It’s been six months since I put my goals for this year out into the universe, 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.
Complete and submit Lesson 9 DONE!
This was probably one of the easiest lessons for me, since I had to take a Property Law course for my paralegal degree. I was definitely able to draw on my plat-drawing skills from that course! (shhh … don’t tell anyone, but I thought the plat drawing was FUN!)
4. Complete and submit Lesson 10
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
Migration … this one is going to take some time. There’s drawing involved. On a map. And then a report. With citations.
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.
Okay, so my progress is still slow-going. But at least it’s still going forward, right? I have renewed motivation lately, due to the current environment at my day job, so I hope to be done with this course in the next two months.
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