Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. http://www.isbgfh.org/
The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?” I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show. http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are
I started to build on my Boardman and McMurray/Jackson family lines on my mother’s side and I posted my findings on the Boardman and Brown blog I write. I also did some searching on the Spracklins. Spracklin is Amarilla’s maiden name. So I studied the records for Somerset, Dorset and more in England. I will be sharing those findings on my other blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in future posts. See the right panel of this blog for the links to my other family history blogs.
This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner. So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip to Salt Lake City. I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the family research at the Family History Library. It will be a very intense week of classes and researching. So I will be getting back to posting on this blog some time in November 2014. There is a lot of good information coming for future posts on the Barclays.
This course hopefully will help me to learn about Scottish genealogical research, figure out a strategy to “Finding the Greats.” Hopefully I can find John Barclay and Margaret my great great grandparents in Scotland. These are George A. Barclay’s parents, the subject of this blog. I want to visit the British Isles at some point within the next two years so I am getting ready.
This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library. https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes. https://familysearch.org/search I do know of people who go there even more than six times.
At the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Salt Lake City in 2010 Family Search announced that they would digitize their whole collection and it would take 100 years but they had created ways to improve digital transfer so they could do it in 10 years. I was amazed. Every time I go to their website it changes and gets better and better.
I was thinking of sharing my Powerpoint lecture: “Planning a Trip to the Family History Library,” on this blog but I created it five years ago and it is now very out-of-date, so you can see that Family History Library and their website have changed a lot.
Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip. One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.
“The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.