Monday, April 20, 2015

The D.I.R.T. Survey Results Are In!

Our recent survey results showed an overwhelming wish to have actual "how to" classes in genealogy as a part of our club meetings. At the same time, the more experienced folks asked for more time to help each other and enjoy everyone's results. Denise and I put our heads together and came up with what we hope will be the answer to fulfilling everyone's needs. In so doing we are adopting a new meeting format.

During the first hour of each meeting we will now teach, starting from the very beginning this coming week, how to start or do-over and store your family genealogy research in an organized, usable manner. Each week we will utilize the new projector, your beginner packets, handouts, and other devices and props to gradually build your abilities and organization skills. We will divide up the information to present both traditional, hard copy and digital approaches to each topic. When we are done you will have heard the "who, what, how, when, where, and why" of all phases of genealogical research. We urge you to procure a notebook dedicated to what you want to take notes on during these lessons and, perhaps, even using the outlines provided each week. Don't forget your beginner packets, as we will go over and use many of the sheets from them. 

Then in the second hour we will have discussions of brick walls, success stories, one on one help, our beginner's corner and various fun things like our indexing contest to work on together. More experienced searchers can pair up with beginners who want some extra guidance. We can plan excursions and share things we've found that are related to the topic.
We will still try to find webinars, speakers and other special events to keep it all fresh. The topic of cost has been tabled pending a new directive from the directors at the Lake House facility.

Come for one hour or both, depending on your interests. We really have tried to meet your requests in the spirit of the 2015 do-over currently popular in the world of genealogy and hope your interest is piqued to give it a try.

The usual reminder will go out on Monday of the next meeting date. Hope to see you !

-- submitted by Linda Mecchi

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