Friday, October 9, 2015

Miottel Find: Theodor Miottel named as executor to John W. Miottel's estate 1911, Chicago

Ancestry has made available "Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999" and I have records of my Miottel family!

My Great Grandfather Theodore Miottel was appointed executor of his brother John's estate.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Little Saturday Night Fun with Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing

Saturday Night Fun with Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing join in! Please see Randy's post at


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Fifth Grade Memories

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along: 

1)  Remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and in fifth grade at school?  Was that one of the best times in your life?  Or not?

2)  Tell us about your fifth grade memories and the highlights of that time of your life - in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

Forest View Elementary School

Fifth grade was attended at Forest View Elementary in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  I was in Mr. Michaels' class.  I was a crossing guard along with John Cerza - we jointly helped at our intersection.  I thought 5th grade was the best for the most part.  I think I was the only girl that had to wear a bra and had a heads up on "the body talk" that we had to attend.  I used to hang out with a girls named Adele, Mary Fredrickson, and Kelly Bankson.  Boys were of course ok but not great.  I loved writing book reports and Mr. Michaels loved assigning book reports - I was happy.  It is also the year I started to learn how to sew, cook and bake.  I made rag dolls, did embroidery, and loved anything to do with horses.  I rode English at a stable nearby.  I did not like getting chased on the playground but I did enjoy my teacher and most of my fellow studnets.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Preparing for Certification.............Suggestions for advancement

The Boston University certificate of Genealogical Research program has been completed.  At the end of our course the instructors made some suggestions for furthering our education.  Friends and other genealogy acquaintances have also made suggestions.  I decided to put all the suggestions together to form one master lists.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.  Here is what I came up with: 

NGS Home Study Course
Boston University Certificate Genealogical Research
University of Toronto, National Institute Gen. Studies
ProGen Study Group
Review BCG Application/Begin research prior to application
10-12 March 2016 San Antonio Texas
GRIP Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
June 26-July 1 2016 and/or July 17-22
Pittsburgh, PA Info in November 2015
Registration opens 19 January 2016
International Society for British Genealogy and Family History
NIGR National Institute on Genealogical Research
July 2016
Registration and announcements December 2015
SLIG Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Join APG
Subscribe to BCG OnBoard
Read Blogs such as Genealogy Education by Angela McGhie

APG Conferences
2016 22-24 Sept 2016 Fort Wayne, Indiana
FGS  Conferences
NGS Conferences
Get involved in your local genealogy society

Research, Writing, Compiling
Log at least 250 hours of research, writing, and compiling yearly - publish some writings and solicit feedback from peers.
Read and join discussion groups for major journals
  NGS,The American Genealogist, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, New England Historical and Genealogical Register

NGSQ Study Group

NGSQ Article Discussion Group

Second Life Genealogy Events – NGSQ Study Group