30 x 30 Challenges for August
Janine Adams, over at Organize Your Family History, proposed a 30 x 30 Challenge for August. Quite a few of us have taken her up on that. I'm sure she'd be happy if you'd like to join in too. Just comment on her blog article here: https://organizeyourfamilyhistory.com/august-30-x-30-challenge-whos-with-me/
Janine intends to work on processing her backlog of downloaded documents. I'm going to do the same - so for 30 minutes X 30 days.
The free access to so many sites and databases during this trying time is much appreciated, but I want to get busy using and sharing the information in those downloads. I can't do any of that till I've organized the ones tucked away waiting...patiently waiting. (As I go, I'm keeping an eye out for people's signatures. I've always intended to do something with the ones I have. Now I'd like more!)
And by doing this 30 X 30 Challenge, I will get myself back in the groove of organizing them as I go. I did my first 30 minutes first thing this morning. Ta Da! Feeling good for #genealogy.
I've also got a more personal challenge - to get some exercise every day whether it's a walk, climbing stairs or (mild) yoga. I'm just not used to 'staying home' so much. Although I won't complain about the extra time for both genealogy and reading :-) In fact, I may add audio book listening to this.
Exercise is done for today too. I am now keeping track of both challenges.
Project - another photograph album to scan; then to rebox the albums.
Project - to examine and photograph title pages, etc, of the bibles. Why do I have so many? There's a good genealogy question. Maybe I'll have an answer in September.
Plan - of course, I want to attend a few special events. The ones listed below are all free.
Today and tomorrow, I'm enjoying the Guild of One-Name Studies' August Allsorts Web Seminar with a variety of topics - TNG websites, DNA, directories, the Royal Navy, asylums. Here's the Allsorts Seminar page, follow the link there to the recorded sessions. Free to watch till 14th August.
Then, I'm looking forward to:
The Scottish Indexes Conference, 29/30th of August - the best! And free. (Donate if you can.)
“Researching Displaced People” with Julie Goucher, 23 August, 2020 - a Virtual Genealogical Association membership webinar
Bout of Books 29, 17 August - 23 August, 2020- a laid back week-long readathon.
I keep an eye on the GeneaWebinars calendar for upcoming events.
For example, this week, 6th August, the Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting a webinar on using ScotlandsPeople with Bruce Durie.
And on 22 August, the Victoria Genealogical Society is sponsoring "Google Earth Pro: A Geography and History Tool for Genealogists" with Elaine Fraser.
Of course, now it's time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at GeneaMusings
Today, Randy Seaver asks: "Did You or Your Children Know Their Great-Grandparents?"
No, I did not know my great grandparents.
Although I heard quite a bit about all of those on Mum's side (Mary Janet Wood / Walter Scott; Janet Carmichael / William Irwin) and some about Sarah Anne Staines / David Saggers on Dad's side. Almost nothing about Mary Ann White / William Rogers, my paternal great grands.
My dear children knew and remember one of their greatgrands - my maternal grandmother, "Na", Amy Scott (née Irwin). I posted a photo of her with the kids for another of Randy's recent challenges. She was born in 1884, and died too soon in 1983. See their photo here.
As it happens, I have just finished one of my July challenges - to rescan one of Na's photo albums. Here's a photo I love from that album.
Yes, that's my Mum, on the horse. If you look closely you can see she's either really upset or 'mad as a hatter'. I can hear her now - "Get me down, down, down! I'm going to run away and be a city girl!" And Na, "Shush, shush. Nothing worth tears, your father's taking a picture. It'll only be one more minute."
Neither could have guessed this photo might be seen anywhere in the world on the Internet 100 years later.
You may notice, at the top of the photo, that scrawled "ME". Yes, when she was little, Mum wrote on quite a few pictures of herself. Now, if I'd even thought of doing such a thing, there'd have been such trouble!