It is 6.30am as I write this having had another night of not sleeping very much. I really wish I could shake off the jet lag as it never stays around this long.
Yesterday was another terrific day. I was up early and even early to class as Rick Sayre was going through the homework the previous night – it was a military case study which I didn’t do as it was US focused. The next session of the day was on land records which was interesting as you could see what information was available for genealogical purposes. What is even better is that I can easily transfer the methods for analysing, interpreting and correlating records to Australian or Irish or Scottish land records.
After lunch, Judy Russell kept us all awake with her presentation on Bringing law to bear on complex genealogical problems. This was excellent as she talked about why it was so important to know the laws of the time when analysing information from various record sets. Her case studies were terrific examples of understanding how problems can be solved once you know the law. Judy even helped solved a question I had about why a great great aunt who arrived in New York City in 1890 from Ireland would bother to become a naturalised citizen at the age of 68 in 1940. It was because the law at that time required ‘aliens’ to be registered so she probably decided to ensure that she was an American citizen.
Last session of the day was on transcribing, abstracting, extracting and quoting documentation and we had homework to do along the same lines. A will had to be transcribed, an abstract produced, the document had to be cited, a research question developed, the document analysed and then an initial research plan developed!!! There was no lying around watching TV last night!
Well there wasn’t time for it anyway. I headed out after the last class along the street and around the corner to a function offered by Legacy Tree Genealogists. It had snowed quite heavily in the afternoon so there was ice on the pavement. Needless to say I walked very slowly and my fellow SLIG walkers were very patient with my tortoise like pace. (I should have taken you up on your offer of snow boots Helen.) Luckily it wasn’t very far. There was a great group of people at the function with some lovely food (so dinner was not required) and it was good to chat about how other professional genealogists do their work.
Luckily for me the weather was clear in the morning so I got some great shots of the mountains I can see from my hotel room.