Genealogy Do-Over – Month 3 – March 2017

The Genealogy Do-Over - Month 3 Topics: 1) Conducting Self Interview and 2) Conducting Family Interviews

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Topics: 1) Conducting Self Interview and 2) Conducting Family Interviews

Conducting Self-Interview

There are many different formats to use for your personal interview including a simple written narrative, a bullet point list of dates and places, or a family group sheet. Make sure you take your time and record the important data related to:

  • Birth
  • Marriage(s) and Divorce(s)
  • Religious events including bar/bat mitzvahs, baptisms, confirmations, etc.
  • Children

An additional option is to actually write out your own mini-biography in your own “voice.” You can then extract the data (next month) for your research log and you will have a nice memento to pass on to your family.

For my own Do-Over, I created both a personal interview and a family group sheet for my parents and myself. The interview is important; it is a “brain dump” of what I know in terms of dates, places etc.

Conducting Family Interviews

Once your interview is done, create a list of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relations who would have information about your parents, grandparents and other extended family members. Again, the format and method of interviewing is up to you. Some options:

  • Family Group Sheet: If you have a fillable form (print or online) have your family members complete as much information as possible about their own immediate families.
  • Record an Interview: With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to record an interview. Consider using Skype and one of the several Skype recording programs. Alternatively, download an app for your iPhone or Android device. Yes, you will have to transcribe or record the information, but what can compare to preserving the voice of a family member as they describe their family’s history?

Month 3 To Do List – Full Do-Over Participants

  • Conducting Self-Interview: Select an interview format that works for you and enables you to extract the necessary information to launch your initial research next month.
  • Conducting Family Interviews: Create a family group sheet for your parents and your siblings. One way to source these data points is to record an interview with each person and then complete the sheet, or have the interview subject complete the sheet and return it to you.

Month 3 To Do List – Review or “Go-Over” Participants

  • Conducting Self-Interview: Consider conducting an interview of yourself based on your memories of important life events.
  • Conducting Family Interviews: Review any copies of family group sheets in your files and check them for accuracy.

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Genealogy Bargains for Wednesday 1 March 2017

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UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Today is March 1st and this month we’ll be celebrating both National Women’s History Month AND Irish-American Heritage Month with special deals!

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NEW Genealogy Bargains

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Save 66% on Discover Your Female Ancestors Value Pack - regularly $148.96, now just $49.98 - “Female ancestors are hard to trace. It's a truth you've heard time and again, verified by your own research struggles. Maiden names go missing. Women seem to vanish into thin air. You're at the end of your rope. Don't give up hope just yet: There are always new tricks to try and fresh resources to explore. Here in the Discover Your Female Ancestors Value Pack, we've assembled some of our strongest material to help you out, from detailed strategies in the independent study and video courses to quick reference material in the cheat sheet.

  • NEW! Save 66% on Discover Your Female Ancestors Value Pack – regularly $148.96, now just $49.98 – “Female ancestors are hard to trace. It’s a truth you’ve heard time and again, verified by your own research struggles. Maiden names go missing. Women seem to vanish into thin air. You’re at the end of your rope. Don’t give up hope just yet: There are always new tricks to try and fresh resources to explore. Here in the Discover Your Female Ancestors Value Pack, we’ve assembled some of our strongest material to help you out, from detailed strategies in the independent study and video courses to quick reference material in the cheat sheet. Don’t miss a moment—find your females now.” Click here to save – via Shop Family Tree

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ONGOING Genealogy Bargains

FREE WEBINAR - Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG - Wednesday, March 1st, 1:00pm Central - “It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. Yet, an estimated one-half of early immigrants came to America as apprentices, indentured servants, and redemptioners. And, a good many of those were children.”

  • FREE WEBINAR – Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG – Wednesday, March 1st, 1:00pm Central – “It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. Yet, an estimated one-half of early immigrants came to America as apprentices, indentured servants, and redemptioners. And, a good many of those were children.” Click here to register – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Salem Witch Hysteria begins

29 February / 1 March 1692 – Salem Witch Hysteria begins. The Massachusetts Bay Colony village of Salem had experienced a strange February in which several teenaged girls exhibited bizarre behavior and attributed their ailments to witches. Three women were then arrested on 28 February 1692. One of the accused, Tituba, a West Indian slave, broke down under questioning on 1 March and admitted to being a witch. Soon the teenaged girls accused four other residents, and by the end of April, 19 women had been accused of witchcraft and were languishing in jail— including a four-year-old child. Massachusetts governor Sir William Phips, seeking to control the growing terror, ordered trials held. In October, the special court was dissolved after growing protests of the trials’ unjust proceedings. By then, 19 people had been hanged, 5 had died in jail, 1 had been tortured to death and more than 150 had been imprisoned. Two dogs were also executed. On 14 January 1697, Judge Samuel Sewall publicly apologized and a court-ordered day of atonement began. In 1711, all those accused of witchcraft were pardoned by the colony’s legislature.


Today is Wednesday, 1 March 2017, and here is what’s available in terms of genealogy blogging and other related events in the Genealogy World:

Genealogy Blogging Items of Note

  • Today: Admission Day – Ohio, Admission Day – Nebraska, Ash Wednesday, Data Backup Day, William Bradford’s Birthday – Anniversary, Irish-American History Month begins, Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping – Anniversary, Glenn Miller’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Women’s History Month begins, Peace Corps Founded – Anniversary, St. David’s Day – Wales, Salem Witch Hysteria begins – Anniversary, and Dinah Shore’s Birthday – 100th Anniversary.

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.


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