Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Join me in Salt Lake City for the FGS Conference

It almost here!!!!!  I am so excited to go to FGS and RootsTech.  I am not sure how things could possibly get any better.  Donny Osmond, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager will be keynote speakers.  The family history library is close by.  Thousands of people that enjoy the same things I do and vendors that sell things I would love to own will be gathered at the Salt Lake Convention Center.  There will be speakers on every possible subject for societies and family history. 

There will be social events for both FGS and RootsTech.  FGS will be hosting Behind the Scenes: Family History & Television. This event will explore television and family history.  RootsTech will be hosting YouTube sensation Alex Boye and the One Voice Children’s Choir.  RootsTech will also be hosting extended hours in the Expo Hall featuring a night of culture.   The RootsTech closing event will feature David Archuleta and the cast of BYUtv’s Studio C.

Attendees need to make time to socialize with new and old friends at lunch, dinner, or in the evenings.   Salt Lake has a plethora of eating establishments to visit with your genie friends.  The Gateway hosts several restaurants.  Tucanos Brazilian Grill offers breads, fried bananas, unlimited salad and entrée selections.  The Gateway has an Applebee’s, California Pizza, Flemings, and Jason’s Deli to name a few.  The City Creek Center located within walking distance to the convention center also has a number of places to eat.  The center hosts eateries such as Brio, Jimmy John’s, Subway, Chick-fil-A, and the Blue Lemon.   The Joseph Smith Building offers the Lion House Pantry, The Garden Restaurant, The Roof Restaurant and the Nauvoo Café.  I have always enjoyed my meals at the Nauvoo Café.  The Siegfried’s Deli has a delight.  The food is out of this world. 

Take time to be a tourist in the city.  There are many historical sites to visit.  The Beehive House is close to the convention center and the Family History Library.  The home was constructed in 1854. It is located at 67 E South Temple and offers free tours.  The city also has several other historical sites such as the Kearns Mansion, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, or the Old Pioneer Fort Site. 

PS-My daughter Juliana is a great fan of Laura Bush and is dying for an autograph - anyone have an in?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Getting Ready for FGS 2015: Making a List and Checking it twice!

No it does not matter is your naughty or nice –however making a list will help you get all that vital research done.   I currently have two lists that I am developing.  The first list includes hard copy books; the second is a listing of film to be reviewed.   

My book list includes the name of the book, location(call number), what I am looking for and some brief background such as William Hobbs 1787 SC – 1837 AL wife Frances McWilliams and a space to designate findings and whether or not copies were made.  I will sort the books into like call numbers and pull sections at a time to review. 

My second list is similar with a listing of microfilms that I want to review.  I did find a few that I will need to order ahead of time to have available during my visit. 

I am also making a list of items I will need to bring with me to the library.  The usual items include pen/pencils, paper, several USB drives (I have a tendency to lose things), my tablet, print outs of the library floors and snacks/water.  The last time I got busy researching and forgot to eat.  This time I will be prepared with some snacks that I can eat while taking a much needed break.  I also need to label all my belongings in case they get loose and wander the library without me. 

There are many specialists available with advice at the library.  If I can get my questions together I can visit a reference consultant and seek advice.  Sometimes a fresh set of eyes or ears is worth hours of research.  Here's to knocking down some brick walls!  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Taffy our Great Dane, Me ready for church choir, and Matt cir 1967

Taffy our Great Dane, Me ready for church choir, and Matt cir 1967

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM): Christmas Stories

When we were little, every Christmas my mother would have us listen to "The Cinnamon Bear" radio show.  We would listen almost every day starting after Thanksgiving to the adventures of Paddy o'Cinnamon and siblings Judy and Jimmy Barton.  The Barton's lost their Silver Star that belonged on their Christmas tree.  The radio show takes you through the adventure as Jimmy and Judy try to recover the star in Maybeland.  They run into the Crazy Quilt Dragon, The Wintergreen Witch, Penelope the Penguin and many others.

I know my brother and I would listen attentively while the show aired - it was a station in Chicago that replayed the original.  The show originally broadcast in December of 1937.  The radio show is available at Cinnamon Bear.  

“The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at”