Ancestral Wales

Our Stories, Our History

Genealogy Education

Inspiration

I spent the day at a genealogy conference and I feel like a sponge that is absolutely saturated.  If you have never been to one and you love genealogy, all I can say is go, go, go!! I challenge you to treat yourself and you will come home inspired and eager to try out different things.

Today I learned:

  • How important saving my work in as many different formats and places as I can manage.
  • Blogging  – not just about writing blogs, but learning how to find ,use and mine information out of blogs.
  • How to squeeze /interrogate my records and think outside of the box when using them.
  • Social Networking.  What can I say, but I’m already on board, hooked and absolutely love the benefits of many Social Network activities (next I need to learn how to work all these new things into my schedule and still have a life with my family)
  • I also learned more about organization and conservation from someone who thinks it’s ok *gasps* to break books apart and copy them.   Please note that as someone who has worked in a library for over 25 years, this absolutely horrified me and made sense all at the same time.
  • About my Genes!  Can my family history research help to save lives?

The by-product of this conference was that I met a lot of lovely people who will become friends,  heard wonderful family stories, shared tips and tricks and topped off the whole day with a marvelous dinner.

What more could a Genealogist want?

Many many thanks to Thomas MacEntee, Dick Eastman and Lyn Meehan for their inspiration today.  It is truly appreciated!

Link Library “Communities” section

I’m in the process of adding a “communities” section to the individual counties pages.  I’d like to highlight small community websites that have historical/genealogical significance.  Please contact me if you’d like to recommend websites to be added.  Here’s an example of the type of website I had in mind. (Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion Community Website)

Between courses, work and website updates, I’ve been remiss in producing blog posts, but hopefully that will resolve itself quickly!

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