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 spent some of the time searching for my Spracklin ancestors in the Somerset and Dorset area of England. It was very interesting. My father’s grandmother was Amarilla Spracklin Barclay. I was also trying to get more evidence for John Keller’s origins, he is a 3rd great grandfather. I am also making slow progress on the McDonald side in the research and will be posting about those findings in the future.
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. It is time for me to get serious about Scottish research. 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 about my findings in Ontario and more.
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 and sometimes more complicated.
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.