society is sponsoring a workshop and an all-day seminar taught by Jay Fonkert, CG a researcher, writer, and educator based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist. Jay's research experience extends from the American Midwest to The Netherlands, England, and Scandinavia.
Seminar Topics include Finding your pre-1850 American Ancestors; Documenting the Immigration Trail: A Five-step Approach; Solving Problems of Genealogical Identity: Two "A.P. Overlands" in Northern Minnesota; and Using DNA to Fill a Hole in Traditional Research.
The seminar will be held at Desert Hills GVR Center, 2980 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley on Saturday, 16 February 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Cost is $40 for GVGS members ($45 after Jan 18) or $45 for non-members. It is limited to a maximum of 100 participants and includes lunch.
The workshop will discuss Indirect Evidence, i.e., finding it, understanding it and using in genealogical problem solving. The workshop is Friday, 15 February 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Sahuarita Family History Center and limited to 30 participants.
If you want to jump start your research, attendance at one or both of these events will get your year off to a great start and remotivate you clear through to December.
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