We’re closing in on the last quarter of the year, and it’s been about 3 months since I updated my goals, so I thought I should give a quick update:
I have already had to beg off of another ProGen Study Group placement … and I just feel terrible when I have to do that, so it adds a little fuel to the fire. Here’s where I am so far:
Complete and submit Lesson 7 DONE!
This lesson definitely challenged my artistic skills, as well as my spatial recognition skills. Let’s just say that I’m glad there are a lot of 90-degree angles in the cemetery plot I chose to diagram.
Complete and submit Lesson 8 DONE!
I am constantly amazed at how many records are NOT stored on-site at our local courthouse. Everything has been microfilmed (but not digitized …). This might be a good project for our society.
3. Complete and submit Lesson 9 On Appeal
Submitted original assignment 6/12/14; rec’d grade 7/28/14; submitted appeal and resubmitted assignment 7/31/14; rec’d ruling 8/15/14 and appealed that ruling – still waiting for final grade and ruling on appeal
Complete and submit Lesson 10 DONE!
Local land and tax records, three assignments. I’ve read the text, and am abstracting the deed for one of the assignments. Two assignments remain – and I can knock both of them out with one visit to my local Register of Deeds. I plan to complete this lesson this week.
5. Complete and submit Lesson 11 On Appeal
Submitted original assignment 6/24/14; rec’d grade 7/28/14; submitted appeal and resubmitted assignment 7/31/14 – still waiting for grade and ruling on appeal
6. Complete and submit Lesson 12
Passenger Lists … unfortunately, this one might take some time as well, since I have only located the entry point for one of my ancestors. Maybe working on this assignment will help me find others … we’ll see!
7. Complete and submit Lesson 13
Naturalization Records. Another one with which I might have to resort to records of people who are strangers to me. I have copies of a couple of the record types, but have never seen the others. This one will be a challenge.
8. Complete and submit Lesson 14
Military and Veterans Benefit Records. This one will be tough. I’ve requested service records from NARA on a few ancestors, but have consistently received the notice that the records had been destroyed in the fire. I may try another ancestor, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll just have to utilize the alternative option.
9. Complete and submit Lesson 15
Evidence Analysis and Kinship. I’m looking forward to this one, and dreading it at the same time. Fortunately, (thanks to DearMYRTLE’s various hangouts) I’m familiar with this topic which makes it a little less formidable … but only a little.
10. Complete and submit Lesson 16
Likely the scariest of all lessons. I have to write a biography of an ancestor, complete with a written analysis and thoughts on further research.
Right now, with the problems I’m having with the instructions/grading and with the length of time it takes to get my results back, I’m honestly contemplating whether I want to continue with the graded course. I paid to take this course (in addition to my annual membership fees), so you would think that it wouldn’t take over a month to get a grade, and then even longer if you have to appeal that grade. I’m becoming more and more disenchanted with this course the longer I’m in it. As it stands right now, I will wait to see (1) how long it takes to get rulings on my two appeals and (2) the rulings themselves. If either of those are beyond my tolerance level, I will probably continue the lessons and just not submit my assignments for grading any longer. I’m waiting until I receive my grades for Lessons 9 and 11 before I begin Lesson 12. I have one more year to complete the last 5 lessons if I want them graded.
I can’t express how disappointing this is for me. This was part of my “Master Plan” to become a Certified Genealogist … but now I’m questioning whether it was money well-spent.
In the meantime, I have just joined ProGen 24, which starts November 1.
Do we share any ancestors?
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